iMediaEthics’ latest round-up of amusing, noteworthy or interesting corrections starts below!
1. Sanitation deaths: The New York Times wrongly claimed that every day in 2016, a sanitation worker was killed on the job. In fact, as the Times‘ correction reveals, 31 sanitation workers died in 2016, not 365. The error wasn’t only in the story, which was an op-ed. The print headline for the piece was “A Waste Worker Dies Every Day.”
The Times‘ Feb. 10 correction:
“A previous version of this article misstated the number of sanitation workers killed on the job annually. It was 31 in 2016, not one a day. (However, 439 people in the broader waste and remediation field were killed on the job that year.) The article also incorrectly described the seven people killed by private sanitation trucks in New York City in 2017. They were civilians and workers, not exclusively workers.”
Hat Tip: New York Post
2. What are Ticks?
Sometimes, errors are made in the details. NPR made an error like that this month.
NPR’s Feb. 13 correction:
“In one clue, we refer to ticks as insects. Ticks are arachnids.”
3. No Cookie for the New York Times?
The New York Times erred in a story about the South Korean women’s curling team, giving the wrong nickname for member Kim Chohi.
The New York Times’ Feb. 22 correction:
“An article on Wednesday about the recent success of the South Korean women’s curling team misstated the nickname of Kim Chohi, a team member. It is ChoCho, not Cookie.”
4. Is Donald Trump Jr. Trump’s Son or Son-in-Law?
Last year, the New York Times erred when it said Ivanka Trump was married to Pres. Donald Trump. The Times made a similar mistake in identifying Trump’s family members this month.
The New York Times‘ Feb. 24 correction:
“An article on Friday about new fraud charges filed against Paul Manafort in the special counsel investigation misidentified Donald Trump Jr. He is President Trump’s son, not his son-in-law.”