iMediaEthics’ latest roundup of amusing, newsworthy or noteworthy corrections is below:
Is Trump a magnet or a magnate?
An NPR story about the resignation of White House communications director Hope Hicks made an amusing error, claiming former Donald Trump adviser Sam Nunberg called Trump a magnet. The March 1 correction:
“A previous version of this story, in which Sam Nunberg was quoted calling the president a magnet, should have said magnate.”
The Washington Post wrongly claimed Brooklyn was in Quebec, Canada, somehow. The March 5 correction reads:
“Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly located Brooklyn in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is in New York.”
Hat Tip: Christopher Ingraham
Check that decimal.
The New York Times‘ March 1 correction: “An article on Wednesday about a political standoff between the National Rifle Association and Delta Airlines, using information provided by a consulting firm working for Delta, misstated the airline’s estimate of its economic impact on Georgia. It is $43.5 billion, not $435 billion.”
And check your math:
NPR was way off when it reported Los Angeles pedestrian deaths had increased 42 percent. Unfortunately, the real increase was 80%. The NPR March 2 correction
“An earlier version of this story stated that there was a 42 percent increase in pedestrian deaths in Los Angeles since the mayor launched an initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities two years ago. In fact, it was an 80 percent increase.”
Not an opioid addict:
Another mistake from NPR came when it reported that North Dakota’s first lady was an opioid addict. According to the correction, NPR got the incorrect addiction information from the White House. The March 2 NPR correction:
“An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum is recovering from opioid addiction, as guidance from the White House said. The North Dakota governor’s office clarifies that Helgaas Burgum is a recovering alcoholic. She is also an addiction recovery advocate.”