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1. Who started #MeToo?

This correction is important for the record, as the origins of a movement or cause might get confused. NPR said the #MeToo movement started in 2017, when really it began more than a decade earlier. It did get considerable attention last year, but the first use was back in 2006. NPR’s Oct. 16 correction reads:

“This story mistakenly stated that the #MeToo movement started a year ago. In fact, it was started in 2006, by activist Tarana Burke. It took off after allegations of sexual misconduct against movie producer Harvey Weinstein were reported in The New York Times and The New Yorker in October 2017.”

2. Radicalization in prisons or Islam conversion?

The UK Times of London published what it admits is a “misleading” headline, but still raises questions. The headline read “Ministry blocks study into radicalisation in prisons.” But, the study in question was about “why prisoners convert to Islam and how conversion could lead to rehabilitation and prevent reoffending.” The new headline is “Ministry of Justice blocks study of Muslim conversion in prisons.”

The correction, published Oct. 16, reads

“Our headline, “Ministry blocks study into radicalisation in prisons”, was misleading (News, Oct 15). The proposed study is not into radicalisation, but into why prisoners convert to Islam and how conversion could lead to rehabilitation and prevent reoffending.”

3. No comment? Or forgot to reach out for comment?

Another NPR correction grabbed our attention. NPR reported that Rep. John Faso didn’t respond to its attempt to interview him for a story. But, it turned out NPR never actually tried to get in touch with him. According to the Oct. 15 correction:

“We incorrectly say in this report that Rep. John Faso had not responded to requests for an interview. In fact, reporter John O’Connor did not make those requests to the congressman or his staff.”

 

 

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