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“Regret the error, we do” – once we stop laughing

With a nod to our own house of  glass, I’m laughing out loud at the list of best and worst media errors and corrections of 2013, by Craig Silverman at the Poynter Institute.

The outrageous ones will give you a giggle: the British outlet that apologized and paid damages for an “exclusive” interview with Roger Moore that was completely made up; an American consumer magazine that admitted wrongly labeling someone a journalist when “in fact she is a practitioner of vibrational energy medicine.”

Don’t let your high dudgeon over the “error of the year” — bungled reporting by American news program 60 Minutes on an attack on American diplomats in Libya — make you overlook the delicious Star Wars-inspired “correction of the year.”

The list is a funny romp underpinned, as we’d expect of Poynter, by its founder’s mission: to nurture and hold to account the kind of independent journalism that helps “maintain the integrity, the stability, the progress of self-government.”

— Deborah Jones                                  

 Further reading:
The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013, by Craig Silverman at the Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute mission

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