Morozov corrected

Consider: an article written by Evgeny Morozov, published by Slate, with the title "Buzzfeed: The Virality of Evil". What could possibly go wrong? Here are the posted corrections, so far.

Correction, Oct. 29, 2013: This article originally used different analytics platforms to compare the BBC’s and BuzzFeed’s traffic. The sentence about the BBC has been removed because the comparisons are not exact. The piece also said that “The Viral Web in Real Time” is BuzzFeed’s motto. It was a prominently displayed tag line on the site for some time, but no longer is. The article also said that BuzzFeed is not interested in bringing local foreign news to the English-language blogosphere; BuzzFeed has a foreign editor and correspondents in Turkey, Syria, and Moscow. That sentence has been removed. The article also originally suggested that BuzzFeed is entering local advertising markets in foreign countries. BuzzFeed is not currently in local markets.

Good grief. As this is exactly what would happen if I had written such an article, the only reasonable conclusion is that Morozov is a fool. Read the rest

WSJ editorial corrected

Consider: an article written by Suzanne Somers, published by The Wall Street Journal, with the title "The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme". What could possibly go wrong? Here are the posted corrections, so far.


An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin (“Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”) that has been widely disputed. And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill (“Control your citizens’ health care and you control your citizens“) that the Journal has been unable to confirm.

Also, the cover of a Maclean’s magazine issue in 2008 showed a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the photo showed and headline referred to a horse.

I hope Mr. Churchill returns the Journal's call soon. Read the rest

"CORRERCTION" among newspaper corrections of the year

And this gem is way down the list. Poynter has quite a selection for you. Read the rest