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Post Corrects Corrections Policy

Patrick Ruffini writes in his blog:

The Washington Post has embraced the idea of corrections-in-context. When it screws up, it not only edits or deletes the offending passages from its online version, but it posts a notice atop the article telling you what’s changed (see example).

This might not seem like a big deal to the average person, but to anyone who has been quoted (or misquoted) this is a very big improvement.  

Here’s why:  As soon as a reporter is assigned to cover a new story, the first thing they do search LexisNexis to see what has previously been written on the subject. 

So if “Reporter A” gets it wrong — “Reporter B” will read it, believe it, and perpetuate the myth.  It’s a vicious circle.  The result is that incorrect facts never die (nor do they fade away) — they keep getting re-printed.  In essence, the “truth” becomes what has been reported.

Kudos to the Post for taking this step!

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at MattLewis.org.

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