Sometimes a correction can be downright unapologetic, like this one in June from The Sun newspaper in England (the spelling and punctuation being the way they do it in that jolly, old place):
“In an article on Saturday headlined ‘Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ’, we stated ‘two flat silver discs’ were seen ‘above the Church of Scientology HQ’.
“Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.”
Showing it’s never too late to run a correction, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., gallantly offered an apology for this, written by its predecessor, The Patriot & Union.
“We pass over the silly remarks of the President. For the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall be no more repeated or thought of.”
Yep, the paper had blasted Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address five days after it was delivered.
On Nov. 19, the 150th anniversary of the speech, the Patriot-News included this opinion of the Gettysburg Address in a clever, tongue-in-cheek editorial:
“In the fullness of time, we have come to a different conclusion.”
In the fullness of time, we’ll try to cut down on mistakes and do a better job, too, in 2014.
Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/sampollak.