James Grimmelmann on Errors Published in the New York Times

Michael Giberson

Quoting Grimmelmann:

First off, the Times pleads its inability to re-report every challenged story. Fair enough….

It’s one thing not to revisit stories as new information becomes available. (The Times isn’t Wikipedia, after all, and we shouldn’t hold it to the same higher standards of timeliness.) But it’s something else not to append corrections to articles whose reporting was no good. The Times pleads lack of resources: We’re too busy making mistakes to fix them.

The Times isn’t Wikipedia? Correct. Just so.


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