"Sincere apologies" from the London Evening Standard


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#2

Instant childish reaction to LOL, but that is actually really, really terrible.


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In their defense, it WAS part of the Whoresley show.


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We need only one piece of legislation to encourage journalistic integrity & proper fact-checking: ALL retractions and apologies are required to be printed on the front page, above the first story.


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Final Paragraph.


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While they may have good reasons for removing the original article--such as not wanting to risk someone missing the correction--such a removal always strikes me as "We did something stupid, now we're trying to cover it up". It's great that they've taken responsibility and posted a correction, but, in the digital format, it doesn't seem like it would be hard to correct the article itself. And they could add a "We regret the earlier error" at the end.

Call me nitpicky but I remember several years ago when Elsevier was caught deleting articles from some of its electronic archives. They had good reasons--some of the articles were plagiarized, for instance--but these were digital copies of the print publications, and there was no explanation why, when a patron would click on an article title in the table of contents, they'd get "404 not found". It took a court order to stop them. It was a solemn reminder of how tempting it must be for some publishers to rewrite history.


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Given the UK's libel laws I don't know if the newspaper made an error, or if the person in question really is or was a prostitute at one time, but they paper isn't willing to press the point.


#8

It was hilarious.


#9

It was better the first time around. NIPPLES.


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Oh come on man, in the case of Mr Horsley, it was a pretty forgivable mistake to make:


#11

Well that was uncomfortably informative.


#12

I was reminded of that uncomfortable conversation from Meet the Parents:

"I have nipples, Frank. Could you milk me?"


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It seems to me that there was an equal chance of her being called a horse.


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Mark Thomas's People's Manifesto had a suggestion that all corrections and retractions be printed at the same size and in the same position as the original story. I thought it was a brilliant idea then and I still do now.


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