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To: george wythe
Does the correction rate matter? From the LA Times http://www.calendarlive.com/cl-et-rutten7_may07_c.story

Much has been made of the fact that, since hiring Blair in 1998, the Times has run 50 corrections on his stories. Raines, in fact, has said that the young reporter was admonished in a performance report that he had committed an excessive number of mistakes. A number of publications, including this one, have conducted computer searches to see how Blair's error rate compared to that of his colleagues. The Weekly Standard, for example, compares Blair's record to that of senior Times correspondents R.W. Apple and Adam Clymer over the same period of time. Blair had an error rate of 6.9%, less than half Apple's rate of 14% (46 corrections on 327 stories) and almost a third lower than Clymer's rate of 9% (36 corrections on 400 stories). (Since January 2002, this columnist has had an error rate of about 10%, 12 mistakes in 116 stories and columns.)

109 posted on 05/10/2003 2:43:54 PM PDT by Drango (There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binaries, and those that don't.)
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To: Drango
From your article, it seems that about 10% of the stories are corrected, even when written by season reporters.

The big questions is: Which kind of corrections?

If the correction is simply an update on a spelling error caused by faulty police records, the correction is inconsequential.

On the other hand, if the correction involves made up quotes and other fabrications, then the correction is a sign of incompetence and dishonesty.

The NY Times has a lousy system if it cannot distinguish between Blair’s correction record and Clymer’s correction record.

113 posted on 05/10/2003 2:54:14 PM PDT by george wythe
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