Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Setting the Record Straight

Fifth grade students spotted a fact error in The Washington Post and pointed it out. You should follow their example when a reporter makes a serious mistake in a story about you.

Fifth grade students spotted a fact error in The Washington Post and pointed it out. You should follow their example when a reporter makes a serious mistake in a story about you.

When the news media makes a significant fact error in a story, it is perfectly all right — and, in fact, a good idea — to ask for a correction.

The same advice doesn’t apply when you simply dislike “the other side of the story” contained in the coverage.

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