As Twitchy noted yesterday, the New York Times on a recent Friday printed a front-page story on two federal inspectors general requesting a criminal investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Clinton’s camp shot back that it was not a criminal investigation but a more general investigation to determine if classified information had been mishandled in association with her private email account.
That inspired public editor Margaret Sullivan to publish a piece on the Times’ Opinion page on Monday titled, “A Clinton Story Fraught With Inaccuracies: How It Happened and What Next?”
Corrections were made, but only “much later.” [Emphasis is Twitchy’s]
Much later, The Times backed off the startling characterization of a “criminal inquiry,” instead calling it something far tamer sounding: it was a “security” referral.
From Thursday night to Sunday morning – when a final correction appeared in print – the inaccuracies and changes in the story were handled as they came along, with little explanation to readers, other than routine corrections. The first change I mentioned above was written into the story for hours without a correction or any notice of the change, which was substantive.
I’ll summarize my prescription in four words: Less speed. More transparency.
Well, the paper has certainly taken the “less speed” prescription seriously, at least when it comes to correcting Planned Parenthood.
That’s right: It took until today, August 5, for the Times to append a major correction to a story posted July 20.
Correction: August 5, 2015
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the timing of the release of what they said was a full-length, unedited video of a Planned Parenthood employee talking about how much clinics charge for specimens. While the full-length video of more than two hours took longer to download than the nearly nine-minute edited footage, the full video was in fact posted at the same time as the edited version. It is not the case that the full video was released “after Planned Parenthood complained of selective, misleading editing.”
NEW YORK TIMES SHOCK REPORT: TWO-HOUR, 45-MINUTE VIDEO TAKES LONGER TO DOWNLOAD THAN NINE-MINUTE VIDEO.