Politics

Dec 19, 2012

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: no ‘herniated dick’, but Oz makes the best corrections list

Admirers of those occasional Department of Corrections pieces in Crikey during the year will be pleased to know that The Australian has made an international collection of the best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

The Oz makes the list. I am sure that admirers of those occasional Department of Corrections pieces in Crikey during the year will be pleased to know that The Australian has made an international collection of the best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012. The media training institution Poynter ranked this correction among its favourites:

The Australian:

Due to a production error, a quote attributed to Lieutenant Colonel Ghulam Jehlani Shafiq in a report in The Weekend Australian on Saturday ("Afghanistan battles scourge of corruption", page 16) was altered to change its meaning. Colonel Jehlani did not say: "It's not like 25 years ago. I was killing everybody." In fact, he said: "It’s not like 25 years ago I was killing everybody. At that time too we tried not to have civilian casualties." The Australian apologises for the error.

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