When the Correction Isn’t Enough

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You might’ve caught the Post’s correction last week that dealt with Public Enemy’s 911 is a Joke in Your Town. The resulting edits to Akeya Dickson’s piece has lead to no small amount of derision from the internet.

As it turns out, it’s not her fault. It was the fault of a copy editor, Maria Henriques, who made the change not knowing the song. Chanda Washington, Akeya’s editor, allowed the change without reviewing it with Akeya, and encouraged the correction be made without without revealing the source of the error.

Two “own goals” as Rob Pegoraro put it on his Twitter this morning. I couldn’t agree more. Very sorry, Ms. Dickson, you deserved better from your publication, and I’m glad the Ombudsman recognized that much.

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