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Los Angeles Times acknowledges error in steroids story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    The Los Angeles Times acknowledged Friday making errors in a 2006 steroids story, http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-baseball21dec21,1,3531993.story?coll=la-headlines-sports. Here is the correction: http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/corrections/?track=leftnav-corrections

    The New York Times thought the mistake was such a big deal it made the second graf of its story: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/21/sports/baseball/21mitchell.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper&oref=login&oref=slogin

    How big of a deal is this for the Los Angeles Times and what impact will it have on it? Will this rise to the level of what was dubbed the "Staples Center fiasco" mentioned here: http://www.salon.com/media/log/1999/11/05/media/

    One indication that this could be major is that the correction included the rare use of this phrase, "The Times regrets the error."
  2. The LA Times regrets the error?
    This is the same paper that took beat writers to task for not being more proactive on exposing steroids.
    Maybe the LA Times should evaluate it's own reporting process.
  3. henryhenry

    henryhenry Member

    who wrote the original LA times story?
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Lance Pugmire and Tim Brown
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    This is nothing like the Staples story, and nothing close to the magnitude.

    It's embarrassing as hell, and I'm sure those guys are mortified and Pugmire had no joy writing today's 1A story, but at the end of the day, it's still simply a bad source giving bad information to good reporters.

    It's no fun, but it's nothing like a newspaper in collusion with a business it covers and not telling anybody in editorial about it.
  6. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    I wonder if JDV was Tim Brown's source.
  7. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    What the hell is the Staples story? Is there a link someone can provide?
  8. Dedo

    Dedo Member

    Major scandal from about seven or eight years ago. There was a link in the first post of the thread. And SF is right -- this steroids correction is absolutely nothing like it.
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