We are human and we make mistakes. Journalists aren’t a special subset of humans that are all knowing and don’t make errors. They too are known for making mistakes.
David Broder, Washington Post columnists, was an inspiration for this particular blog. I read an online article from the Maryland Reporter and they talked about how every year he wrote a corrective column listing his errors from the year prior.
Historically, printing retractions must have been more difficult and changing stories once getting more updated information must have been challenging. But when articles are published in today’s society they are mostly published online. Yes, those publications can be saved, forever, but, it is easier to correct them with updated information. With places like Twitter and digital subscriptions you can delete part of the article, edit, and post with corrections. I think this is something we should keep emulating so we promote he honest journalist. It’s not always about getting the information out there the fastest, but it’s about getting the most accurate information out to the public as soon as possible.