Tuesday, June 20, 2017

“Corrections & Clarifications” and now “mischaracterized” news in The Palm Beach Post.


“Because of a reporting error, a story in Saturday’s [June 10th] edition on the federal indictments of four current or former Boynton Beach police officers mischaracterized one of the allegations in the indictment. The document alleged Sgt. Philip Antico, after viewing video of a confrontation, allowed officers to add statements to their reports. The error appeared on page A6 of the Main section.”
Use this link to read the original article in the Post titled, “Boynton Beach cops beat man, then lied about it, indictment says”, datelined June 9th and published in the print edition on Saturday, June 10th.

Some newspapers have what’s called a “public editor”, or an ombudsman:

The job of the public editor is to supervise the implementation of proper journalism ethics at a newspaper, and to identify and examine critical errors or omissions, and to act as a liaison to the public. They do this primarily through a regular feature on a newspaper’s editorial page.

To learn more what the public editor does, and a particularly egregious article with errors that appeared in the Post last January about an incident here in the City of Lake Worth, use this link.

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