A Slight Error

November 19, 2003 21:42 by

The Cleveland Plain Dealer issued this today, which Taranto calls “The Best Correction Ever”:

Because of an editing error, a story on the front page yesterday misattributed a quote from the speaker on an audiotape purportedly of Saddam Hussein as coming from Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota. It was the speaker on the tape, not Daschle, who said, “The evil ones now find themselves in crisis, and this is God’s will for them.” The only solution for Iraq was for “the zealous Iraqi sons, who ran its affairs and brought it out of backwardness . . . to return . . . to run its affairs anew,” the speaker on the tape said, referring to the Baath leadership.

Once you stop laughing, you realize this demonstrates how precarious news reporting can be.

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