No journalism outlet can be correct all the time. Writers will make mistakes, editors will miss them, and the endless deadline pressure means errors will slip through from time to time. That said, the nation’s supposed “newspaper of record” recently suffered a monumental embarrassment.
On December 13, The New York Times added the following correction to a story about a protest march:
An earlier version of this article misidentified, on second reference, the person who was shot in Ferguson, Mo. It was Michael Brown, not Darren Wilson. An earlier version of this article also referred incorrectly to the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He was killed by a civilian, not by a police officer. In addition, an earlier version of this correction misspelled Trayvon Martin’s given name as Travyon.
Other than that, presumably, the story was accurate.