Retracto, The Correction Alpaca

Retracto, The Correction Alpaca

Retraction Request: Roger Ebert

**Update 2/11, 11:54 PM PST: Ebert thus far refusing to retract.** As Big Hollywood readers know, Roger Ebert’s foray into the political realm via twitter had a major setback this week: articles from Pam Meister and John Nolte prompted him

Introducing: Retracto, the Correction Alpaca Theme Song

Some of you may follow my work on BigJournalism.com, but for those of you don’t, see here. “Retracto” [audio: http://bigjournalism.com/files/2010/02/retracto-a-mix-enhanced.mp3]Credits: Shelli Eaton- Lead vocals Michael Broderick – Lead guitar, background vocals Gary Eaton – Guitar, bass, drums, tambourine, background vocals

Retracto Round-Up: These Sites Ought to Correct the Record

Whenever one respectable media outlet publishes lies, misinformation, and distortions, an inevitable consequence is that other sites pick up the bogus story, repeat the false or unproven facts, and attribute them to the original source. The original source is the

Retraction Requests: Charles Johnson, Little Green Footballs

Just a couple of hours ago, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs issued an update to his post “James O’Keefe’s Race Problems” of February 3rd, which had spread the lie that James O’Keefe attended a “white nationalist convention” (Johnson diligently

Correction Report: The Village Voice

Yesterday the Village Voice published a piece “OPP: James O’Keefe, ACORN and Landrieu Stinger, Ran Racist Forum” which they erroneously claimed that James O’Keefe “organized a speaking forum for white supremacists.” This Village Voice released this update this afternoon: James

Correction Request: Max Blumenthal, Salon.com

In Max Blumenthal’s article “James O’Keefe’s race problem” for Salon.com of February 3, 2010, Mr. Blumenthal makes a number of unverifiable and provably false claims regarding James O’Keefe’s attendance at a 2006 conference called “Race and Conservatism.” Below are the

Retraction Request: MSNBC's David Shuster

[youtube Or-_ARBMDC4 nolink] In an interview with Andrew Breitbart last week on MSNBC, David Shuster asserted that Mr. Breitbart hired the private investigator who uncovered the dumped documents outside of a San Diego ACORN office (exchange begins approximately 4:30 into

Corrections Request: The Huffington Post

UPDATE: HuffPo corrected the post but did not post an update aknowleding a previous version of the story contained false information. Moments ago the Huffington Post published an article by Lila Shapiro that requires a correction: On Monday night, conservative

Correction Request: Greensboro News and Record

In a news brief published by the Greensboro News & Record on February 1, 2010, the segment “James Who” contains a reference to an attempt to “bug” Sen. Landrieu by James O’Keefe and three other conservative activists in New Orleans:

Correction Request: Richmond Times-Dispatch

UPDATE: The Richmond-Times Dispatch issued a correction to this story. We thank them for their diligence. In the column “Gotcha Games: Stung” of February 1, 2010, Staff Reporters refer to a wiretapping plot by James O’Keefe at the offices of

Corrections Request: Dallas Morning News

An Associated Press article dated Janary 27, 2010 on the incident involving James O’Keefe at Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s office was published by the Dallas Morning News with the following misleading headline: ACORN foe arrested by FBI in plot to

Correction Request: NY Daily News

In James Gordon Meek’s article “ACORN prankster, James O’Keefe, arrested for incident at Senator Mary Landrieu’s office” of January 26th, 2010, Mr Meek twice referred to an attempt to “bug” Sen. Landrieu by James O’Keefe and three other conservative activists

Correction Request: Alexandria Echo Press

UPDATE: The Alexandria Echo Press updated this post to correct the highlighted sentence. In Al Edenloff’s article, “Former aide to Ingebrigtsen charged in bugging of U.S. Senator” of January 29th, 2010, the author repeats a claim that Joseph Basel along

Correction Request: The Hill

In Jordan Fabian’s post, “ACORN: O’Keefe couldn’t have deserved it more” of January 26th, 2010, Fabian refers to a wiretapping attempt by James O’Keefe and three other conservative activists at the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu: ACORN took to Twitter

Correction Request: Daily Kos

In the blogger known as DarkSyde’s post “Third Rate Burglary?” of January 26th, 2010, the author refers to an alleged wiretapping plot by James O’Keefe and three other conservative activists at the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu: In case you

Correction Request: CBS News

Update 1/30: CBS News updated the link text highlighted below. We thank them for their diligence. *** Thanks to the sterling work of Patterico, CBS has corrected numerous errors in their coverage of James O’Keefe’s latest investigation. Before: here. After:

Correction Request: MSNBC

In the msnbc.com staff and news service report “Activist filmmaker arrested in senator’s office” published January 26th, 2010, it is noted on two occasions that James O’Keefe is being accused of a plot to wiretap Senator Mary Landrieu. First in

Correction Request: The Huffington Post

In the article posted on the Huffington Post written by legal scholar Jonathan Turley, “James O’Keefe Tweets Info On Wiretapping Case, Violates Gag Order” of January 28th, 2010, the headline makes an unverifiable claim that James O’Keefe is in violation

Correction Request: The Atlantic

In Megan McArdle’s piece “A Tape Too Far” of January 26th, 2010, Ms. McArdle repeatedly refers to an alleged wiretapping plot by James O’Keefe at the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu: James O’Keefe, the guy who did the ACORN sting,

Correction Request: Associated Press

Update 1/30: The Associated Press has removed the video highlighted below. While we thank the AP for taking the video down, we request they also scrub the headline “Suspects in Landrieu Break-in Appear in Court” from Associated Press pages and

Correction Request: Los Angeles Times

In your editorial “James O’Keefe’s Latest Caper” of January 26th, 2010, the incident involving James O’Keefe at Sen. Landrieu’s office earlier this week is referred to as a “bugging scandal,” which is likened to Watergate: Filmmaker James O’Keefe III is

Correction Request: Talking Points Memo

UPDATE: Talking Points Memo has issued an update acknowledging some comments made in the post highlighted at Big Journalism were in error. In Josh Marshall’s article “What were they thinking?” of January 27th, 2010, Mr. Marshall referrs to a wiretapping

Correction Request: Newsweek

In Katie Connolly’s article “Fake ACORN Pimp Arrested in Attempt to Bug Senate Office” of January 26th, 2010, Mrs. Connolly twice referred to an attempt to “bug” Sen. Landrieu by James O’Keefe and three other conservative activists in New Orleans.

Correction Request: New Orleans Times-Picayune

In David Hammer’s article “ACORN ‘gotcha’ man arrested in attempt to tamper with Mary Landrieu’s office phones” of January 26th, 2010, Mr. Hammer referred to an alleged wiretapping plot by James O’Keefe and three other conservative activists at the offices