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How to do a retraction

by on March 28, 2012

If you haven’t yet listened to this NPR/This American Life story about how one of their stories was (partially) made up, you should. This is shaping up to be one of the most notable journalistic scandals involving making up facts ever, not so much because of the egregiousness of the offense, but because of the thoroughness of the ensuing retraction. Attention editors: If one of your writers screws up, this is how you deal with it!

You can find a transcript of the Retraction show here. And here’s the original show (the one that was partially made up).

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  1. faye34 permalink

    Glad to have heard it. I like the idea of not lying in my job/life. It’s a great idea to tell the truth. Bravo to Ira taking the initiative.

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