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November 26, 2007

A short history of Atlantic Yards "rowback" in the New York Times

Atlantic Yards Report

AYR gets back to its roots — pointing out flaws in coverage by The New York Times — with this item about The Times' surreptitious acknowledgment on Saturday that the New Jersey Nets won't be tipping off in Brooklyn in 2009:

On Saturday, when the New York Times reported that the Atlantic Yards arena "is scheduled to open after 2009," (emphases added), the Times didn't say it was correcting a previous report that the arena would open in 2009.

That was a variant of "rowback," which former Times Public Editor Daniel Okrent described in his 3/14/04 column as "a way that a newspaper can cover its butt without admitting it was ever exposed." In other words, a correction without formally acknowledging a correction--even though the Times publishes the most minute factual corrections daily.

The Times has done this periodically, publishing updated correct information but without (in most cases) publishing corrections.

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Posted by lumi at November 26, 2007 10:39 AM