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February 16, 2008

The Times resists correcting the arena setbacks error

Atlantic Yards Report

When, last November 24, the New York Times published the scoop (first online November 21) that the Atlantic Yards arena would be only 20 feet from the street, it essentially corrected a previous article in which it had estimated--and seemed to declare more definitively--that the arena would be at least 75 feet from the street.

No official correction was published, however. Given the Times's policy, a correction should be in order, I thought. I requested one of the Times on January 2 and soon got a response saying no, given that the Times used "the best available data."

However, as my response below indicates, the Times misinterpreted available plans, thus failing to use "best available data."

My response was ignored. It's another example of "Atlantic Yards corrections fatigue," which I defined as "the disturbing realization that we too often make errors in covering Atlantic Yards."

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Posted by amy at February 16, 2008 11:47 AM