Accuracy in Media

The New York Times was embarrassed when it had claimed a climate change report draft was an exclusive to the newspaper, but scientists who wrote it said it was available since January 2017.

What did the Times’ correction say?

An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report. While it was not widely publicized, the report was posted by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times.

It appears that to save face, the Times added the phrase “while it was not widely publicized” to the correction.

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