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Embarrassing: New York Times Corrects Story about Climate Change Report

The New York Times was embarrassed when it had claimed [1] 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 [2] say?

An article [3] 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.