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“We regret the omission”

This is very old news, but I only found out yesterday: in 2004 the Lexington Herald Leader printed a formal correction notice:

“It has come to the editor’s attention that the Herald-Leader neglected to cover the civil rights movement. We regret the omission.”

My first reaction was to blow coffee all over the papers (all 17 tedious pages of the Apple / Psystar lawsuit, as it happens) on my desk – after all there are surely times when, as elegant and traditional as this much-used format may be, something a little more detailed and, well, more apologetic may be required. Reading on, though, it appears that the H-L did a commendable job of its apology – this correction notice was run front and centre on page one, right under a matching headline, and above a full page of coverage that included previously unpublished photos of civil rights protests in the city.

Full info on the WP site here, and on the brilliant regrettheerror.com. Coincidentally, I visited Lexington last year – photos here.

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