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The down-low on the CX
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Author:  J Kaufman [ Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:05 am ]
Post subject:  The down-low on the CX

Thanks for letting us know about this, but we only correct errors in our pages up to one year after they appear in print. This is because we run a print correction for every error that appears in our pages, with the purpose of informing readers who still remember the article in question that something erroneous was included. For older articles, no readers would remember (and on a more realistic note, we don’t have the resources or often the ability to look up something that happened 20, 50 or 100 years ago).

Best wishes,

Zach Johnk
Assistant to the Senior Editor, Standards
The New York Times

Less than a year, error. More than a year, history plus dementia, and how is the Times supposed to look it up, anyway? [Hat tip: Jim Romenesko.] I went to the Times site and typed "John Lynch Barton Fink" into the Search bar. Found this in the first result:

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Someone should tell the aptly named Zach Johnk. Heirs of Walter Duranty and Robert Peary can now breathe a sigh of relief.

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