National Post: Mea Culpa

Ourmistake2_1 The National Post printed a lengthy retraction today, acknowledging that a recent front-page story about Iranian plans to force Jews and other minorities to wear special clothing "is not true."

Entitled "Our Mistake," the note to readers from editor-in-chief Douglas Kelly explained at length how the false report ended up on the Post’s front page. While pundits have questioned the Post’s motives in this episode, at a technical level Kelly acknowledged that:

"On this story, we did not exercise sufficient caution and skepticism, and we did not check with enough sources. We should have pushed the sources we did have for more corroboration of the information they were giving us. That is not to say that we ignored basic journalistic practices or that we rushed this story into print with no thought as to the consequences. But given the seriousness of the allegations, more was required."

Kelly concluded:

"We apologize for the mistake and for the consternation it has caused not just National Post readers, but the broader public who read the story. We take this incident very seriously, and we are examining our procedures to try to ensure such an error does not happen again."

Let’s hope.

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