The Press: Writer of Wrongs

The columnist was tattling on his trade. "Standard practice," he wrote, "is to correct a wrong like 'Joe Blow is a crook' by printing, as many days later as is safe, something that goes 'Don't believe those things you hear about Joe Blow. . . .' "

Columnist Herb Caen knew the usual trade practice: brag about your right guesses, if any, and maybe nobody will notice the others. One day last week he devoted his entire daily space in the San Francisco Chronicle to a recital of his April errors. Sample error: that fine...

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