The Press: Anatomy of an Error

Last Monday's Washington Post carried a front-page story reporting that Senator Barry Goldwater, recently critical of Richard Nixon, had just praised him as "probably the best President we have had in this century." Next morning, the Post had a far more surprising item on the front page: a two-column erratum box explaining that Goldwater had really been referring to Harry Truman. Before the blunder was corrected, however, the original story was distributed—and printed—across the country last week via the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post news service.

Astonishingly, the real Goldwater statement had been on network television for all to see. On NBC'S Meet...

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