Much has happened since 324 posted this piece about the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Notably, we have learned that Cecil’s killer was not, as initially rumored, some unidentified Spaniard, but rather a dentist from Minnesota. On that front, anyway, the facts have been clarified. But, three days later, 324‘s piece persists in identifying their source at Hwange National Park by the following jumble of letters:
As any thinking person could surmise, the source’s name is actually Johnny Rodrigues. Why hasn’t this been corrected, 324? You can’t be bothered? It’s not important? You don’t want to clutter up this otherwise pristine piece of reportage by appending a correction? Whatever the reason, you’re dead wrong. Issuing a correction is classy and—in case you’re worried—easy as hell to do. Here’s how it’s done at a publication that takes the content of its stories seriously:
It can be done!
Hat tip to outraged wildlife lover Tim Barton.
UPDATE: As if to prove my own point, I find myself obliged to issue the following…
Correction: August 6, 2015
An earlier version of this post referred to Cecil the lion as “the Cecil the lion.” We regret the error, but it won’t kill us to ‘fess up and fix it.