How to issue a correction

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.


Soft skills

Here’s, reporting on Microsoft’s announcement of the new Windows 10 operating system:
If this quote is accurate, it’s time for Microsoft to fire the PR guy with the drinking problem.


Thanks to tipster Tim Barton.

A titanic blunder

A clear winner has emerged in yesterday’s European Parliament election:

In its coverage of the UK electoral results, Catalonia’s finest news source has somehow reimagined David Cameron’s first name as J-A-M-E-S.

James Cameron

[stunned silence, followed by the sound of jaws dropping]

According to, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is… very famous filmmaker (and Canadian citizen) James Cameron.

Who needs fact-checking when you can scrape by on vaguely remembered factoid fragments?

Thanks, Tim.