Nobody likes to make mistakes, but when we make one on television, we have to make it right.
There are “clarifications,” as in, “We’d like to clarify the story we did earlier, in which we misidentified a shih tzu as a chihuahua.”
And there are corrections, as in, “We inadvertently put a wrong lottery number on the screen. The correct numbers are…”
And there are bigger corrections, as in any correction that ends with, “…we truly regret the error.” (Worse than washing down a piece of liver with a bottle of castor oil, but it must be done.)
Which brings me to a correction in the Hartford Courant on Tuesday morning that cracked me up. The paper’s calendar section reviewed a restaurant in Newington last week. The paper had to point out that the restaurant it just reviewed closed last week.
All I could envision was potential customers who went to give the place a try and found the doors locked.
“Jeez, the review wasn’t that bad, was it?”