Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Behind today's New York Times correction on the location of a new Brooklyn railyard

Today's correction:
An article on Sept. 7 about an agreement by the developer Bruce C. Ratner to double his offer for development rights to the Atlantic railyards in Brooklyn misstated the location of a new yard he plans to build. It is east of the existing site, not west. A reader pointed out the error in a recent e-mail message. (Go to Article)
The print version of the correction also mentions that the error was repeated in a Sept. 15 article.

That reader was me, and I sent them an email about a week ago. Now, I don't mind that the Times doesn't read my blog, where I pointed out these errors a month ago. But apparently no one on the Times, either before or after those articles were published, noticed that the articles were suggesting that, by moving west, the railyard would be placed in the middle of the busiest intersection in Brooklyn, at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Lots of Times employees live in Brooklyn.

Still, the Times is indeed following its policy:
The Times treats its readers as fairly and openly as possible. In print and online, we tell our readers the complete, unvarnished truth as best we can learn it. It is our policy to correct our errors, large and small, as soon as we become aware of them.

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