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From today’s New York Times:


Correction:  March 26, 2015
An earlier version of the second correction above said that the error in the first correction
was made “during the reporting process, not by the editors”.  It should have read that the
error in the first correction was made “during the editing process, not by the reporters.”  The
correction has been made in both the first correction and the second correction.

Correction:  March 26, 2015
Somebody is dicking me around because now I’m told the the error in the first correction
was actually made by the reporters, and not the editors in the editing process.  This means
that the original second correction was correct, and the corrected second correction is now
in error.  It also means that we didn’t need the third correction at all.  But I’m not going to
change anything until we get to the bottom of this.

Correction:  March 26, 2015
Okay, what we apparently have here is your classic “he said, she said” situation, with the
editors here in New York arguing with the reporters that are stationed in Marseille.  The
senior editor here in New York just chewed my ass out saying that I made the paper very
“unprofessional” with all these corrections, and really — if I had just changed the Tuesday to
Thursday in the original article, nobody would have known.  But that’s not true — I would have
known.  Now he just shouted at me from across the room: “We’re not the story!”

Correction:  March 26, 2015
Okay, I’ve been fired.  Just like that.  Can you believe it?