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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Reader shot down as Chron bows to my will

LST reader Max Kelly left the following comment earlier today in response to a post about factual errors in the Chronicle:
Title: Overzealous Chron bashing Sure, the Chronicle needs to be fact-checked, but this is ridiculous. First, you’ll notice in the third paragraph, it says "shotgun pellet" – an accurate description. So I imagine "bullet" was used just for simplicity. Second, you criticize the Chron for reporting the boy had been killed, but you ignore the fact that it says "Due to erroneous police reports". I’m sure as the story is breaking, the only information the staff has is from the police reports, and THAT was where the mistake was. Also… THEY CORRECTED IT. If they would’ve corrected the story without the disclaimer, you’d have nothing to complain about. Try and stick with the important stuff and don’t get "nitpicky". It only serves to devalue your other arguments.
Well, Max, I disagree, and so does the Chronicle. You see, the reporter -- Ruth Rendon -- corrected the errors I pointed out. Good for her! Here are the second and third versions of the story:
A 5-year-old Pasadena boy was injured while sleeping in his bedroom today when a bullet fired by a neighbor to break up a wasp’s nest strayed and struck the boy.
A Pasadena man is in jail today after trying to blast away a wasp nest with a shotgun in the middle of the night but instead hitting a 5-year-old neighbor boy asleep in his bed.
Cool, they fixed the bullet goof!
Romeo loaded a 12-gauge shotgun and fired at the wasp’s nest. The shotgun pellet Gonzalez fired entered a first-floor bedroom where David Marban was sleeping, striking him in the thigh, Baird said.

Romeo loaded a 12-gauge shotgun and fired at the nest, but stray pellets entered a first-floor bedroom where David Marban was sleeping, striking him in the thigh, Baird said.

Sweet, they fixed the pellet goof! But the plot thickens on the story's most egregious error. As you may recall, the first version of the story reported that the boy was dead, and blamed cops for the mistake:
Due to erroneous police reports, an earlier online version of this story mistakenly reported the boy had been killed.
But now that blame is gone:
An earlier online version of this story mistakenly reported the boy had been killed.
It's fun to be vindicated. Again.

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