By Liel Leibovitz for Tablet Magazine
For one whole week, I’ve been staring at The Correction.
I’m a fairly seasoned reader of the New York Times, and a frequent critic of the paper, but the more I gazed at The Correction, the more it gazed back at me, defiant. What the hell?
You might have seen it yourself. It was affixed on January 30 to a story that ran the previous day about Bibi Netanyahu’s fraught relations with the Democratic Party. Here it is, in its entirety: “An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.”
The Correction, as corrections do, ran in the very bottom of the story, but you don’t have to be an ink-stained veteran to know it belongs right in the lede. The story is a whodunit, and The Correction shows clearly that the Times got the wrong man.