Corrections

Corrections to our critique of Aaron Huertas and the Poynter Institute

After we posted our critique of Aaron Huertas’ evidence backing his claim about a Florida government gag order on discussion of climate change, Huertas contacted us to let us know he annotated the article on the Genius website. Though Huertas’ response failed in answering the meat of our criticism, he found two mistakes that we hasten to correct. Moreover, reviewing…
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Wrong equal pay equation

We gave too little thought to the math of “Equal Pay Day” in our criticism of the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, concluding in the third-to last paragraph that “Equal Pay Day” in 2014 implied a 27-cent gender pay gap. Performed correctly, the equation shows a gap of about 21 cents. To correct the item we deleted two grafs. We preserve…
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Correction to our report of a contraceptive study

An anonymous visitor used our “Report an Error” feature on Dec. 14, 2014: Please describe the error: You cite a study that finds: “researchers from Washington University in fact observed a statistically significant decrease in the number of sexual partners participants reported” Then you conclude that: “The study from the Contraceptive Choice Project gives some weak evidence that free contraception…
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The old omitted word trick

In a July 19, 2014 fact check of an Associated Press fact check, we omitted a word in our summary section leading to the need for a correction. The sentence originally stated that the “Question from Don” ad from the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign for one of Kentucky’s two senate seats was Grimes’ first television ad.¬† We had reviewed reporting…
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Misidentifying Nancy Metcalf’s error

On July 14, 2013, we published a fact check of a claim from Consumer Reports’ website about the supposed savings for medical insurance consumers as a result of the health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act. The fact check omitted a significant aspect of the story and reached some false conclusions about writer Nancy Metcalf’s story, including¬† “Metcalf misrepresents…
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Correction: The Bureau of Labor Statistics still tracks CPI-E

Contrary to what we stated in our post reviewing AARP’s description of chained CPI, the Bureau of Labor statistics continues to track an experimental version of the consumer price index intended to help account for differences in spending patterns among older Americans. The correction has no impact on the evaluation of the AARP presentation, nor does it affect our statement…
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Correction: House Republicans and the Sequestration Blame Game

We used the wrong roll call vote to provide background information on our fact check of the House Republican Conference claim that President Obama was responsible for the sequestration idea. As a temporary measure, on Feb. 13 we added strikethroughs to the inaccurate passages in the posted version of the fact check.¬† We retain the strikethroughs here in preserving the…
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