Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hey, I SAID I was sorry!

The Ottawa Citizen seems to need a full-time apology editor. Last week, they had to apologize for their apology to Mark Steyn. Today, the front page of the City section contains this apology:
A photograph on page D1 of yesterday's Citizen is not of Peter John Graham, who was convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. The photograph is of Peter Reid Graham, who has never been charged with, or convicted of, any sexual assault. The Citizen apologizes unreservedly to Peter Reid Graham and his family for any distress caused by the erroneous publication of his photograph.
But the online edition doesn't show you what the print edition has: under an apology for printing Mr. Graham's photograph, they thoughtfully print his photograph! So the Citizen has now TWICE published the photo of the man who DIDN'T do the crime, and we have not yet seen ONE photo of the man who DID. I guess the innocent Mr. Graham can have have the apology laminated, and carry it on a string around his neck to show to people who do a doubletake when encountering him. Apart from that, well, maybe he never really wanted to live in Ottawa after all, and could just move.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief. They must be in close alliance with the leadership of TEC.

4:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this!
Now journalism students study this exact case to learn WHAT NOT TO DO as a journalist or editor.
So thanks for the unintentional help with my assignment :)

9:19 pm  

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