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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A Tale of Two Retractions
Topic: WorldNetDaily

For most of Aug. 17, the above-the-nameplate story on WorldNetDaily's website was a piece by Bob Unruh on CNN's Jeffrey Toobin retracting a suggestion that Terry Lakin, the Army officer throwing away his career to promote birther fantasies, was racist.

Needless to say, WND does not treat its own retractions that way.

As we've detailed, WND makes its retractions as quietly as possible. One false story was simply deleted from WND's website without explanation; another was replaced with a completely different story with a note at the top that downplays the extent of the changes made.

And rather than the public shame WND tries to impose on Toobin and CNN, WND treats its falsehood promoters with great respect -- just a week after executive news editor Joe Kovacs wrote the story that had to be completely replaced, WND did a puff piece on his WND-published book.

WND has no publicly disclosed policy for dealing with corrections -- which is strange considering all the falsehoods that make it into print.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:42 AM EDT

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