Thursday, December 16, 2010

Guttenplan to try harder

Thanks to the reader who provided this tip.


D.D. Guttenplan once assured us that real journalists, in contrast to bloggers, try

very hard to verify our information before going into print.

So although we enjoyed his short article Dearth of Blacks at Oxford and Cambridge, you can imagine our bewilderment at his concluding paragraph:

Correction: December 13, 2010

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misattributed a quotation by David Lammy. His quotation ‘‘We’re talking about universities which receive £560 million of British taxpayers’ money’’ was made in an interview with The International Herald Tribune; it was not part of an essay published in The Guardian. In addition, the earlier version incorrectly reported a comment by Mr. Lammy about Oxford and Cambridge universities. In the essay in The Guardian, he said that just one black Caribbean student had been accepted at Oxford in 2009, not one black student. The article also said that neither university had provided numbers to counter Mr. Lammy’s comments. Oxford has posted on its Web site a report noting that a total of 27 British black students of African, Caribbean and ‘‘other’’ descent had been admitted that year.


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