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Washington Post Retractions

Washington Post Retractions

Tony Romm, Michael Scherer and Amy B Wang

An earlier version of this story inaccurately described the findings of an investigation by the California attorney general into a 2009 video produced by activist James O’Keefe. The investigators did not conclude that the video was false, but that it had been “heavily edited” and did not reflect “a fuller truth.” The earlier version also omitted O’Keefe’s acknowledgement of an aspect of the finding, which has now been included in the story.

Paul Waldman

A previous version of this story inaccurately described a 2010 incident involving O’Keefe and a Democratic senator’s office. It has been changed to accurately reflect the plea agreement O’Keefe reached with prosecutors.

Paul Farhi

Farhi at first refused to retract his error, even jousting with James on Twitter saying it would never happen. But he eventually give in to pressure from the outside, conceded and The Washington Post placed a large editor’s note on the top of the article. It now hangs in the largest gold frame that we could find.

Carol D. Leonnig and Garance Franke-Ruta

An earlier version of this blog item incorrectly reported that O'Keefe and his partners were charged with entering the building under false pretenses as part of a plot to bug Landrieu's phone. They were charged with entering the building under false pretenses to commit a felony, but as part of a plot to tamper with Landrieu's phone. The charges were grossly exaggerated and later reduced; O'Keefe pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

Darryl Fears and Carol D. Leonnig

This article about the community organizing group ACORN incorrectly said that a conservative journalist targeted the organization for hidden-camera videos partly because its voter-registration drives bring Latinos and African Americans to the polls. Although ACORN registers people mostly from those groups, the maker of the videos, James E. O'Keefe, did not specifically mention them.

Philip Bump

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump joins his colleagues on the Project Veritas Wall of Shame after having printed a correction folloowing our Facebook investigation. A corrected version of his "analysis" now reflects "This article has been updated to correct Facebook's description of its former employee."

Dave Weigel

Washington Post's own Dave Weigel wanted back to back retractions on the Project Veritas Wall of Shame. Mere days after his retraction from Slate, he tweeted out that the subjects featured in our #Expose2020 were "Sanders volunteers". They were fact, are not "Sanders volunteers". Weigel quickly deleted his tweet but his embarrassment shall live forever.

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