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Closing out the year: Poynter’s annual list of best/worst media corrections

At the end of each year, The Poynter Institute has taken to compiling a list of the year’s most memorable media corrections.

Some arise due to the ever-awkward challenges of math.

An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 651, not a trillion trillion. [New York Times Magazine]

Some are awkward snapshots of the changing technological landscape.

Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, one of Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786. [New York Times]

And some are simply due to the, ahem, rather challenging times we find ourselves in.

Correction: A previous version of the story indicated that Liz Mair would prefer a “dry dog turd” for president over either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. She would only prefer the turd to Trump. [The Daily Beast]

You can visit Poynter for this year’s full list. This will likely be the last year the list is compiled, as under Trump all journalism is expected to be reduced to low grunting noises and increasingly indecipherable hand gestures.

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