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Daily Mail’s Clarifications & Corrections Column Does Nothing To Erase Mail Online Errors

by | 17th, October 2011

HATS off to the Daily Mail for its new Clarifications & Corrections column at the foot of Page 2. It is all to do with upholding and raising standards in journalism.

The Mail’s editor-in-chief Paul Dacre tells the  Leveson inquiry into press standards, “ the depressing fact that the newspaper industry is in a sick financial state “.

He laments the state of investigative journalism:

Courts aren’t covered, councils aren’t held to account.” It is a “democratic deficit which itself warrants an inquiry”.

Now at least the Mail can be held to account. Its C&C columns begins with a  spot of self-praise:

“The average issue of the Daily Mail contains around 80,000 words – the equivalent of a paperback book [spot the difference]–most of which are written on the day under tremendous pressure of deadlines. Huge efforts are made to ensure our journalism meets the highest possible standards of accuracy but it is inevitable that mistakes do occur. This new column provides an opportunity to correct those errors quickly and prominently.”

All to be commended. People’s lives and reputations are at stake. On the day the Mail opened its new column, Mail writer Emily Allen told readers how the media can cause pain and even death:

Husband ‘kills himself’ just hours after BBC claimed wife’s shop sold wedding dresses that fall to pieces

We do not know why Mr James Edwards killed himself, but his wife’s wedding dress shop featured on a BBC consumer programme, and if  the Mail can link his death to the BBC it despises then so much the better.

One problem is that the Mail is big online. While only a news anorak or someone with a keen

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