It seems that enough of you complained to the National Post, which forced them to correct their horrifically distorted reporting about a small pro-choice gathering yesterday. If you click on the link now, you’ll notice that the word “huge” is missing from the characterization of the crowd:
On Wednesday, the pending debate drew a [snip] crowd of pro-choice supporters to Parliament Hill where a handful of anti-abortionists regularly picket. (Source)
I saved the original for posterity, so that everyone can see how they initially botched the story:
On Wednesday, the pending debate drew a huge crowd of pro-choice supporters to Parliament Hill where a handful of anti-abortionists regularly picket. (Source)
Well done, team. This is certainly a victory. A small victory, but a victory nonetheless. I say “small” because I suspect that most hits on any given news article probably occur with the first 24 hours of its publication. So whoever was going to read that article already read it with the “huge” included. The National Post has covered its tracks by correcting the story, thus avoiding further criticism, but the damage is largely done.
We’ve seen this pattern before in many media outlets: they publish a biased story, make a big splash, then correct it 24 hours later so that the “official record” is accurate.
Nevertheless, chalk this one up as a victory for the Hobbits. Media moguls, we’re watching you.