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Krugman's Correction Run Amok

A reader emails to point out something that slipped past me this morning:

As so often, the truth is not just different but the exact opposite of what Krugman wrote.

If you had looked up what the NYT's 'readers' representatives' had to say about Krugman you would have found him sinning in exactly the way he so unjustly, as you point out, tries to foist on Giuliani.

Indeed, Krugman's column this morning deriding those who can't readily admit mistakes is particularly ironic given his own history in this regard. I'm speaking of the August 19, 2005 column on the 2000 election where Krugman wrongly asserted that:

the simple truth: "Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election." Two different news media consortiums reviewed Florida's ballots; both found that a full manual recount would have given the election to Mr. Gore.

Instead of admitting his mistake and issuing a standard correction, Krugman opted to use his entire next column to try and "clarify" his comment - without ever acknowledging or apologizing for his error. The Times' public editor, Byron Calame, protested and pushed editorial page editor Gail Collins to force Krugman to print a correction. Krugman issued a correction in his next column, on August 26, but botched it by citing bad info from a Miami Herald study.

According to Collins, Krugman pleaded out of having to issue a another correction in print, and she agreed to let him publish it on the Times web site, which he did on September 2, though it was published separately and not at the bottom of his column. One month later Collins concluded this had been a mistake, writing that, "The correction should have run in the same newspaper where the original error and all its little offspring had appeared."