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Daily Caller issues sweater-vest correction

Middle-aged man in sweater vest. (Reuters) (RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

Yesterday, the Caller published this story on the paucity of sweater vests among attendees at Rick Santorum’s New Hampshire primary party; the garment is a staple of the former senator’s campaign-trail appearances.

Reporter Alexis Levinson surveyed the event and came up with a number of sweater-vest-related observations, including this one:

Only one sweater vest was not a solid color: an argyle specimen sported by a middle-aged supporter.

The site later appended an asterisk to “middle-aged,” complete with a corresponding footnote to the piece, saying: “*The wearer of the argyle sweater is far more youthful — both in appearance and actual age — than the original language of the article implied.”

Merriam-Webster puts middle age at between roughly 45 and 64 years of age, though there are many other definitions out there. Whatever the range, any seasoned journo can imagine how those italics came about: Hey, I was the guy in that argyle sweater vest, and I’m 29 years old, or something along those lines.

Caller editorial boss Tucker Carlson pretty much confirms the scenario: “Apparently one of the sweater-vest-wearing bystanders at the Santorum rally e-mailed to complain that he’s really not so old, so in the interest of accuracy we corrected it.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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