News organizations often find ways to avoid full-on retractions. They post an “editor’s note” or they write a new story, or an “update” of some sort.
Credit Newsweek with bypassing half-measures:
RETRACTED: PADDOCK’S GIRLFRIEND USED TWO SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AND WAS MARRIED TO TWO MEN AT THE SAME TIME
That’s how the magazine is treating a story on Marilou Danley, the live-in girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, who on Sunday night opened fire on a music festival from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Newsweek retraction is curt:
Newsweek has retracted its story that reviewed the public records of Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.
The initial report was based on many public records, but included an error that came to light after publication when a family member came forward.
Danley remains a “person of interest” in the shooting investigation of 59 people, including the gunman, Sunday night in Las Vegas.
A quick search reveals that the Newsweek report didn’t penetrate mainstream coverage.
More to come.