March 30, 2005

'S.F. Chron' Runs Lengthy Correction After Catholic Church Disputes Article

Editor & Publisher

By Graham Webster

Published: March 30, 2005 6:00 PM ET

NEW YORK The San Francisco Chronicle ran an unusually long correction this week amending a two-week-old story about a preliminary ruling in two cases of alleged sexual abuse by clergymen.

The blog Regret The Error called attention to the five-paragraph correction.

"The story was essentially a story about the judge's ruling that punitive damages could be sought in the case," Steve Proctor, deputy managing editor at the Chronicle, told E&P. "Fundamentally the story itself was not wrong." But both the headline and the story's text, however, could be misleading, he said.

The correction came after a lawyer for the Catholic Church sent a letter to the Chronicle's publisher with copies of the March 11 story and the court transcript, noting inconsistencies.

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2005 06:03 PM