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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Another Media Apology—150 Years Later

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, PA retracts and apologizes for its 1863 article calling Lincoln's brief remarks at Gettysburg "silly."   In fact, as I've written elsewhere, many if not most newspapers barely mentioned the president's remarks, though perhaps few actually mocked them. Love the opener:
Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.
And later: "The world will little note nor long remember our emendation of this institution’s record – but we must do as conscience demands."

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