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Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech

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We regret the error: it’s a phrase that appears in newspapers almost daily, the standard notice that something went terribly wrong in the reporting, editing, or printing of an article. From Craig Silverman, the proprietor of, one of the Internet’s most popular media-related websites, comes a collection of funny, shocking, and sometimes disturbing jou...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Union Square Press (first published October 23rd 2007)
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Mr. Silverman is serious about mistakes. His website,, has been cataloging errors in the news media since 2004. His book, also titled Regret the Error, traces the history of flubs and corrections in the news from the earliest written accounts to modern times, highlights the challenges and pitfalls of accurate news reporting, and suggests adjustments to the industry's approach and processes that would reduce the number of errors that are published and raise the public's lev...more
"To err is human; to forgive, divine."

Mass media, comprised and operated by people, will always be prone to mistakes. The issue here is how media practitioners mitigate the occurrence of these errors before it hits the press, and how they acknowledge it when it gets printed/published.

Like what Craig Silverman says in the book, "In a time of unprecedented news options for consumers, they will inevitably flock toward the sources they feel are the most trustworthy, the most accurate."

Credibility ma...more
Journalist Craig Silverman has kept his fan base of eagle-eyed readers and media critics chuckling for years with his blog "Regret the Error," an ode to the media correction. He does the same with his first book based on his hugely successful blog.

However, Silverman digs deeper in "Regret the Error: How media mistakes pollute the press and imperil free speech." He outlines some of the most common media errors, such as names, typos and numbers, but he also suggests how these mistakes are increasi...more
While this is a fascinating and funny tour through the media's error-laden history, it's also far too self-satisfied and preachy for my taste. By page 30 I was already rolling my eyes at the "For shame, New York Times!" rhetoric...

Still, though, the compilation of research that went into this - and, indeed, Silverman's entire error database - is admirable , and the points he raises about the declining importance of accuracy in the MSM are important.
This book talks about mistakes that occur in the media, and their impact on the way people regard the press. Sometimes I was horrified, sometimes I was laughing out loud at the absurdity of the corrections. It's a very thorough book, and I learned a lot about the history of journalism and journalistic error as well.

Food for thought. I think this should be read by every journalist and every journalism student.
this book, if it isn't already, should be taught in every journalism class from the high school level all the way through college. If you are interested in journalism, the news, magazines, etc. it's a must read.
Gerry Connolly
Craig Silverman has a cogent critique of media missteps in Regret the Error. Plagiarism, obituary misidentifications and factual gaffes plague the media and hurt credibility.
Feb 18, 2008 Joy marked it as to-read
Come on, the title alone should clue everyone in to why I want to read it....darn media.
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