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Error of the year? Cooks Source magazine!

Posted by Doug Most  December 8, 2010 09:46 AM

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A website called Regret the Error, which follows corrections, clarifications, apologies, and trends in the world of journalism, has some fun each year by picking its annual "Error of the Year."

And this year, drum roll, please, the, er, honor, goes to the Bay State's very own Cooks Source magazine. If you didn't follow the flap, it's all right here. It went like this. Author writes story for one publication. Second publication (Cooks) lifts that story, edits it, prints it, doesn't pay author. Author complains. Cooks editor mocks author. Author takes to Internet. Internet beats up Cooks editor until Sunderland-based magazine surrenders and goes out of business. The end.

The-Independent-front-pag-001.jpgAs bad as the Cooks Source disaster was, we think the runner-up in Regret the Error's contest is just as much a doozy. In November, The Independent in the U.K. printed a huge cover story, showing a man in uniform with these words over his face: "Wanted for the deaths of 430,000 Jews. Evaded justice for 67 years. Died a free man."

Riveting stuff, right? The story inside detailed the life of an alleged Nazi war criminal named Samuel Kunz. There was just one tiny problem. That photo on the cover, of the guy in uniform. Not Kunz, it turns out, but a Croatian actor named Ljubomir Jurkovic.

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