It’s never too late for a correction

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The Albuquerque Journal reports that The Associated Press has corrected a cutline to a photo that it moved in 1942.

The original cutline incorrectly said the photo was of the Bataan Death March, but after local survivors of the infamous March questioned the accuracy of a caption The AP investigated it for six months and it will change the caption.

One of the survivors, John E. Love of Albuquerque, said the photo is of a burial detail at Camp O’Donnell, the makeshift POW camp where the march ended.

Running a correction is always embarrassing because it usually means someone screwed up, either by not doing the research or through laziness or carelessness. In this case, given the timeframe that the photo originally ran, one can’t fault The AP for not getting the facts right.

However, kudos to The AP for the nearly 70 year-old-correction.

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