October 6, 2003

I’VE MADE FUN OF THE NEW YORK TIMES for taking eight years to correct an error involving me. But this is more dramatic:

An article in The Times Magazine on Sept. 22, 1974, about the movie actor Charles Bronson, who died on Aug. 30 this year, misstated his military record. Publicity material asserting that Mr. Bronson had been a B-29 gunner in World War II, called into doubt by the article, was indeed correct.

Better late than never, I guess, but sheesh.

Thanks to reader Joshua Kreitzer for the pointer.

UPDATE: Reader John Tuttle emails:

It’s pretty bad when Hollywood flackery is more accurate than NY Times hackery. . . . “Publicity material asserting that Mr. Bronson had been a B-29 gunner in World War II, called into doubt by the article, was indeed correct.”

I’m a Watergate baby, being in High School and watching the hearings. Today, politicians like Bush and Blair are MORE trustworthy than the media. I would never have believed that I would feel this way.

Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

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