Saturday, January 12, 2019

Today -100: January 12, 1919: Did you win the war in order to knit Ireland’s chains?

The NYT is pretty sure Karl Liebknecht has been machine-gunned to death. Nope.

I’ve been wondering: when did the NYT first have a corrections section? Does anyone know?

Headline of the Day -100: 

Not really a significant headline, just worth noting that Germany still has POWs, presumably darned pissed-off POWs, it hasn’t released 2 months after the armistice.

Sinn Féin hq in Dublin is raided. The police find pamphlets addressed to US soldiers asking “Did you win the war in order to knit Ireland’s chains?” and “We helped to win your independence. Will you help us to win ours?”


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  1. Catching up. I looked into the corrections question and found a 2001 Times article saying that the Times first had a regular corrections section in...1970! (

    While researching this, I learned that the Times published a correction in 1969 to a January 13, 1920, editorial dismissing the idea that a rocket could function in a vacuum.

  2. I've been enjoying the recent addition of obits for people the Times ignored at the time they died, usually because they were women or non-white.

    That 1969 correction was in the edition that reported the Apollo 11 launch. But has there ever been a correction acknowledging that the whole moon landing was faked on a sound stage in Arizona? No there has not.

  3. I’ve enjoyed those obituaries too, especially the one about Maria Bochkareva.

    I’m waiting for the correction saying, “Everything the Times wrote about Russia in the 1910s was totally made up. The Times regrets the error.”