A picture’s been doing the rounds on the nationalist social networks today, to a mixture of merriment and a nagging sense of injustice. It’s a retraction by the Herald of some wildly-inaccurate figures it published a couple of weeks ago about the alleged threat posed by independence to jobs at Faslane Naval Base, which we highlighted at the time. Here’s the picture. (Click for the full-size version.)
As we say, some pro-independence types have been gloating at the Herald having to apologise at all, while others have bemoaned the correction being buried in a corner of an obscure inside page when the original was a front-page lead story. But there’s something much more worrying about it than that.
Because if you go to the online version of the story – something which is, of course, extremely easy to amend, though proper practice is to also include a footnote pointing out the changes - it still has the wrong figures on it. The headline, which the Herald’s correction describes as “misleadingly presented in quotation marks”, is STILL misleadingly presented in quotation marks. The wildly incorrect assertion that the base supports 19,000 jobs is still there. The story appears to be identical to the original.
(Click here for a screen-capture showing today’s date and the current version.)
The Herald’s correction does not, so far as we can ascertain, appear anywhere on the paper’s website. Anyone searching online for Trident stories in future may well come upon the article, with nothing to let them know that it’s completely wrong. We’ll be dropping the Press Complaints Commission a line in the morning to see if they consider that to be in line with their Editors’ Code Of Practice.