Best newspaper correction you’ll read this week
The Times recently ran an obituary of former Sunday Times investigative reporter Philip Jacobson, who has died aged 79.
Quite a man he turns out to be, and not just for his memorable coverage of Bloody Sunday and its aftermath.
But there was one detail it got wrong.
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) February 2, 2018
Raise a glass to Philip Jacobson everybody.
Let us pause in wonderment at this aide memoire of a by-gone age of journalistic excess and heart-felt respect for accuracy.
— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) February 2, 2018
To be fair, that's probably not what his expenses claim said.
— Robert Hutton (@RobDotHutton) February 2, 2018
This is all very well but what did they have with their main course?
— Charlie Burgess (@charlieburgess) February 2, 2018
And the opening line of the Times’ obituary.
Philip Jacobson believed in speaking directly to those caught up in foreign wars, rather than discussing them with the politicians or the generals. In a career that took him to conflicts across the world, he reported fearlessly on their impact on ordinary people.