My first instinct with this project was to consult Google so I searched “news corrections” which came up with a lot of results about correctional officers. Not exactly what I was looking for. Despite this, I did come upon the corrections pages for the New York Times and CNBC. A better search for “corrections and clarifications in the news” yielded more corrections pages for publications like The Guardian and USA Today. Even the TODAY Show has a corrections page.
It was a start. Now, I knew who made the most mistakes! Right away, you can tell that a bigger, more popular publication is more likely to get things wrong and want to correct them on the spot. It makes sense. Most of these giant publications are casting a wider net, and are under the magnifying glass of thousands of readers.
Now to find an actual mistake. So, I started searching through articles involving New Horizon and the Pluto flyby. It was a topic I was deeply interested in and thought “where better to screw up than with some kind of statistical or numerical error?” I figured someone would have to get something wrong. I compared and contrasted information from NASA to articles in the New York Times, CNN, Vox, Popular Mechanics, GlobalPost and TIME — and found absolutely nothing. If there were any mistakes to be seen, they’ve been corrected by now. I was hoping for a slight error, either in the numbers or the facts. The one thing I caught had already been changed. You can see below in this article from the New York Times. It wasn’t anything spectacular, just a misspelling. I struggled to find any errors, but I did find a rather interesting article on “How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto.” The search continues.