The New York Times is supposedly fastidious about making corrections, and yet in two instances recently, where I submitted corrections, or at least alerted them to errors, the errors have gone uncorrected for months.
Case in point: A photo essay in the Metro section on October 3, 2004, about the delivery of a new Torah scroll to Congregation Khal Chasidey Skwere in Brooklyn, shows a photo of a bearded man using a magnifier to look at an etrog, an Israeli-grown citrus fruit that plays a central role in the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The etrog must be considered perfect to be used in the festival, and the man is examining it for the required features, mainly the pitot or stems, that must be intact on either end. The Times’ caption says in part, “Yitzchak Mayer Youngeworth, bottom left, examined a fruit for its adherence to dietary laws last Sunday at a stand in Borough Park.”
Pardon me, but the Times of all papers ought to know that etrogim are not eaten, so “dietary” laws have nothing to do with this examination.
Two emails and a voice mail left with the Times’ corrections desk have never been answered.
You can’t find the photo essay on the Times website. I have a copy if you want to see it.
Second case: A December 2004 article about “an odd series” of money transfers out of the World Jewish Congress, describes a bookkeeper for the WJC as having done the transfers because of advanced dementia, but nowhere does the article offer the bookkeeper or his family any opportunity to rebut this terrible allegation, and the article gives no indication that any effort was made to get such a reaction.
Again, a call to the corrections desk has gone unanswered.
It would seem that only the news the Times thinks is fit to correct gets corrected.