Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Last week, I put up a post here and wrote a short piece at HuffPost about Gov. Rick Scott vetoing funding for the Florida Innocence Commission.

My source was this Miami Herald column. I’ve since learned that the columnist was in error. The commission was set to expire this year. So it actually hadn’t requested any funding. That means the legislature didn’t budget any funding, which of course means Gov. Scott didn’t veto it. I did call both Scott’s office and the commission, but neither returned my calls, which I made about twelve hours before the story was published.

It’s a fairly embarrassing error, and a good lesson in not relying on someone else’s reporting.

My apologies to Gov. Scott, and to those of you who read and commented on the article.

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23 Responses to “Correction”

  1. #1 |  Rick Scott: Limited Government Hero | The Agitator | 

    […] CORRECTION: Please see a major correction to this post here. […]

  2. #2 |  Marc | 

    It’s okay radley…he’s still a scumbag.

  3. #3 |  Greg | 

    Wow. What a major fuck up by Miami Herald, as well as Governor Scott’s office to a lesser extent.

    The text of his veto message appears to have come from his veto of a prison re-entry bill for non-violent drug offenders —

  4. #4 |  John P. | 

    If only our .gov was this honest an apologetic when they made mistakes…

    Thanks for the clarification Radley as usual your reporting blows everyone else’s away! Even if you do make an occasional mistake.

  5. #5 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    This is what actual journalism looks like.

  6. #6 |  thomasblair | 

    mad lib guy,

    Absolutely. Yet another reason to appreciate Radley’s journalism – the integrity to correct mistakes in a public fashion.

  7. #7 |  Peter Ramins | 

    What an amateur outfit this is – I’ve seen more ‘corrections’ and ‘retractions’ and factual reversals / updates on than I’ve seen in all the major media outlets combined, the past few years.

    What? Integrity? Professionalism? Honest admission of mistakes and placing importance on getting the truth out? No, that surely cannot be it.

    It’s pretty clear from the lack of retractions and corrections that those *other* joints just aren’t making mistakes or printing falsehoods.

  8. #8 |  perlhaqr | 

    Ooooooh, good sarcasm, Peter. Ya had me going for a bit there. :)

  9. #9 |  OBTC | 

    Radley –

    I can’t access anything you wrote before Friday.

    Please please please fix it!

  10. #10 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Just eat your yogurt tomorrow like every morning, Radley. And walk with swagger because you have proven yourself to be a fair and descent reporter.

  11. #11 |  Ryan | 

    Integrity in journalism is all I ask for-as infallibility is not realistic. And for that Radley, you are commended. In the grand scheme of things, this kind of correction will go down as far more meaningful than had the original story actually been 100% accurate.

    I appreciate the candor, please keep up the good work.

  12. #12 |  Difster | 

    Balko, you made a mistake. Your credibility is shot forever!

    Seriously though, even though you apologized for it and made the correction, your detractors will use it against you.

    Thanks for the correction, please update us if you get a response from the Governor’s office.

  13. #13 |  Other Sean | 

    Phew…for a minute there I feared you were about to tell us The Wire Musical wasn’t real.

  14. #14 |  Dana Gower | 

    I am curious, though:
    The original story said there were hundreds(?, it’s been awhile since I read the article) of cases still in the pipeline. If the commission were scheduled to expire, why were all these cases backed up? Was it expected that it would be extended/refunded? Perhaps this could be re-looked at and re-addressed?

  15. #15 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Curious; did the Miami Herald print a retraction? Frankly, I tend to assume not, but I would be delighted to be proved wrong.

  16. #16 |  RomanCandle | 

    This is the good thing about blogging…corrections go front and center instead of being buried in some tiny column on page 17.

  17. #17 |  Scott Ellison | 

    I can’t help but notice you don’t bury your retractions like the media usually does.

  18. #18 |  Pi Guy | 

    “What an amateur outfit this is – I’ve seen more ‘corrections’ and ‘retractions’ and factual reversals / updates on than I’ve seen in all the major media outlets combined, the past few years.”

    Yes. That’s because, when other “professional” outfits print corrections -which they do often, they put it on page D19 in a two line box between “Camping Equipment” and “Dry Cleaning”.


  19. #19 |  XYZ | 

    Pi Guy,

    Please get more of the caffinated beverage of your choice and re-read the comment past the first section.

  20. #20 |  Bill | 

    The Palm Beach Post here where I live wrote a scathing editorial on Birch Bayh after he said he wasn’t running for the Senate in 2010. In the attack piece, the Post said Bayh had never held political office before becoming Senator. Which was obviously wrong, Bayh being both a past Governor and Sec. of State for Indiana. In spite of the Manager of the editorial page being informed of the mistake(I emailed him and he wrote me back), the wrong facts are still in the online version 2 years and almost 4 months later. So much for professional journalism.

  21. #21 |  Scott S | 

    Well crap. Now I have to do a correction, too!

  22. #22 |  George | 

    Radley, you are a man of integrity. Not that I just realized that, but I need to say it again.

  23. #23 |  Joshua Kricker | 

    The question is why was the commission due to expire and why didn’t it request more funding. Has its goal been reached? Are there no more prisoners languishing in Florida’s prisons or on death row who have been wrongfully convicted? Somehow, I don’t think so.