If you’re interested in learning about the US Constitution, you should start reading the stuff posted by Aaron Worthing over at Patterico’s Pontifications. Worthing has been cross-posting over at Big Journalism, and during the past week or two has been picking apart Time’s managing editor Richard Stengel’s “does the Constitution still matter” cover story.
To give a quick review, on June 23, Richard Stengel wrote a cover story* for Time magazine rife with factual errors. Eight days ago, I published a piece here outlining thirteen of those errors in that story. The next day, I published a substantially similar piece at Big Journalism, and by then the list of errors had grown to fourteen. I said at the time that I considered it a journalistic scandal that such an error-ridden piece appeared at Time magazine as its cover story and ever since I have been crusading to more or less embarrass them into a correction.
Surely they know by now what an embarrassment that article was; some of them probably knew before the article even went to print. This is reaching the point where I think it is safe to say that their reaction—or lack thereof—is becoming as much of a problem as the initial mistake. It’s one thing to make the mistake in the first place but to leave it uncorrected as word gets around that Time published such inaccurate garbage only deepens the embarrassment. Time has already harmed its reputation by publishing the piece in the first place; now the only question is whether they can salvage their reputation by admitting finally they made an error.