Best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012

If my annual tally of plagiarism and fabrication incidents is the depressing part of “Regret the Error”‘s year-end coverage, then this annual collection of the best of the worst in errors and corrections is the highlight.

That’s not to say the mistakes detailed below are minor or purely amusing; many are serious failures.

But it’s important to acknowledge the amusing and outrageous, and to collect them to help journalists avoid making the same mistakes.I also want to celebrate the correction writers who went beyond the call of duty to offer something special.

I’m not a huge fan of year end retrospectives, but being in the media some of these howlers have me laughing, cringing, and wondering what the hell happened.

Until I got to the entry entitled “Best Explanation of Missing Information.”

That’s when I started slow-clapping.