By now you've probably seen the correction reporter Amanda Hess published Monday, in which she acknowledges wrongly writing that "one in three black men who have sex with me is HIV positive. In fact, the statistic applies to black men who have sex with men."
The correction quickly went viral across the Internet, retweeted at least 658 times, leading to more than 10,000 clickthroughs, and shared to Facebook 747 times, receiving 1,098 up votes on Reddit (the top supplier of traffic to this post) as of noon, and all of that still rising. It was noted on sites such as Fark and Gawker. We all had a good chuckle here -- the humor of the "me/men" mixup is as unmissable as it is unfortunate.
On some sites, the discussion was joined with the sort of innuendo and vile comments that anything about women, sex and/or race inevitably attracts online. That part is disappointing, but also predictable.
Now that you've had your laugh, I hope you'll also note the commitment to accuracy that this demonstrates.
We explained in a blog post before TBD.com ever launched that "we will be as aggressive in correcting our mistakes as we were in making them. Each article or blog item that includes a mistake will carry highly visible correction... The corrections policy will apply to all errors of fact as well as misspellings of proper nouns and the like. Errors than can be classified as typos will get a pass."
Knowing it would bring some mild embarrassment and also awaken the Internet trolls, Hess could have chalked up the missing "n" as a typo, quietly changed it and moved on. But Hess wrote the correction anyway.
We make it easy for you to tell us about needed corrections and we are committed to always correct mistakes, whether they are big, important ones or small but embarrassing ones.
NOTE: Hess will be discussing the correction Tuesday at 4:30 on TBD TV news with Morris Jones.