How Politicians and Journalists should correct their mistakes

As I wrote yesterday, all journalists get things wrong some of the time because like the rest of us, they are all human and we all make mistakes. Of course just like Politicians and unlike most people, they have teams of advisers and individuals who work around them to determine what policy or what document should be published and what should be re-written or scrapped altogether or at least what could be done to correct the mistakes. They also have legal advisers to check to see if there is a possibility that a piece could be illegal or risk the organisations credibility. Where I work my boss claims it is good to identify that we make daily mistakes because if we don’t, then our mistakes may be much more damaging and we may never learn from them. Inevitably while all individuals make mistakes on a daily basis, once matters get written down and particularly if the words get published, then the number of people involved becomes very significant. In all cases the individuals who write the articles or the text that is used by the person speaking, along with the individuals who do speak without a text or read a text are capable of making mistakes and so apologies or corrections are vital.

Yesterday I wrote a piece about journalists and one of the elements was the Daily Mail front page from yesterday which is above and now the British Medical Association has made it clear that opening schools up would be a dreadful mistake. Along with that there is a piece in the Telegraph that explains this too. It is clearly vital that Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson must cancel their decisions to reopen Schools and along with Jason Groves who is the Political Editor of the Daily Mail and whose photo is above and Josh White (whose face is not in public, but is listed as the Daily Mail education reporter) should publish their apologies or an alternative article that explains that schools involving both children and teachers need a lot more care and that trade unions have a valuable part to play in achieving that. After all Josh and Jason are currently both members of the National Union of Journalists, so perhaps their own trade union could challenge them for attacking the National Education Union who are clearly correct on this occasion.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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