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New York Times issues correction for Kristol column.

By Matt Corley on May 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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kristol2.jpgEarlier this week, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol asserted in a column that he could not find “a single recent instance of a candidate who ultimately became his party’s nominee losing a primary” by a 41-point margin like Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) did in West Virgina. But as ThinkProgress and other blogs quickly pointed out, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lost to Mitt Romney in the Utah’s primary by 85 points in February. The Times has now issued a correction for Kristol’s column:

Correction: May 21, 2008
In his column on Monday, Bill Kristol said he could not find a recent primary in which the candidate who would go on to win the nomination lost by as big a margin as Barack Obama lost by (41 points) in West Virginia. Mitt Romney won the essentially uncontested Utah primary on Feb. 5 with about 90 percent of the vote.

Also, the California Supreme Court is based in San Francisco, not the state capital, Sacramento.

In just six months, this is the third time that the New York Times has been forced to clean up Kristol’s factual errors.

Update

Jerry Skurnik points out that Utah wasn’t “essentially uncontested” as the Times correction asserts, considering that McCain was endorsed by the governor and he campaigned in the state. (HT: JosephP)

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