‘Las Vegas Sun’ Carries Unusually Detailed Correction

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By: E&P Staff

In one of the most extensive corrections in recent years, the Las Vegas Sun today printed, and then posted on its Web site, a lengthy mea culpa that begins: “The following story had several reporting and editing problems as well as some factual errors. The premise of the story was that even affluent and normally peaceful Summerlin, where a Palo Verde High School student was shot to death by another youth while walking home from school, was not immune from the crime that occurs in other parts of the Las Vegas Valley.”

It then admits it was wrong to quote anonymous posters on a Web site who charged that there are racists in the community when “because of the way the Web works, could have come from anywhere in the world. Although some people in Summerlin may hold racist views, these quotes, because of the lack of identity of the writers, in no way proved that possibility.

“It is the Sun?s policy not to run anonymous letters to the editor and in the future the Sun will not run anonymous comments from Web sites.”

Much later, after explaining a number of errors, it concluded, “All these errors tended to give the following story an anti-Summerlin tone, which was not intended and which the Sun regrets.” The paper’s Web site is at www.lasvegasun.com.

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