Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Sincere Apology to All Involved

I am offering a sincere apology to Andrea Shreeman, Sara Elizabeth Timmins and the Roanoker Magazine for an error I made in a story on the two moviemakers that is in the November-December issue.

I attributed quotes to Sara E that should have been Andrea's, including one that listed Andrea's supporters for her new end of life comedy (I incorrectly called it a "suicide comedy"), and attribution for another quote later in the story was not clear.

I've been doing this kind of work for nearly 50 years and have never made that mistake before. I don't remember the last time I was accused of misquoting, either, but the quotes were correct here; it was just that I had the wrong person attributed. I spend a good bit of time and effort getting the facts correct in stories, but this time I simply failed and I have no excuse, no further explanation.

I am horrified, embarrassed and humiliated by the error. And I damn well should be.


  1. Something very similar happened to me once, early in my trade journalism career. I had interviewed two women, but I swapped which company each was from. One of them was very mad about it. She called me and yelled at me. I told her that the story would be corrected on the website. It was the best I could do. My editor told me not to beat myself up over it. Magazines get thrown in the trash. The Internet is forever. So, The Roanoker will correct the story for the website. It will be fine. Don't beat yourself up over it.

  2. You too, are human, Dan. At the end of the day, it's not the worst thing to have made this kind of mistake. I forgive you; forgive yourself.