Last week, TIME magazine journalist Zeke Miller falsely reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office following his inauguration.
Editor in chief of the famous magazine, Nancy Gibbs, is standing firm in her decision to defend Miller. She claims Miller’s mess up last Friday was an “honest” one, and that no reporter is ever error-free.
Gibbs writes as a response:
“No news organization ever wants to make an error, but we all have procedures for handling them when we do. Zeke moved quickly to correct the record, and we stand behind him for taking responsibility for the mistake. He and our other reporters will continue to cover the new administration thoroughly, fairly and fearlessly.”
Miller was present at the White House last week with other members of the press corps, where he claimed the bust was “no longer on display.” Soon enough, Miller’s false report broke out on to social media, where critics began to call Trump racially insensitive.
When word quickly spread, Miller was confronted by White House staff and shown that the bust was clearly present. Apparently, it was “obscured by a door and an agent earlier,” Miller said in his correction on the report.
However, according to spokesman Sean Spicer, Miller made no attempt to correct the matter with Trump himself, and gave no apology for the embarrassing mistake.
Miller previously worked for BuzzFeed before moving on to TIME.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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