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9:15 a.m.: LA Times corrections attempt follow-up (requesting readers’ help) –
Just puttin’ this out there –
- In a PJ Media column on October 19, yours truly skewered an October 16 Politics Now blog post at the Los Angeles Times by David Lauter.
- Lauter falsely claimed that the U.S. public debt-to-GDP ratio “grew rapidly during most of President George W. Bush’s tenure,” and that “the U.S. debt burden is starting to decline” as expressed in that ratio. The column proved that both statements are false (graphic proof is here and here).
- As seen here, I requested Times corrections on October 19.
- Multiple attempts to actually talk to or to even get a direct phone number of a Readers Representative have resulted in failure.
- I was finally able to obtain a direct email address for someone who is allegedly in the Corrections Department yesterday, and have asked for a response while cc’ing the Readers Representative email addy.
Today and yesterday, attempts to access Lauter’s original article at the Times ended up receiving “Request Timeout” responses in two different browsers, while I have had no problem accessing other Politics Now blog posts, including some from over a week ago.
I’d be interested in knowing whether other readers have the same problem getting to Lauter’s original post. Anyone wishing to report on their attempt can email me or comment below. Input would be intensely appreciated and extremely helpful in determining whether the Times is “correcting” the problem simply by making Lauter’s post inaccessible.