Now I usually check the LA Times Corrections page multiple times a day - even though - usually - corrections are only put up once a day - because one never knows when a correction will be posted - and then very quickly disappear. Luckily, Steve Bartin over at NEWS ALERT spoted this one and Mickey Kaus then linked to it.
And - apparently, but I can not completely confirm as it was never up at any time I looked on that page - this past Christmas morning, the following correction very briefly appeared:
For the record
December 25, 2005 Religion and government:
A Dec. 18 article defending the separation of church and state stated that the Rev. Jerry Falwell claimed that Ellen DeGeneres played a role in the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina because she was the host of the Emmy Awards before both events. He made no such claim.
The question now, of course is - exactly where did they get this false quote from? Was it from another April Fool's press release - or.....? The Times needs to explain to its readers exactly why and how so many fabricated quotes keep ending up in the the paper.
And I am still waiting for the Times to correct the fabricated quotes in its recent Wyatt Earp story since even the writer has openly admitted he fabricated those quotes.
But, evidently - that still does not meet the Times' standards of printing a correction.
Lastly - when it comes to a nut case like Falwell - why would anyone feel the need to fabricate quotes to make him look like a nut case? The man is perfectly capable of doing it himself without anyone else's help.