Chron corrections: The vignette that didn't pass muster

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The Chronicle continued a recent pattern of unusual corrections yesterday:

Cliff Stricklin grew up in Dallas and was immediately accepted to Washington and Lee University School of Law after a stint working for the Drug Enforcement Administration. A story on Page A25 Sunday incorrectly described his admission to the university.

Here’s the original story:

When Cliff Stricklin decided to study law, he was eager to attend an elite school, so he applied at Washington & Lee in Virginia, among the oldest and most respected in the nation.

His undergraduate grades at Baylor were good but not great, and Stricklin was rejected.

Stricklin, who lived in Washington, D.C., at the time and was working for the Drug Enforcement Administration, persuaded the dean to meet with him. The dean agreed but limited the meeting to 15 minutes.

“He ended up meeting with the dean for an hour and a half,” said Gil Stricklin, his father.

When it was over, after discussing a shared passion for American history, the dean stood up, extended her hand and said: “Congratulations, counselor. You’ve won your first case.”

That odd vignette has now been excised completely from the version of the story currently posted online, which notes that an earlier version contained errors.

It’s good that the errors have been corrected, but one wonders how they made it through the vaunted fact-checking process in the first place. Alas, since the reader rep has fallen down on his promise to blog about these matters daily, we’re probably not going to find out.


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