Editor's note: On June 17, a "Gist" on best sellers by Sean Rocha was posted before it had finished being edited and was subsequently removed from the site. The unfinished version contained several errors in fact and interpretation. We expect to publish a revised version of the piece next week, along with an itemization of the factual errors in the original.
In a June 17 "Chatterbox" column, Timothy Noah neglected to indicate that a portion of a quotation that he placed in italics had not been italicized in the original.
A June 17 "Swingers" article by William Saletan included the line, "At their convention last weekend, West Virginia Democrats stripped a sentence from their platform that used to say, 'We oppose government intervention in personal decisions that every woman has a right to make for herself.' " This line was based on a June 13 article in the Charleston Gazette. Gazette reporters say they quoted the 2000 West Virginia Democratic platform as it appeared on the party's Web site. A party official, however, says that the 2000 platform does not include the sentence quoted by the Gazette and that she is uncertain whether the platform the party had posted was from 2000 or 1996. The party is unable to locate its 1996 platform to determine whether this was the platform from which the Gazette obtained its quote.
A June 16 "Swingers" article by William Saletan originally and incorrectly referred to West Virginia's southern congressional district, which includes Hinton, as the 1st District. It is the 3rd District.
In the June 12 "Today's Papers" column, Hudson Morgan originally and incorrectly implied that both the Washington Post and New York Times quoted "informed sources" in pieces about John McCain's reluctance to become John Kerry's running mate. In fact, the Times story did not use the term "informed sources."