As a father of three kids, I am quite familiar with the line of Berenstain Bears books as they were a common pick for story time before bed.
One of the books, The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With School, ending with the lesson that it was never too late to correct a mistake.
Apparently, the folks at The Washington Post feel the same way. The Decermber 24, 2010, edition of the paper ran this clarification on page B4
The Dec. 25, 2009, obituary of sportscaster George Michael included a quotation from a 1984 Washington Post article in which Michael said his first wife, Patricia Michael, “ran away to Mexico with an 18-year-old.”
Patricia Michael recently contacted The Post to dispute the accuracy of that statement. She said she had traveled to Mexico alone and, upon her return, was unable to reconcile with her husband. They were later divorced.
What I find interesting about this situation is how did Patricia discover this item that needed clarification and when did she discover it.
How long did it take her to finally decide to contact the Post and try to set the record straight? Did she ever think of letting the quote just slide?
On the other side, how long has the Post known about Patricia Michael’s request for a clarification? Is there a minimum time limit the paper has to print a clarification?
Are there some things that should simply be left alone or should one always strive to set it right. I’m pretty sure I know what Papa Bear would say.