Sunday, September 27, 2009

Getting it wrong in style

This is, without doubt, the very best apology/errata I've ever read. Well done The Sun!

'In an article published on The Sun website on January 27th 2005 under the headline Gollum joker killed in live rail horror we incorrectly stated that Julian Brooker, 23, of Brighton, was blown 15ft into the air after accidentally touching a live railway line.His parents have asked us to make clear he was not turned into a fireball, was not obsessed with the number 23 and didn’t go drinking on that date every month.

Julian’s mother did not say, during or after the inquest, her son often got on all fours creeping around their house pretending to be Gollum.Also, quotes from a witness should have been attributed to Gemma Costin not Eva Natasha. We apologise for the distress this has caused Julian’s family and friends.'

If I could write stuff like this, I'd be a comic genius.

1 comment:

Peter Neville said...

I rather expected a closing admission that there had been no inquest and that the "victim" was at home on the sofa with his mother.