Lucien Haag’s Flawed Analysis of the First Shot Fired in the JFK Assassination
The article neglected to specify Frank S. DeRonja’s credentials, and was not as clear as it should have been about the impact on asphalt from a direct strike by a non-ricocheting bullet.
“Lucien Haag’s Flawed Analysis of the First Shot Fired in the JFK Assassination” was corrected on 16 January 2017.
In Search of the Third Man
The FBI made two efforts to decipher all the handwritten entries in Oswald’s address book and these should have been noted in the article.
“In Search of the Third Man” was amended 26 July 2016 to include the FBI’s efforts.
A distinction should have been made between the NAS panel’s very limited conclusions, and its observation regarding the location of the open police microphone.
“Sabato’s Folly” was corrected 13 September 2014 to reflect this distinction.
Two Watergate-related oral histories were conducted in 2010, not one as originally stated. “Naftali Reconsidered” was corrected on June 12.
Oswald organized a Fair Play for Cuba Committee chapter in New Orleans. There is scant evidence of his pro-Cuba activities in Dallas. “Big D” was corrected to reflect this accurately on 11 November 2013.
Richard Nixon’s Deep Throat
The article should have noted that in 1999, Slate’s Tim Noah mentioned in two articles the relevance of the 19 October 1972 conversation to the (then) on-going controversy about Deep Throat’s identity.
Footnote 3 in “Richard Nixon’s Own Deep Throat” was corrected on 5 November 2009.
Concocting the Dots
Due to an editing error, the article originally stated in footnote 2 that journalist Daniel Schorr did not provide a source for a quote used in his 1977 book, Clearing the Air. Schorr did cite a source for the quote; it was a paragraph from Book V of the Church Committee’s Final Report. The larger point about the apocryphal nature of the quote, however, was accurate.
Footnote 2 in “Concocting the Dots” was corrected on 11 January 2009.
On 15 December 2008, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library provided the list of passengers who were aboard Air Force Two, which also returned to Washington from Dallas on 22 November 1963. Underwood was aboard this back-up airplane, and the article was revised to reflect this new information.
On 18 December 2008, Washington Decoded obtained a 1979 profile of Martin Underwood that had been published in the Baltimore Sun. Since this article shed further light on how Underwood fabricated stories over time, “The Underwood Hoax” was again revised to incorporate this new information.
Because of an e-mail breakdown, Mel Ayton’s essay was not vetted by its author prior to publication, which is standard procedure. Some points in the version posted 11 May 2008 required clarification. A revised version was posted on 14 May 2008, and several minor corrections and additions were also incorporated in the revision.
The 11 February 2008 review of The Commission stated that Philip Zelikow drafted the “Talking Points” rebuttal to Shenon dated 1 February 2008. Zelikow has denied primary authorship, claiming that Christopher Kojm, his former deputy on the 9/11 panel, “held the pen on that . . . document.”
Washington Decoded is certain only that Zelikow distributed the “Talking Points” memo immediately after it was written.
“Civics Lesson” was corrected on 19 February 2008 to reflect that fact.
Doubt and Disbelief
Roberts was the reporter in charge of the investigation, which involved several other reporters, including Peter Kihss and M.S. Handler. After extensive interviews of everyone on the Warren Commission who was willing to talk, and a thorough review of many of the questions that had been raised by critics of the report, “we didn’t come up with anything really new,” Roberts recalled. Ultimately, it was Harrison Salisbury’s decision not to run even one article, but every reporter involved in the investigation, according to Roberts, concurred in that judgment.
“Doubt and Disbelief in the Warren Report” was corrected on 22 January 2008 to reflect these clarifications.
Deep Throat 3.0
The 11 May 2007 article on Deep Throat erred in ascribing to Ben Bradlee a role really played by Leonard Downie, Jr., Bradlee’s successor as executive editor of The Washington Post. It was Downie who insisted that the guessing game was over with publication of the Vanity Fair article.
“Deep Throat 3.0” was corrected on 20 May 2007 to convey Downie’s role accurately.
The article also stated, incorrectly, that the 20 June 1972 article by Woodward instigated Zeigler’s remark about a “third-rate burglary.” Ziegler’s characterization was uttered on June 19, before the article appeared.
The relevant sentence in “Deep Throat 3.0” was corrected on 8 July 2008.