My least favorite thing in the world is waking up and discovering an error in that day’s paper. It’s like waking up, energized and ready to face the day, only to be punched in the gut … and the pain sticks with you until day’s end … sometimes longer. If I could make the picture of me on this page frown today, I would.
In today’s Herald, our top headline states a man was arrested for the beating of three elderly women north of Pittsboro. It was a woman. A man was the original suspect, and thus the original headline, but when we received the story late last night from our sister paper in Durham, we failed to change the headline.
In the grand scheme of things (which is where I always prefer to look), it’s not going to kill us, but it hurts our credibility, and I feel I owe it to our readers to explain our mistakes.
I apologize for the mistake, and I assure you we are doing everything we can to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.
— Billy Liggett