(contd.) … tell us; we are considering the renewal of this section, depending on your recommendations.|
The rather rude ‘LIAR’ title was not ‘awarded’ easily, but only to cases in which deliberate dissemination of untruth seemed to be proven, with particularly severe damage done. No such title was awarded for mistakes, or for views simply different for ours. We regularly turned to the criticized media before our publication of the AWARD, and proposed them joint work for clarifications and corrections – in their or in our publication, as found justified.
The Guardian - and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC were among those who once chose the way of issuing Due Corrections – or joint clarifications together with us – and therefore their Liar Award was changed and softened. In the Guardian’s case we were impressed by the paper’s (and its Reader’s Editor’s - Ombudsman’s - then) honesty and courage to issue a sizeable full correction.