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July 16, 2012


I think authorizing journalist take-back may be satisfying to the journalist, but this. It doesn't change what's already present in a human mind. The judge may have told the jury, "The jury will disregard the previous statement." But can the members of the jury be expected fully to disregard it? Reporter (especially, *trusted* reporter) John or Jane Doe reports, "Candidate Herbert Herbert caught in a lie." Later, it's proved *not* a lie. No matter what attempted editing or retraction is tried, will the reader of the original not have a changed opinion of the candidate or, at least, the reporter?

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