Monday, April 02, 2012

Correction of the Day: Not Bill Walton Edition



In Sunday's L.A. Times, the paper offered up a correction on an earlier story about the sale of the Dodgers. The piece included a roundup of reactions around the Twitterverse, including this one:

Bill Walton, Hall of Famer, tweeted: "Magic Johnson won 5 titles, owns lucrative businesses in 'poor' areas, owns a MLB team, and beat HIV. ... After years of mismanagement, Magic Johnson looks to clean up the Dodgers."


That quote was taken from the Twitter account @NotBillWalton. It turns out -- wait for it -- that @NotBillWalton is not really Bill Walton's Twitter account. Go figure! (For some reason, it hasn't been corrected online. See the original story here).

UPDATE: After I inquired about it this morning, the correction finally appeared. Here it is:

FOR THE RECORD:

Dodgers sale reaction: In the March 29 Sports section, a list of comments by pro basketball figures on the sale of the Dodgers included a quote attributed to Bill Walton on Twitter: "Magic Johnson won 5 titles, owns lucrative businesses in 'poor' areas, owns a MLB team, and beat HIV.... After years of mismanagement, Magic Johnson looks to clean up the Dodgers." In fact, the comments were from two tweets by a Walton impersonator with the Twitter name @NotBillWalton. —


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