WaPo photo director: ‘We messed up

One of the Barbara Johnsons

What’s the story behind the Washington Post’s “best correction ever”? Michel du Cille, the Post’s director of photography, tells Romenesko readers:

Very simply, we messed up. This was a terrible error that occurred while on deadline. We took an image from an event related to the signing of the Maryland law legalizing same sex marriage. Since the name was the same we should have made an ever greater attempt to ensure that the correct Barbara Johnson was pictured.

* Best Washington Post correction ever?