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McEntee: My mistake, my apology

Published January 8, 2013 3:49 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

As a newspaper columnist, I can and do dish out criticism. Now I've got to take it.

In a Tribune online column that appeared on Monday, I made a big mistake — I found what I thought was Gov. Gary Herbert's inaugural speech on the Web. It turned out to be the text of his 2011 inaugural address. A fellow reporter caught the mistake before the column ran in Tuesday's paper, but it did appear online and with a prominent sentence detailing the error. In other words, my column was effectively spiked by editors, as it should have been.

I have apologized to the governor and now I apologize to my readers. I'll do my best to make sure nothing like it happens again.