Erratic times with quotations at the Chronicle
Last week, the Chronicle issued a correction related to a quotation that didn't really clarify who made the error (the newspaper or the person being quoted).
Yesterday, the Chronicle issued another correction related to a quotation:
A story in Sunday's paper about speedskater Chad Hedrick gave an incorrect quote from his father. It should have said, "He's always had to win at whatever he was doing. We couldn't go bowling without having a knockdown dragout."
Here is the quotation in the original story by David Barron:
"He's always had to win at whatever he was doing," Paul Hedrick said. "We couldn't go bowling without having a knockdown drag out. If Chad wasn't winning, we weren't having fun."
So, did Barron just make up the quotation? Was it supposed to be off the record? Was it one of those mysterious Chronicle editing errors? It seems a little too specific to have simply been imagined by the reporter.
It's impossible to know from the correction. But it's certainly odd.
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