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  • Saturday, November 15, 2008

     

    OC Register "typo" on Freeway Complex Fire causes confusion

    A typographical error in a posting by Orange County Register political reporter Martin Wisckol posted on the Orange County Register blog of 45,000 evacuees in Anahiem Hills was picked up by wire services and reported over Los Angeles television stations before the error was corrected. Wisckol's post (see below) was issued at 5:50 pm on Saturday. The post transposed the number of people and homes. The post incorrectly stated 12,600 homes with 45,000 people had been evacuated. The correct numbers were 4,500 people and 12,600 homes. The posting was not corrected until 55 min later at 6:45 pm by the OC Register.

    Orange Net News corrected the numbers on its Greater Orange News Service site when the mistake was realized.


    OC Register mistaken posting:

    "Update on Anaheim evacautions
    November 15th, 2008, 5:30 pm by Martin Wisckol, politics reporter

    There have now been 12,600 homes evacuated and 45,000 people evacuated in Anaheim, city spokeswoman Marty DeSollar told reporter Eric Neff. There has been one minor injury to an Anaheim resident, and six minor injuries to firefighters
    ."


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