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A true clarification, not a correction

Readers have asked me many times about the difference between a correction and a clarification -- the latter being rare in The Star. To me, the difference is stark.

If something's wrong, it's addressed with a correction. If the name Viktor was spelled Victor, you correct it -- you don't clarify in this manner. Clarifications should be reserved for those times where readers could come away with a mistaken impression from text that was factually accurate.

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