Public Editor

Yes, The Star corrected a photo of an orc from “The Hobbit”

After reading the correction on Page A-2 of today’s print edition, a number of readers had a reaction similar to this one:

“I don't know if the correction of the ‘Hobbit’ photo was intended to be funny or not but I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! Everyone I've shared it with has gotten a nice long chuckle out of it.”

The correction concerned a photo that ran with the review of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” that was published in Monday’s paper. The image of a grotesque orc creature was different from the one described in the caption.

Of course I understand why some readers found it so funny. It’s even funnier when you consider the ridiculous appearance of the creature out of context.

But The Star’s policy is to correct errors, regardless of whether they may look silly. I wouldn’t hesitate to run a correction of a caption that misidentified Scarlett Johansson, for example. This is really no different.