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.
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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.