Thursday, November 20, 2003
The Chronicle hereby unconditionally retracts the suggestion contained in the article that Dr. Lewis is anti-Semitic. It also unconditionally retracts the statement attributed to a source for the article that she heard Dr. Lewis use racial slurs and make derogatory comments. There is no factual basis for these assertions.As Marie and I noted earlier this week, a retraction will mitigate any damages that arise from a suit against the Chronicle by Lewis. But more importantly, they have taken a courageous step of making sure they had the story right and admitting a mistake when they did not.
The newspaper regrets the errors and apologizes to Dr. Lewis.
The retraction seems limited to the discussion of anti-Semitism; I have written the paper's advisor to ask whether the paper stands by the other claims regarding the withholding of the grade. The article is currently still online; I hope the Chronicle will take it down shortly, or leave it with a notice of the retraction at the top. That would seem only right.