That Watergate-era truism comes to mind in a what looks like a little "cover-up" by Melanie Sill -- or one of Sill's surrogates.
Here's what happened. Blogger John in Carolina noticed a mistake in Sill's Sunday column. Reviewing some Bee stories from 1933, Sill had said FDR was "in London working to stabilize the currency."
But FDR was not in London in 1933, and John in Carolina pointed that out in a comment posted on the Bee's site.
His comment stayed on the Bee's site several hours before it mysteriously disappeared. (To see John's full comment, go to John's site here.)
Below is a scan of Sill's Sunday column with the mistake about FDR in London.
This paragraph was changed in the online version to read:
On the front page, the paper reported on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's views on a London conference to stabilize currency and on Mary and Douglas Fairbanks, who were "near divorce."
And this sentence was added just above the column: "The online version of this column differs slightly from the print version." You can read Sill's column online here.
(Nice -- but tell readers what you changed.)
As I type this, no correction has been posted on the Bee's correction page (here).
As mistakes go, this is tiny. Whether FDR was in London in 1933 doesn't change the meaning of Sill's column at all.
But the little mistake is magnified by deleting John in Carolina's comment, then not posting a correction.
How about a little transparency, Melanie?
Update: Correction was published in the print version 7/6/09; click here to see it.