After initially referring to Jerusalem as "Israel's capital," The Associated Press on Friday issued a "correction" and called Jerusalem "Israel's self-declared capital."
The bizarre incident occurred on Twitter Friday morning. The AP first posted the following tweet from its official Twitter account:
“Air raid sirens wail in Jerusalem, signaling a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's capital: http://apne.ws/U3UaeK -KH.”
Air raid sirens wail in Jerusalem, signaling a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's capital: apne.ws/U3UaeK -KH— The Associated Press (@AP) November 16, 2012
Then roughly a half hour later, the AP issued the "correction" tweet:
“Air raid sirens in Jerusalem signal a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's self-declared capital: http://apne.ws/ZXOoMR -KH (correction).”
Air raid sirens in Jerusalem signal a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's self-declared capital: apne.ws/ZXOoMR -KH (correction)— The Associated Press (@AP) November 16, 2012
In response to inquiries by Politico, AP spokesperson Paul Colford provided the following explanation:
The air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem after the start of the Jewish Sabbath in the holy city, claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians as a capital and located about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Gaza. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket landed in an open area southeast of the city.
Colford wrote that "it appears the alternate reference in copy ('self-declared capital') was viewed as a correction of an earlier reference ('capital'), contained in a tweet based on a different writethru."
"The decision was clearly made that explanatory language is best," he wrote:
However, he did later admit that "labeling it a 'correction' was unnecessary."