Darrell Clarke to Pulitzer-winning Inky critic Inga Saffron: Do your homework

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Updated at 3:15 pm with comment from Inquirer editor William K. Marimow.

Last week Inga Saffron, the Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic, wrote a column blasting a move by City Council President Darrell Clarke. Saffron’s point: The fast-tracking of a bill that would put city planning, development and housing agencies into one department consolidated too much power in one office, and didn’t allow for enough input from the public. She cited a proposed amendment to the bill that would allow Council to approve the mayor’s choice for the head of that new department as another example of how Clarke could use his influence.

There was, however, a flaw in the column. That amendment was struck from the bill on Wednesday — accurately reported by the Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas — two days before Saffron wrote about it as a “proposed” amendment. The Inquirer ran a correction in the paper that is now seen at the top of her article online. Clarke added fuel to the fire on Facebook Saturday, posting a photo of the print correction:

 

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Today on Twitter, Clarke linked to his Facebook post by writing “Facts matter.”

Jane Roh, Clarke’s director of communications, declined to comment. Inquirer editor Bill Marimow provided the following statement: “When we make a mistake in print or on-line, we correct it as soon as possible, which is exactly what we did in this case. As far as I’m concerned, Inga Saffron is a stellar journalist, whose columns make an essential contribution to the growth and development of our region.”

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