I mentioned yesterday that a series of articles in The Sunday Times (UK) was riddled with inaccuracies.
Samantha Stein, the camp director, has issued corrections to the pieces.
There are a *lot*:
“Dawkins sets up kids’ camp to groom atheists” (Headline)
Richard Dawkins is not setting up Camp Quest UK. The word “groom” is misleading, offensive and inaccurate.
“Dawkins, who is subsidising the camp, said it was designed to ‘encourage children to
think for themselves, sceptically and rationally’ “
Richard Dawkins has no personal involvement with Camp Quest. He is not “subsidising” the camp. The Richard Dawkins Foundation has made a small one?off donation to Camp Quest.
Those are just two of many.
Take-home message: Even when it’s positive press, as this was intended to be, don’t trust everything you read verbatim. Reporters rarely get all the facts straight.
All this said, it was great publicity for Camp Quest UK — lots of major British media wanted to talk about it after the articles were published.