Do Not Call a Navy Captain Fat

The Washington Post apologizes for characterizing an officer as “thickset.” By Tom Shoop

The Washington Post has the correction of the day, if not the year, in its print edition today:

“An Oct. 14 Style article about access to the prison camp for terrorism suspects at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, incorrectly referred to Navy Capt. Robert Durand as “thickset.” He should have been described as muscular.”

If this photo on NPR’s website is to be believed, it certainly appears that the correction was warranted. Capt. Durand indeed looks muscular, and the connotations associated with “thickset” —  a certain stoutness or stockiness — do not apply to his physique.

Poynter’s Craig Silverman notes that the print correction is slightly different than the notation (labeled a “clarification”) placed at the top of the online version of the story. It merely states that the article “incorrectly described Navy Capt. Robert Durand’s physical build” before noting that “muscular” was the right term to describe him.

Still unknown is who requested the correction.  Did someone other than Durand himself take offense at the misguided suggestion that he’s on the husky side?

Close [ x ] More from DefenseOne
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from DefenseOne.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: Supply Chain Insecurity

    Federal organizations rely on state-of-the-art IT tools and systems to deliver services efficiently and effectively, and it takes a vast ecosystem of organizations, individuals, information, and resources to successfully deliver these products. This issue brief discusses the current threats to the vulnerable supply chain - and how agencies can prevent these threats to produce a more secure IT supply chain process.

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Information Operations: Retaking the High Ground

    Today's threats are fluent in rapidly evolving areas of the Internet, especially social media. Learn how military organizations can secure an advantage in this developing arena.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.