Many Bay Area newspaper readers woke up Wednesday to headlines saying that 12 miners trapped in a West Virginia coal mine were alive. The story was dead wrong. Here’s how the San Jose Mercury News explained the error. At the SF Chronicle, reader representative Dick Rogers said his paper was caught in a “time trap.” And this editor’s note was published by the Contra Costa Times. The LA Times said reporters relied on credible sources, as did the relatives of the miners.
Local papers report miners survived
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