TODAY corrections and clarifications
May 29: On Friday, May 29, a TODAY broadcast segment suggested that first lady Michelle Obama proposed a healthier s'mores option. This was incorrect. The first lady is not involved in the effort. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is responsible for the campaign. The broadcast report has been taken down from the website.
April 30: After we aired a report on the book “A Gronking to Remember,” the attorney for the Ohio couple whose engagement photo was used without authorization contacted us with a clarification: “My clients did not post the photo on the Internet, including not on social media. We do not know how the photo was wrongfully appropriated before it was wrongfully published by Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. My clients do know they did not put it on the Internet.”
Dec. 13: TODAY broadcast and digital reports on Dec. 12 wrongly suggested that Pope Francis said animals go to heaven. The online story has been corrected and the broadcast report has been taken down from the website.
Nov. 11:A Nov. 11, 2014 TODAY broadcast report about the clinic where late comedian Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest included incorrect information regarding Yorkville Endocopy’s Medicare and Medicaid funding. Yorkville Endoscopy said in a following statement: “Yorkville Endoscopy has been and continues to be fully accredited by Medicare and Medicaid and it receives reimbursements for those patients who have this coverage. A corrective plan of action is currently being reviewed by CMS and it and Yorkville have been in regular contact.” The incorrect information has been removed from the online clip.
Oct. 14: On Oct. 10, 2014, TODAY aired a segment highlighting questions raised about the safety of artificial crumb rubber turf on playing fields. A correspondent made a reference in error to the National Football League having a “non-toxic” but more expensive alternative to crumb rubber turf. In fact: Of the 14 NFL stadiums with artificial turf, eight use crumb rubber turf while others use a turf that combines crumb rubber with other forms of infill. The reference has been removed from the online clip.
Sept. 30:A Sept. 24 TODAY broadcast report about soda companies pledging to cut calories contained outdated information. The video clip has been expired and removed from the site.
August 13: In an Aug. 11 interview on TODAY, Tracy Morgan’s attorney Benedict Morelli mistakenly said there are 75 deaths a day from big rigs. That is incorrect. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest statistics, in 2012, there were 75 fatalities due to large truck crashes per week, approximately 11 per day.
July 16: In broadcast stories about the man accused of breaking into actress Sandra Bullock’s Los Angeles home, we incorrectly reported that the suspect is out on bail. In fact, suspect Joshua Corbett is still being held in the Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $2.185 million bail.
July 2: TODAY.com misidentified a photo of Prince William and Duchess Kate at a tennis match as the Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov match. The royals were in fact reacting during the Simona Halep and Sabine Lisicki match in the photo that ran in this story.
June 13: In a June 13 broadcast story, we reported that Ford was lowering the fuel-economy ratings for six models, including 2013 and 2014 Ford Fiesta models. That is not accurate. Ford is reducing the rating on six models, but only 2014 models of the Ford Fiesta are impacted. The video has been taken down from TODAY.com.
June 10: In a June 9 broadcast story, we reported that New York Jets player David Nelson was bitten by a mosquito while on a charity trip in Haiti and after getting a fever and flu-like symptoms, he was tested for Chikungunya disease. That test was positive. We reported that he was quarantined. That is not accurate. He was not quarantined at any time while in Haiti or upon his return to the US. Symptoms lasted about a week and he is now fully recovered. We apologize for the error and are happy he's feeling better. The video has been taken down from TODAY.com.