Gov. Chafee took some heat over the weekend for misidentifying Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine as Raymond Fontaine in an op/ed in the Providence Journal. But it turns out it wasn’t his mistake. It was the Projo’s.
According to Chafee’s office, the piece they sent read: “…particularly Mayors Fontaine, Grebien, and Taveras…” The version that ran in Sunday’s print read: “…particularly Woonsocket Mayor Raymond Fontaine, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras…”
While the Providence Journal mentioned the mistake on its editorial page this morning, it amended that correction on the web this afternoon after a call from this reporter.
The original correction said: “In Governor Chafee’s April 1 column, “Local leaders need more power in crisis,” the first name of Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine was printed incorrectly.”The amended correction read: “April 3’s correction of the erroneous first name of Woonsocket Mayor Leo (not Raymond) Fontaine in Governor Chafee’s April 1 column, “Local leaders need more power in crisis,” should have noted that The Journal, not the governor’s office, miswrote Mayor Fontaine’s first name. Mr. Chafee’s office did not give the mayor’s first name when it sent the column.”
Editorial Page Editor Robert Whitcomb said the amended correction will run in tomorrow’s print edition as well.
“It’s an unfortunate mistake,” Whitcomb said. “As soon as we became aware of it, we corrected it.”