New Evidence that Diana Nyad Fabricated Her Abuse Story

Just over a year ago, the New York Times issued a correction to an op-ed in which Diana Nyad accuses her high school swim coach, Jack Nelson, of sexual abuse:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly described an event associated with the initial assault on the author. It was a swim meet, not the state swimming championships.

The change gave the illusion that The Times had cleaned up Nyad’s mess. “We published a thorough correction,” editor Alicia Wittmeyer told journalist Irv Muchnick, “and don’t plan to comment beyond it.”

But the correction was far from thorough, leaving most of Nyad’s fabrications intact.
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The New York Times’ Diana Nyad Problem

The New York Times corrected part of Diana Nyad’s 2017 abuse op-ed. In an article posted last week, Irv Muchnick investigates and expands on that correction. Now the Times should finish what it started.

Last week, Irv Muchnick posted an article about the muffled change that the New York Times made to Diana Nyad’s op-ed, “My Life After Sexual Assault” (original here). Notice of the change apparently appeared nowhere but at the bottom of the on-line article. That notice reads:

Correction: Aug. 10, 2018
An earlier version of this article incorrectly described an event associated with the initial assault on the author. It was a swim meet, not the state swimming championships.

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