Tulsa writer and political blogger Michael D. Bates is eating crow today. Tasty!
The Tulsa World went after Bates last month with a libel suit when his column in Urban Tulsa Weekly claimed that the World had doctored its circulation figures to disguise a declining circulation.
Urban Tulsa, also named in World lawsuit, quickly backed off the story, pulling it from its website and publishing a retraction in its very next issue, leaving Bates as the sole defendant.
Bates has now reached the same conclusion, writing a letter of apology to the World and admitting his circulation claims were wrong. The World has dropped its lawsuit.
Here's one meaty morsel from the Bates letter: "My research was flawed and information in my story was false and inaccurate, and I retract those incorrect statements."
A link to the World story on Bates and his letter of apology is here.