In January, Bates wrote that the World had lied about its circulation practices. When the World cried foul and filed a libel suit, Urban Tulsa backed away from the story and apologized, but Bates hung tough.
On his popular blog, Batesline, Bates originally defended his reporting and seemed prepared to fight the libel charges in court.
Then, exactly one month ago, Bates folded. His retraction letter is a humdinger, complete with numerous admissions of error and inaccuracy.
Our favorite line: "My research was flawed and information in my story was false and inaccurate, and I retract those incorrect statements."