Today’s Page Six features an unusual phrase rarely seen in its home paper: "The Post regrets the error."
The normally biting gossip column regrets its report from March 25 that Cashmere Mafia creator Darren Star had "swiped" the premise for his ABC show from his former Sex and the City collaborator (and Observer alum) Candace Bushnell, who was developing her book Lipstick Jungle into a very similar show for NBC. (The March 25th item is cached here.) Today, the Post says:
What’s all the more unusual is that they don’t correct their original item from April 30, 2007 (referenced in the March 25th item) that stated:
Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke had reported on the shows’ related origins as far back as January 9, 2007, but the story went wide in a New York Times ‘Style’ article about Ms. Bushnell’s show on October 21, 2007 in which reporter Allen Salkin wrote that after selling her pilot to NBC, "[Ms. Bushnell] remembers thinking: I’m so surprised Darren hasn’t called me." Salkin continued:
The schism was also mentioned in Sara Vilkomerson’s Observer story "Carrie’s Sister" from January 29, 2008.
So, why the correction now?