A couple of months ago, I wrote about the Laacher See, a caldera lake and potentially active volcano in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The Daily Mail, a UK tabloid, published a story stating that the volcano was ready to erupt soon. Though there is plenty of evidence that the volcano is still active and may one day erupt, there is no evidence that it’s about to do so anytime soon.
The UK has some cool things (other than great museums, ancient castles, and warm beer). It also has a Press Complaints Commission (PCC), which
“…is an independent body which administers the system of self-regulation for the press. It does so primarily by dealing with complaints, framed within the terms of the Editors’ Code of Practice, about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines (and their websites, including editorial audio-visual material) and the conduct of journalists. It can also assist individuals by representing their interests to editors in advance of an article about them being published.”
Well, the newspaper was required by the PCC to delete the article because of the said lack of evidence. We need this thing in the USA. Today, the article, Is a super-volcano just 390 miles from London about to erupt?, redirects to a page that says it was deleted.