URI corrects “misinformation” in news release about professor’s book
The University of Rhode Island this afternoon issued a revised news release about a professor’s book, acknowledging that its earlier release contained misinformation.
Here’s the revised release in its entirety:
In a recent press release regarding the publication of Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Co-Pilot Ordered to Kill Him, we incorrectly stated that the subject of the book, Capt. Werner Goering, was the nephew of the Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering.
The book contains a surprise ending in which it is revealed that Werner Goering was not, in fact, related to the Nazi reichsmarshall, though U.S. military forces and the FBI believed that to be the case at the time.
The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Communications and Marketing did not receive an advance copy of the book and was not made aware of the surprise ending, resulting in a factually incorrect press release.
We at the University of Rhode Island take our credibility seriously and regret that our press release was misleading. Steps are being taken to ensure it does not happen again in the future.