Here's what can happen when you publish (or broadcast) the wrong address.
A former prosecutor on Fox News as a "terror expert" mistakenly identified the house of a family as that of a terrorist -- only, the man in question had moved three years ago. Now there's a family of five living there, with terrorist-hungry drivers shouting profanities, taking pictures and spray-painting the house. The police have stationed a squad car across the street.
The family wants a correction but has not been able to reach Fox News or John Loftus, the man who gave the address. But the LA Times has.
Both have issued apologies -- Fox in a one-line statement to the Los Angeles Times and Loftus in an e-mail to the family -- after being contacted by the newspaper. The Voricks say they have yet to see or hear a correction.Riiight. National news programs are the perfect venue for that.
"John Loftus has been reprimanded for his careless error, and we sincerely apologize to the family," said Fox spokeswoman Irena Brigante.
Loftus also apologized and told The Times last week that "mistakes happen."
"I'm terribly sorry about that. I had no idea. That was the best information we had at the time," he said.
Loftus said he gave out the address to help local police.
An aside -- the story says, "Last weekend, someone spray-painted 'Terrist' on their home." That is indeed the mistake of the spray-painters, not the LA Times, I confirmed in an AP story.