By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
July 20, 2008,
2 a.m. - United Press
International today corrected an omission of important information
from its "crash" story about
Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon's ownership of the Washington,
D.C.-based news wire.
UPI immediately corrected its omission after being notified of
it by The Washington Continent. (See
The Continent's original story).
"Thank you for pointing out my omission," UPI
Debevec wrote The Continent in an e-mail. "It has been
Debevec's omission was made in the
Unification Church founder hurt in crash."
UPI was purchased
in 2000 by Moon, who is considered by some to be a cult leader.
"We even have to utilize the media for the sake of church
development," Moon is reported to have once said. "The church is the mind and
the media is the body, to reach the external world. We should begin that
movement and activity in the United States, because The Washington Times and UPI
are headquartered there. Once we establish our organization in the United
States, it can be expanded to the world without much alteration."
The UPI article, however, does mention "Moon
is considered by members of the religious group, which is based in Seoul, as a
messiah who is completing the works of Jesus Christ."
Moon, who was slightly injured in the crash, is recovering, according
(The writer is a former reporter for the Washington Times, which is also a Unification Church media property).