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(The Week)   The year's best New York Times corrections   (theweek.com) divider line 28
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2012-12-26 07:07:19 PM  
7. Correction: "An article on Thursday about efforts by the hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen to defend his firm, SAC Capital Advisors, against a government inquiry into insider trading misstated the size of Mr. Cohen's house in Greenwich, Conn. It is 35,000 square feet, not 14,000."

Odds are the douchebag himself demanded the correction; AS IF he would be caught dead owning a 14,000 square foot home.
 
2012-12-26 07:13:59 PM  
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-26 11:00:34 PM  
 
2012-12-26 11:01:46 PM  
Correction: "An earlier version of this article misspelled the singer's surname in a number of places. He is Bruce Springsteen, not Springstein."

CSB time:
I was in a frat at PSU and volunteered to make posters to staple about town for our party.
I spelled the theme as a Bruce Springstein party and went to Kinkos. Posted them all over and had a great time while the bros scratched their heads and pissed and moaned. My actaul biological little sister me her now husband that night at the party and now they have three (3) count 'em, crotch gobblins because I misspelled the "boss's" name,

Oh, and Bruce is a dick of insufferable magnitude.
Trust me on that one.
 
2012-12-26 11:02:51 PM  

jaytkay: [www.11points.com image 351x251]

From better list


Heh. That mistake could get the paper sued.
 
2012-12-26 11:03:06 PM  
i.huffpost.com
 
2012-12-26 11:08:07 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: jaytkay: [www.11points.com image 351x251]

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Heh. That mistake could get the paper sued.


No, it couldn't. They were given incorrect information by the court and I'll bet the court has immunity.
 
2012-12-26 11:09:56 PM  
Bronies having Aspergers actually explains a lot.
 
2012-12-26 11:16:18 PM  
They have to run all these trivial corrections because the NYT is a paper of record and future historians will use it to construct views of the times we live in. I'm only saying this to irk wingnuts.

Correction: Wealth flows to the unwashed masses through the benevolence of cultural leaders. It is not created by a flourishing middle class, as was previously reported.
 
2012-12-26 11:17:07 PM  

jtown: No, it couldn't. They were given incorrect information by the court and I'll bet the court has immunity.


It could be argued that they had a duty to confirm information. In most states, accusing someone of a crime like that is a much easier tort to prove damages for slander/libel.
 
2012-12-26 11:17:42 PM  
vudukungfu: My actaul biological little sister me her now husband

explaining incest in caveman/Yoda talk makes it even hotter
 
2012-12-26 11:21:09 PM  
i likes number two. the mistake just jumps out at you. not at the copy editor however.
 
2012-12-26 11:23:23 PM  
Correction: "An earlier version of this article misidentified the beverage that Ahmed Abu Khattala was drinking at the hotel. It was a strawberry frappe, not mango juice, which is what he had ordered."

I'm still not quite sure what he ordered.
 
2012-12-26 11:33:23 PM  

Curious: i likes number two. the mistake just jumps out at you. not at the copy editor however.


In the copy editors defense it probably felt that long to him....

/Nothing like spending 3 years being forced to read puff pieces written by barely literate airheads to make ya want to go all stabby
 
2012-12-26 11:40:31 PM  
My personal favorite:

"In yesterday's issue, we incorrectly identified Joe Blow as a defective on the Police Force. He is actually a detective on the Police Farce."
 
2012-12-26 11:49:04 PM  
FTA: Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. a crypto-Nazi, not a crypto-fascist,

www.wearysloth.com
Crypto-fascist!
 
2012-12-26 11:57:51 PM  

jaytkay: [www.11points.com image 351x251]

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That has some great ones:

www.11points.com
 
2012-12-27 12:00:43 AM  
"4. "Gore Vidal Dies at 86; Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer"
Correction: "An obituary on Gore Vidal on Wednesday included several errors. Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. a crypto-Nazi, not a crypto-fascist, in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While Mr. Vidal frequently joked that Vice President Al Gore was his cousin, genealogists have been unable to confirm that they were related. And according to Mr. Vidal's memoir Palimpsest, he and his longtime live-in companion, Howard Austen, had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It is not the case that they never had sex."


I cannot tell you how much work is involved in convincing the NYT to get their facts straight.

Impudent pricks, they are.

Frustrating.
 
2012-12-27 12:53:11 AM  
Came to say the list was, at best, mildly amusing, and not even close to hilarious. This thread has serious potential though.
 
2012-12-27 12:55:01 AM  
The frappe got a bad rap when it was the juice all along! Damn!
 
2012-12-27 01:33:47 AM  
blog.ivman.com
 
2012-12-27 02:14:04 AM  
How is #9 funny?
 
2012-12-27 02:41:57 AM  
I like the Huffington Post corrections, although they have an obnoxious douchebaggish slideshow format.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/20/the-funniest-news-correctio ns _n_1992987.html#slide=1608774
 
2012-12-27 02:58:41 AM  

vudukungfu: Correction: "An earlier version of this article misspelled the singer's surname in a number of places. He is Bruce Springsteen, not Springstein."

CSB time:
I was in a frat at PSU and volunteered to make posters to staple about town for our party.
I spelled the theme as a Bruce Springstein party and went to Kinkos. Posted them all over and had a great time while the bros scratched their heads and pissed and moaned. My actaul biological little sister me her now husband that night at the party and now they have three (3) count 'em, crotch gobblins because I misspelled the "boss's" name,

Oh, and Bruce is a dick of insufferable magnitude.
Trust me on that one.


Don't learn easily from mistakes, eh?
 
2012-12-27 08:30:26 AM  
As silly and mundane as most of these are, I still like that the paper will print these corrections. In college, our student newspaper ran an op-ed piece with completely false information about the school and the school president. I showed it to the president during an interview for my radio show, he then called the editor-in-chief and the faculty adviser of the paper to correct them and I followed up with a letter to the editor highlighting the mistakes and providing corrections. No correction was ever run. When I went to one of the paper's "town hall" meetings, I asked them about this and other corrections that had never been printed, and of the letter to the editor that was not printed. They said they had too many corrections every week to print them all or even post them on their website, and the letter to the editor was too long. I'm still a bit bitter about that, what with the lack of journalistic integrity and all. This was a damn honors college and we couldn't even get the shiatty newspaper right.

/CSB
 
2012-12-27 09:03:23 AM  

vudukungfu: Correction: "An earlier version of this article misspelled the singer's surname in a number of places. He is Bruce Springsteen, not Springstein."

CSB time:
I was in a frat at PSU and volunteered to make posters to staple about town for our party.
I spelled the theme as a Bruce Springstein party and went to Kinkos. Posted them all over and had a great time while the bros scratched their heads and pissed and moaned. My actaul biological little sister me her now husband that night at the party and now they have three (3) count 'em, crotch gobblins because I misspelled the "boss's" name,

Oh, and Bruce is a dick of insufferable magnitude.
Trust me on that one.


Every single time I and my friends met Bruce here in his hometown, he has been humble and very sweet tempered. He consistently buys beers and drinks for folks, signs stuff and poses for photos whenever someone asks. He enjoys chatting with people about everything.

Obviously, my experiences are different -- I'm curious as to why you say he is a "dick of insufferable magnitude?" What happened? I've read a lot of your posts and you seem like a very smart and decent guy, the kind he'd enjoy chatting with over a beer. I'm flummoxed, Vudu!
 
2012-12-27 09:31:10 AM  
Yeah, those in The Week are all pretty lame, and it's pretty clear the guy who wrote that is just ripping off the Josh Dzieza column in the Daily Beast since he links to it right up top of his own article and bites one of the same corrections.

The best one from the Daily Beast link?

A report in the Extra Bases baseball notebook last Sunday misidentified, in some editions, the origin of the name Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver, which Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey gave one of his bats. Orcrist was not, as Dickey had said, the name of the sword used by Bilbo Baggins in the Misty Mountains in "The Hobbit." Orcrist was the sword used by the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the book. (Bilbo Baggins's sword was called Sting.)
 
2012-12-27 11:02:53 AM  
9. "Homeless Man Is Grateful for Officer's Gift of Boots. But He Again Is Barefoot."
Correction: "An article in some editions on Monday about Jeffrey Hillman, the homeless and barefoot man for whom New York Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought a pair of boots - an act captured on camera and celebrated across the country - misspelled the name of the store where the officer made the purchase. It is Skechers, not Sketchers."
Also, the man was not actually homeless.
 
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