Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Holy Crap, Times!

Ever seen this headline?

Of course you have. It's only the most famous journalistic blunder of the 20th century. It's also one of the most famous headlines of all time (along with the headlines every paper ran on July 21, 1969, and August 9, 1974*) and one of the most memorable images of the 20th century (along with, of course, Elvis and Nixon).

But apparently the Old Grey Lady is unfamilar with it. Whether it's lazy, shitty journalism or big city arrogance, the New York Times managed to get it wrong in an article about--are you ready for this--journalism history. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the correction.)

But believe it or not, they actually made this SAME MISTAKE before! And in a headline! Hey Times: who the hell you got running your copy desk, Jayson Blair?!?

* In case you're not feeling your history: "MAN WALKS ON MOON" and "NIXON RESIGNS," respectively. Not that headline writers were less creative then. The news event really wrote the headline on these two.

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