Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Year in Errors

The blog Report the Error has the funniest mistakes and corrections made by news organizations throughout the year. You should really read the whole thing - it's that hilarious - but here is my favorite one.

The American Family Association’s OneNewsNow site has a standard practice of using the word “homosexual” instead of “gay.” They even set up a filter to automatically make the change. This didn’t serve ONN well when a sprinter named Tyson Gay made news at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. He suddenly became Tyson Homosexual when the site’s filter got a hold of an AP story:

5 comments:

Tazeen said...

Lol

The idiots must have made every 'happy and gay' person 'happy and homosexual'

Muna said...

Bubs, thanks so much for posting this. I sent it out to a bunch of friends two days ago and we're still laughing. One of my favorites was "Novak has been a columnist for Chicago Sun-Times for decades. He announced last month he has a brain."

karachi khatmal said...

a post brilliant enough to warrant a precise, one word comment emanating with the reverence i feel for this stupendous example of how the media really operates, any where in the world.

bubs said...

Muna: I'm guessing that wasn't an error as much as copy editor mischief. Like the one calling Joe Lieberman the Democratic vice presidential prick.

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