The year’s 9 most hilarious New York Times corrections

From The Week:

The internet has unquestionably made it easier for readers to interact with big media organizations — and that includes calling them out on mistakes. Still, you’ve really got to hand it to The New York Times. Internet or no, the paper of record has long exhibited unrivaled diligence when it comes to issuing corrections. And because the paper addresses every minute inaccuracy with the same strident gravitas, it’s often quite “funny to hear pop-culture quibbles addressed in the Gray Lady’s formal language,” says Josh Dzieza at The Daily Beast. Without further ado, some of the year’s most endearing Times corrections:

1. “Navigating Love and Autism”
Correction: “An article on Monday about Jack Robinson and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show My Little Pony that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.”

2. “Fanfare for the Comma Man”
Correction: “An earlier version of this article misstated the length of time E.B. White wrote for The New Yorker as five centuries.”

3. “Food for Hungry Fans of the Boss”
Correction: “An earlier version of this article misspelled the singer’s surname in a number of places. He is Bruce Springsteen, not Springstein.”

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.”

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