The grandmother of all newspaper corrections.

It is an embarrassing part of newspaper life.
But the New York Times took “for the record” writing to the extreme yesterday when they printed a correction for a story that appeared in their paper 136 years ago.
The correction is for the name of a police officer who was shot dead during a Saloon burglary.

The Times looked a little different 136 years ago

The Times looked a little different 136 years ago

The Times originally called him Officer McDonnell.
His name was McDowell.
According to their website, the error was noticed while researching a correction to a recent article about the history of the New York Yankees logo.
I guess the editor sending a snotty note to the offending journo is going to be challenging.

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About Shaun Smillie

Journalist, with a love of bones, fossils and other things dug up. Fisherman and occasional beer maker.
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