Captain *William* Trigger, not just Captain Trigger
December 21, 2016 2:59 AM   Subscribe

Poynter's Best Corrections of 2016 (previously 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)
"An article in some editions last Sunday about bars where dogs are still welcome inside in violation of New York City's health code misidentified the breed of a dog visiting a bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He is a yellow Labrador, not a golden retriever. The article also omitted part of the dog's name. He is Captain William Trigger of Ludlow, not Captain Trigger of Ludlow."
-- New York Times
posted by Stark (15 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
As long as the Captain is happy.
posted by ardgedee at 3:33 AM on December 21, 2016

This sort of thing is precisely why I work so hard to perfect a variety of stodgy British accents for reading aloud.
posted by darksasami at 4:11 AM on December 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

"An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 45 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion." - NY Times
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:18 AM on December 21, 2016 [7 favorites]

And we wonder why Fake News is thriving.

Though my favorite is the "561, not a trillion trillion." Just a rounding error.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:20 AM on December 21, 2016 [4 favorites]

The Speakeasy Underworld of the Dog Bar with a photo of "Captain William Trigger of Ludlow, 9, relaxing in the backyard of a bar in Brooklyn."
posted by pracowity at 4:24 AM on December 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

I admit that I'm a bit disappointed that the Trump Chrome extension that hosed that one reporter was the "someone with tiny hands" extension and not the "literally Hitler" extension.
posted by middleclasstool at 5:29 AM on December 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

The New York Times' queries as to whether Captain William Trigger of Ludlow is the best, best dog were unanswered as of press time.
posted by zamboni at 5:36 AM on December 21, 2016

Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, one of Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786

Ya think??!
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:50 AM on December 21, 2016 [4 favorites]

The New Yorker:

7:40am: "In this issue, Rodrigo Duterte reports on what happens when a populist demagogue takes power."
9:38am: "Correction, a previous alert misstated the author of a story about a populist demagogue. The author was Adrian Chen, and Rodrigo Duterte was the subject."

Also: holy crap, The New York Times:
Correction: October 28, 2016
An obituary on Wednesday about the pilot Bob Hoover referred incorrectly to his escape from a prisoner of war camp in the final days of World War II. While he escaped from the camp with a friend, only Mr. Hoover then flew a German aircraft to freedom; his friend was not with him on the plane. The obituary also misstated the name of the Ohio airfield, now part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where Mr. Hoover was based after the war. It was Wright Field, not Wilbur Wright Field. In addition, the obituary misidentified the Bell Aircraft X-1, which Mr. Hoover trained to fly. It was a rocket plane, not a jet. The obituary also misidentified the company with which North American Aviation, for which Mr. Hoover worked as a test pilot, merged. It was Rockwell-Standard, not Rockwell International. And the obituary referred incorrectly to the P-51 fighter. It was a propeller plane, not a jet, and Mr. Hoover did not test it at Wright Field. In addition, a picture caption with the obituary misidentified the plane shown with Mr. Hoover. It is an F-100D Super Sabre, not an F-86 Sabre. And because of an editing error, the byline for the obituary misstated the surname of the reporter in some copies. He is Craig H. Mellow, not Bellow.

posted by zarq at 6:00 AM on December 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

Correction: an earlier version of this post erroneously indicated fact checks have been "weaponized" long before "2106." While that is technically true, we have not been to the future yet and that should have read 2016. We regret the error.

Yet? . . . what do they know??
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:26 AM on December 21, 2016 [5 favorites]

Also, Bob Hoover was actually Captain William Trigger of Ludlow, a very good dog and not a pilot, nor is he a "trillion trillion imams" as we incorrectly reported. Nor does he think Donald Trump is literally a turd, although, in our defense, we could print that as opposed to the comparison he actually made.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:47 AM on December 21, 2016 [9 favorites]

She would only prefer the turd to Trump.

Well, obviously she hasn't been paying attention to Ted Cruz. I think I actually prefer Trump to Ted Cruz, God help us all...

Also, Metafilter: She would only prefer the turd to Trump.
posted by Naberius at 8:01 AM on December 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm on the email morning alert for WNYC, and today, they sent out two such emails. The second, sent at 7:50 am, had the subject line "A Trump Tower Resident Assesses His Neighbor". Inside, there was a small note:

"Correction: A previous version of this newsletter had a regrettable typo in the subject line. We apologize."

....that "previous version" of the newsletter went out at 7:15 this morning, and the subject line read thus:

"A Trump Tower Resident Asses His Neighbor"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:05 AM on December 21, 2016

While that is technically true, we have not been to the future yet and that should have read 2016. We regret the error.
Yet? . . . what do they know??

They're called the New York Times for a reason.
posted by zamboni at 7:23 AM on December 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

Buzzfeed: a different sex act, also with a goat.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:28 PM on December 22, 2016

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