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Washington Post Epic Fail: "A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number."

Original article here.
posted by sensate (43 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Good for a laugh, not for a post. -- cortex



 
BWAHAHAHAHAHA
posted by blucevalo at 8:59 AM on December 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


Yeah, but what about Chuck D and his hospitality towards entrants of some sort of Al Qaeda stadium?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:00 AM on December 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


The original article link states it is from March 10, 2006, not November 26. The original article link clearly states that the song refers to 911, not 9/11. So the Washington Post got it right 3 years ago, assuming it got it wrong on Nov. 26.

Apart from that, I'm not sure why this merits a FPP.
posted by shen1138 at 9:00 AM on December 7, 2009


Original article here.

The article has now been amended (though the error is still there):
I mean, this is the guy who called 911 a joke (Note: "911 is a Joke" is a Public Enemy song written in the early '90s and has nothing to do with 9/11/2001) and asked a generation to "Fight the Power."
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:00 AM on December 7, 2009


I've come to expect as much from Local Living incorrectly.
posted by jadayne at 9:01 AM on December 7, 2009


The original article link clearly states that the song refers to 911, not 9/11.

The part in parentheses was apparently added after they made the correction, hence the parenthetical beginning with "Note: ..." Otherwise, the correction would make no sense.
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:02 AM on December 7, 2009


[more inside]

not really
posted by poppo at 9:02 AM on December 7, 2009


Old White Men Unconnected To World At Large, this week, in the WaPo.
posted by DU at 9:03 AM on December 7, 2009



The part in parentheses was apparently added after they made the correction, hence the parenthetical beginning with "Note: ..." Otherwise, the correction would make no sense.


So you're suggesting that the Washington Post corrected an article from over 3 years ago, did not note that it had made a correction to the article at the end of it as per usual when issuing a correction, and incorrectly dated the reference in the correction as November 26 instead of March 10?
posted by shen1138 at 9:04 AM on December 7, 2009


relevant ASCII art
posted by porn in the woods at 9:05 AM on December 7, 2009


Wait, wait, you mean it's NOT the attack on the World Trade Center which killed thousands and provided a pretext for a disastrous attack on Iraq which killed thousands more that wears the late crown?
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:05 AM on December 7, 2009 [5 favorites]




Actually this is the original article where the error was made. But I do not understand why any of this is particularly interesting.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 9:07 AM on December 7, 2009


So you're suggesting that the Washington Post corrected an article from over 3 years ago, did not note that it had made a correction to the article at the end of it as per usual when issuing a correction, and incorrectly dated the reference in the correction as November 26 instead of March 10?

Woops, never mind. I assumed that the link to the "original article" was referring to the original article that was corrected in the correction, rather than an article from 3 years ago.
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:09 AM on December 7, 2009


Heh, cute mistake.

I'd have to agree with Flav, though. Thrice have I had occasion to use 911, and all three times have gone basically the same - They wouldn't even listen to why I called until they had enough biographical info on me to practically write a resume for me. Thank Zeus I've never needed to call while rapidly bleeding to death, or I would have.

They also seemed to have no idea about my location (calling once from a landline and twice from a modern E911-compliant GPS-enabled cellphone). Remind me why I had to upgrade my cell to a compliant one, if the single justification for it doesn't have access to that data?

So... Get up, get get, get down. And keep one of your speed-dial buttons programmed directly to the local ambulance dispatch number. :)
posted by pla at 9:10 AM on December 7, 2009


The "original article" in the post isn't the right one. Here's the real one. ("Public Enemy has earned notoriety with more than 20 years of politically charged music about fighting the power, challenging racism and declaring that 911 was a joke.") I'm guessing it was just a dumb copy editor's mistake to put a slash in 911.
posted by autoclavicle at 9:10 AM on December 7, 2009


Wholly Fark!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:10 AM on December 7, 2009


Just want to comment before this gets deleted.
posted by fixedgear at 9:11 AM on December 7, 2009


LOL
posted by Liver at 9:11 AM on December 7, 2009


Whoops, too slow. Carry on, I guess.
posted by autoclavicle at 9:12 AM on December 7, 2009


MetaFilter: Epic Fail

This is a very weak post.
posted by m0nm0n at 9:12 AM on December 7, 2009


Flagged as post-9/11.

Nev3r Forget.
posted by fuq at 9:14 AM on December 7, 2009


SLWaP0C is best of the web? (Single Link Washington Post Correction)
posted by beagle at 9:15 AM on December 7, 2009


I was using eBay quite a bit in Sept. 2001 and in the immediate aftermath, there was a guy in Minnesota riding my ass about a delayed delivery. In return, I gave him a bad time about it, saying "There was a bit of an airplane kerfluffle this week, which is slowing down deliveries - you might have seen it mentioned on the news."
posted by porn in the woods at 9:16 AM on December 7, 2009


While were talking about awesome things that aren't meaty enough for their own posts, here is a sign from the University of Michigan bathroom about masturbation.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 9:17 AM on December 7, 2009


Yes, something that was on Wonkette/Gawker/etc. last week is the best of the web.
posted by autoclavicle at 9:17 AM on December 7, 2009


I am beginning to hate the word "FAIL" especially when preceded by the word "EPIC"; bah, kids these days, etc.
posted by rhymer at 9:18 AM on December 7, 2009


But it's so much more convenient than having a real vocabulary.
posted by Jaltcoh at 9:20 AM on December 7, 2009


While were talking about awesome things that aren't meaty enough for their own posts, here is a sign from the University of Michigan bathroom about masturbation.

Wait, their plumbing can't handle semen? Semen isn't especially more viscous than hair conditioner. Can't they just be honest and say "wankers will be shot"?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:21 AM on December 7, 2009


"While were talking about awesome things that aren't meaty enough for their own posts, here is a sign from the University of Michigan bathroom about masturbation."

Yikes. I am thankful that my semen-related costs run relatively low due to my insurance having generous coverage for most birth control medications.
posted by autoclavicle at 9:24 AM on December 7, 2009


Apart from that, I'm not sure why this merits a FPP.

But I do not understand why any of this is particularly interesting.


it's a slow day here on the 'filter.
posted by msconduct at 9:25 AM on December 7, 2009


Got to get up. Got to get down. Washington Post wears the late crown.
posted by jonp72 at 9:28 AM on December 7, 2009


MetaFilter is a joke
posted by autoclavicle at 9:28 AM on December 7, 2009


Wait, their plumbing can't handle semen?

this is michigan wolverine semen we're talking about

you must be from ohio
posted by pyramid termite at 9:29 AM on December 7, 2009


Old White Men Unconnected To World At Large, this week, in the WaPo.

Oh DU, isn't that every week?
posted by The Whelk at 9:31 AM on December 7, 2009


Metafilter: this is wolverine semen we're talking about.
posted by jonp72 at 9:33 AM on December 7, 2009


Lemme hear ya say Ahhhhhhhhh.
posted by cavalier at 9:34 AM on December 7, 2009


Nah, they aren't any more masculine. It's probably some hormone in the cheese in the cafeteria pizza that is causing the unusually viscous semen.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:34 AM on December 7, 2009


no, that would be wisconsin
posted by pyramid termite at 9:36 AM on December 7, 2009


Not only that, but PE also issued a decree in which they wished the town of Hollywood would go up in flames. Stopping this hip-hop menace should be on everyone's radar.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:37 AM on December 7, 2009


This is a very weak post.

Can we can please can this shit? If you don't like the post it, flag it.
posted by philip-random at 9:40 AM on December 7, 2009


SLWaP0C is best of the web? (Single Link Washington Post Correction)

"Best of the web" was at most an informal slogan and has nothing to do with actual content or posting requirements.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:43 AM on December 7, 2009


You pasted the entire content of the FPP in the text of the FPP.

That should have told you something.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:43 AM on December 7, 2009


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