Thursday, April 1, 2010
Memorable Gaffe: In Gossip Blogger Story, NYT's Alex Williams Actually Misspells The Word "Misspelled."
Today's Styles section cover story by Alex Williams about gossip bloggers includes a section of mini-profiles, in which Williams notes each blogger's most egregious blunder in a section called "Memorable Gaffe."
Well, here's a "Memorable Gaffe" for Williams. In his entry on Gawker night/weekend editor Maureen O'Connor, he writes this:
MEMORABLE GAFFE: Took Fox News to task over a typo in a chyron (a term for the graphics at the bottom of a TV screen) identifying former the Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth as a “congresswoman.” Too bad Ms. O’Connor mispelled the word chyron in the post.
Uh, fellas? Misspelled has two s's!
The above is a screen grab from the NYT website taken this morning around 8:00 a.m.
The misspelling of misspelled as "mispelled" has since been corrected on the web version, but misspelled remains misspelled as "mispelled" in the print edition.
This sort of embarrassing mistake -- especially in the context of scolding another journalist for their misspelling -- doesn't do much to allay reader fears that recent budget cuts have reduced the quality of NYT copy editing.
UPDATE: The NYT has appended a correction to the gossip bloggers story this afternoon, addressing its misspelling of misspelling as "mispelling." Here is the correction, in full:
An earlier version of this article contained its own Memorable Gaffe in discussing Maureen O'Connor's error on the term chyron. In noting that Ms. O'Connor misspelled chyron, the article said "mispelled." What's the old saying? People who (literally) live in glass houses . . .
Posted by THE NYTPICKER at 7:59 AM