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Simon & Garfunkel’s Lesser Known Work

The Washington Post has a unique correction today, whereby one wonders how such a mistake could have snuck through the paper’s rigorous fact-checking procedures:

A May 1 Metro article incorrectly said that worshipers at Iglesia Santa Maria, an Episcopal congregation in Falls Church, sing Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” in Spanish before taking Communion.

For the record, congregants actually sing “Padre Nuestro, Tu Que Estas,” with lyrics based on the Lord’s Prayer to the TUNE of “The Sound of Silence.” Come on, that should have been obvious to anyone–unless of course you happened not to speak Spanish and so just listened to the music….

A Hell Of A Mistake

No word on whether the Post’s Daniel Williams will be forever condemned to eternal damnation, but the Post made a religious boo-boo last week:

“Articles on April 25 and 26 about Pope Benedict XVI said that St. Peter was the founder of the Roman Catholic Church. According to the church, Jesus was the founder.”

Losing Some Pounds

The media really seems to be struggling this week in covering Tom Delay. A day after the Associated Press made repeated reference to “Speaker” Delay, the Post has not one but two Delay-related corrections:

#1: “The headline on this analysis that appeared in The Post overstated the opinions expressed by legal experts. The experts said that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is in danger of being declared in violation of House rules, but they did not characterize such a finding as ‘likely.’”

#2: “Because of the use of an inappropriate currency exchange figure, early editions April 24 understated the cost of some of the expenses incurred by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and his aide Susan Hirschmann during a 2000 trip to London. The correct estimates, based on a conversion of English pounds into dollars at the prevailing rate in June 2000, are $790 a night for DeLay’s room in London, $145 for room service, $13 for a valet pressing, $302 for a private car from Heathrow airport and $184 at a hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland. Their room bill also lists a charge of $434 for six theater tickets. Hirschmann’s hotel room in London cost a total of $3,109 for four nights, and her other charges totaled $129 at the hotel lounge, $75 from the room bar, $34 from the gift shop and $422 for chauffeured cars.”

What next? Has anyone checked whether that gun he held up at the NRA convention was correctly labeled? Was it actually a gun?

Speaker Delay?

BlogActive, whom you might remember from the fun National Press Club panel with Jeff Gannon, caught another blooper yesterday (previous mega-blooper installment here), this one from the Associated Press.

Since we rarely doubt the authenticity of the world’s largest news gathering organization, you have to wonder if the AP knows something the rest of us don’t.

Maybe Howard Kurtz was really onto something here: “Of course, the speaker of the House can talk to reporters and make news any time he wants. But how often have you seen Hastert do that? He is a classic behind-the-scenes operator, and usually so low key that most Americans probably think Tom DeLay runs the House.”

Or the other option is that the person who fact checks all media stories to ensure that they conform to the oligarch’s vast conspiracy must have fallen asleep on the job, leading to mistakes throughout the monolith of corporate media.

Our guess is the latter.


DCist caught yesterday a whopper of a mistake in the Examiner’s editorial on D.C. congressional representation.

You know an 8 really looks like a 3 if you just cover up half of it.

Ptolemy Would Be Proud

A correction from the Washington Post this morning sort of makes you wonder what they’re teaching kids these days:

In the April 10 edition [of The Mini Page, a children's syndicated feature that runs inside the Sunday comics] about Wind Waves, Tsunamis and Tides, it incorrectly stated that the sun orbits Earth.

Um, we don’t remember high school astronomy all that well, but we’re pretty sure that theory was disproved sometime in the 16th Century. Even the textbooks in the D.C. public schools are probably more up to date than that.


Note to the WP’s Style section editors last night: Today’s Monday. Not Saturday. It’s sort of hard to tell. The TV listings on C6 certainly say otherwise.

Don’t worry: 24 will be on tonight as normal.

(Thanks to DCRTV)

As If Most People Could Tell the Difference…

In honor of the opening of Christo’s Gates this weekend in New York the Washington Post’s review noted, “They’re way, way better than the pandas, pigs, cows and other fiberglass tchotchkes that have ‘decorated’ our cities over the past decade.” Amen to that.

We couldn’t help though but point you to today’s follow-up correction:

An article in the Feb. 13 Style section about the orange gates placed in New York’s Central Park as part of an art installation should have said the structures resemble giant croquet wickets, not cricket wickets.

In case you need a refresher too, here’s what a cricket wicket looks like.

Dinning in D.C.

It’s Friday night, which means that Fishbowl along with most of the staffers on the Hill has spent the afternoon trying to figure out what local watering hole we’ll frequent tonight in the hopes of spotting a) anyone remotely attractive, or b) some drunk famous person.

For planning purposes only, a reader suggested we visit the “Dinning Guide” brought to you by the D.C. Examiner. We’re not sure, but it must only cover really, really loud restaurants.

Remember: As you head out this weekend, pass along your famous media-type spottings (garrett AT mediabistro DOT com), and–always–friends don’t let friends file drunk (except on MSNBC).

UPDATE: The Examiner appears to have fixed its little typo.

[sic] E&P’s Washington Press Core

We’ve been working today on pulling together some information about tomorrow’s launch of the free Washington Examiner, but we’d thought in the meantime we’d thank an eagle-eyed reader for this typo from what our source called “the bible of the industry”:

New ‘Examiner’ To Join Washington Press Core Tomorrow

By Jennifer Saba

Published: January 31, 2005 1:00 PM ET

NEW YORK Residents of the Washington D.C. area will have one more newspaper choice to add to the growing list of dailies peppering the capitol and surrounding areas. Tomorrow is the official launch of the Washington Examiner, the free tabloid-size daily from Philip Anschutz’s Clarity Media.

It’s 6 p.m. now — any bets on how long the typo remains?

Here’s a PDF of the screenshot.