Former Bloomberg scribe Edwin Chen doesn’t have soaring expectations or disdain when it comes to Washington media. After all, he once walked among them as a former White House Correspondent.
But since leaving journalism, he has been appalled over seeing media outlets butcher the name of the organization for which he works. It’s the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council. What the f&@k is so hard about that?
In October 2011 he blasted for WaPo for getting the name wrong — twice — in one story. This morning Chen was once again miffed to see that both the front page of the print version as well as the online story got it wrong. “Deja vu all over again…except worse,” he remarked over email, accentuating the mistake’s PAGE ONE status.
The error was first noticed last night around 10 p.m. by a National Resources Defense Council employee — oh we’re just kidding. It’s, of course, the NATURAL Resources Defense Council.
Chen told FishbowlDC: “The mistake (in our name) is forgivable,” said Chen. “But we feel less charitable, naturally, toward the fact that the story neglected to mention all the good work that we, the NATURAL Resources Defense Council, and many of our allies, do in behalf of minorities everywhere.”
Sometimes there really are happy endings.
WaPo issued a correction shortly after Chen told them about it this morning. They wrote, “Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentifed the Natural Resources Defense Council as the National Resources Defense Council. This version has been updated.”
Chen rejoiced, saying, “They fixed after I reached out this a.m. to Marty Baron, the new exec. editor of thePost — an old LAT colleague of mine and a great guy.”