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NYT Back in ‘Unchartered’ Territory

NYAfterDeadlineLogoIn the very last paragraph of a recent New York Times item, Ana Romero, a reporter who covers Spain’s royal family for Madrid-based paper El Mundo, is quoted as follows:

“On paper, [Prince] Felipe is clearly our best prepared king,” said Ms. Romero, the journalist. “But we’re still entering unchartered territory in terms of predicting what kind of king — and this at a fragile moment for the monarchy and Spain.”

As NYT deputy news editor Philip B. Corbett notes today, the correct word is “uncharted”, not “unchartered.” Even though the latter came by means of a third-party quote, he writes that it should have been corrected.

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Anthony Weiner Favorites His Way to More Trouble

Some Carlos Danger‘s never learn.

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Per a blog item by The Village Voice‘s Anna Merlan, disgraced New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is today, also, a disgraceful Twitter user. You see, he didn’t apparently realize that everyone can view – unless an account is protected – his Twitter favorites:

At about 8 a.m. today, Anthony Weiner had 27 Twitter favorites. They included some tweets about hockey (he’s a fan) and some compliments on his new-ish BusinessInsider.com column (he writes about politics and hockey).

Oh, and at least six photos of this Orange County, California woman, who goes by ParisDylan550 on Instagram and ParisRoxanne0 on Twitter.

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CNN.com Travel Article Resurrects Shea Stadium

As CNN points out at the top with an Editor’s Note, the article “10 of the World’s Most Underrated Cities” was originally published in May 2012 and has been updated two years later for another summer gander.

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On the plus side, Queens leads off the list, and still comes ahead of the hot spot known as Isfahan, Iran. On the minus side, the article text touts Shea Stadium as a great place to catch a Mets game. And that, in turn, has further upped the reader comments total:

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Press Has Field Day with 50 Cent Wild Pitch

The New York Daily News headlined it “Perhaps Worst First Pitch Ever…”

The Guardian deemed it “Spectacularly Bad…”

Deadspin went with “Horrendous…”

And the Washington Times offered up one of the best headline summaries of rapper 50 Cent‘s ceremonial pitch prior to last night’s game between the Mets and Pirates at Citi Field with “WATCH 50 Cent Throw Away His Street Cred.”

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An American Reporter in Paris

Everyone today is itching to know… What is the name of the unseen American reporter who on Monday opened a French Open post-game press conference with wrong-headed congratulations to match loser Nicolas Mahut?

On Twitter, some folks are clamoring for the credentials of the Yankee journalist (stringer?… blogger?…) to be revoked. Elsewhere, readers of Yahoo Sports, Bleacher Report and other outlets are looking to call out – by name – a reporter who went on to admit he had not watched the match in question. To make matters worse, the journalist tried to weasel out of “le fiasco” by blaming someone else for having told him that Mahut had beaten first-round opponent Mikhail Kukushkin.

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After Losing NFL Bet, Houston Reporter Chows Down on His Newspaper’s Front Page

ChronicleJohnMcClainScreenGrabThis is hilarious.

Per a report by USA Today “For the Win” columnist Laken Litman, Houston Chronicle sportswriter John McClain lost a bet that the Texans would select a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. And so, heading into the weekend, it was time to pay up; as promised, McClain had himself filmed in the cafeteria eating his paper’s Draft Day front page.

John McClain is just one last-name vowel away from exactly matching that of a certain Nakatomi Plaza action movie hero. We assume, for at least a little while, that the reporter’s Pavlovian reaction to the sight of the player the Texans chose in lieu of a quarterback (defensive end Jadeveon Clowney) will also die hard.

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Toronto Sportswriter Bemoans City’s Newest Buffoon

MasaiUjiriPicToronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery has wasted no time committing the misdeed of a local sports team GM to the public record. In case you missed it, Raptors exec Masai Ujiri (pictured) was done in today by an Instagram user and had to quickly apologize for rallying local fans, pre-Game One against the Nets, with the cry of “F*** Brooklyn!”

Here’s Buffery’s article intro:

Could Saturday’s NBA playoff opener at the Air Canada Centre against the Brooklyn Nets be any more of an embarrassment for the Raptors and the city of Toronto?

The only thing missing was Rob Ford juggling plates at halftime and then falling on to a coffee table.

In a drunken stupor, of course.

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The Tenets of Solid Journalism Get Pooped On, Again

ICNPhotoFor the love of fact-checking!

On April Fool’s, UK website Independent Catholic News published an item, complete with hilarious photo (at right), about a hawk enlisted by the Vatican to help tend to aviary security matters. On April 15, per a summary of this sorry trail by iMediaEthics managing editor Sydney Smith, The Guardian replaced its pick-up with this note:

An agency story about the Vatican recruiting a hawk to protect the Pope’s doves was deleted on the 15 April 2014 because it was discovered to have been an April fools’ joke.

As the crow flies, or any other trajectory, it’s a long way from Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden NSA scoops. Per Smith, other major outlets fooled were said agency, AFP, and the Washington Times.

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Salon Revisits the Time an NYT Reporter Was ‘Swung on the Flippity-Flop’

RickyMarinPicIn hindsight, one of the few consolations is the fact that social media had not yet reared its Hydra-heads when the New York Times was fooled by a Seattle woman’s faux grunge glossary. Can you imagine the hashtags that would have sprung from the 1992 article being exposed the following year as having been victimized by a hoax?

If you’re too young to remember “grunge speak” or if the details have become a little hazy, click on over to author and musician Tom Maxwell‘s fun piece on Salon, hitched to the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. (Shockingly, the Web archived version of the November 21, 1992 NYT piece still features the erroneous sidebar and some wrong-employer attribution for the hoaxer.) From Maxwell’s article:

Thomas Frank (now a Salon contributor) revealed the hoax in The Baffler’s winter-spring 1993 issue and explained that: “[Gag lexicon author Megan] Jasper was surprised by the various journalists’ ’weird idea that Seattle was this incredibly isolated thing,’ with a noticeably distinct rock culture. The result of this credulity was that, as Ms. Jasper puts it, ‘I could tell [the interviewer] anything. I could tell him people walked on their hands to shows.’”

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A Hazy Jay Z News Trail

TroiTorainIt started with a New York Internet radio host dissing a New York rapper. Troi Torain (a.k.a. DJ Star), speaking with a March 19 caller, claimed that Jay Z is in fact 50.

It continued with a March 25 tweet and some lazy media pick-ups before being mercifully put to rest today by New York-based E! Online writer Rebecca Macatee. From her report:

Stop the presses, y’all: E! News can confirm that public records show Shawn Corey Carter (yep, that’s Jay Z’s pre-Hova name) was born December 4, 1969. In case you need some help with the math, this makes the king of hip-hop 44-years-old — a.k.a. his actual age.

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