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Pundits Agree: National Media Can’t Get LA Mayoral Spellings Right

Hey Angelinos? Did you cast a vote on Tuesday for Wendy Gruel?

That’s of course not how you spell either Angelenos or Wendy Greuel. But as Daily News reporter Kevin Modesti and LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick respectively note, that’s the way CNN.com and the New York Times had these two items written.

The since-corrected smudge in NYT west coast reporter Jennifer Medina‘s piece is, quite frankly, tantalizing. If Greuel’s last name were indeed more closely aligned with an oatmeal breakfast, just imagine the Oliver Twist-like campaign slogans she could be readying for her May runoff with Eric Garcetti:

“You say you want MORE from your LA Mayor? Vote for Gruel and you can always count on getting MORE.”

Having made our own fair share of proper-name mistakes, we can understand how easy it would be for Greuel to become Gruel.

[Photo courtesy Los Angeles Controller's Office]

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