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CNN’s John King Bumbles ‘PTSD’

Post-stress traumatic disorder?

Ahh, the pitfalls of TV.

Last night on CNN’s “AC360,” John King was discussing Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis‘s past.

“They knew about the 2004 incident where he shot out some tires from some construction workers,” King said of authorities, speaking in his typically fast cadence. “His dad said he had PST,” — at this point King hesitated, paused and seemed to ponder the matter: Was it PSTD or something else?

Unfortunately he didn’t catch himself. He barreled on, “His dad said he had PST PSTD from 9-11. He was never prosecuted.”

Hey Politico, No Hard Feelings, XOXO, NYT

Politico and the NYT haven’t been on the best of terms as of late. But kind of like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, friends sometimes get jealous and combative. Back in late April, Politico published a piece by media writer Dylan Byers about a newsroom on the outs with Executive Editor Jill Abramson. The Daily Beast eventually reported that Abramson shed tears over the story. Byers retweeted that news and Gawker called him the “grossest reporter” for the perceived brazenness of his RT. The NYT followed up this week by writing a petty-toned piece about the new Allbritton-acquired CapitalNY. In it, they misspelled Byers’ name.

Chances are high it was an innocent mistake and they corrected it quick enough. But today the NYT struck back with a note of politeness by issuing a formal correction about it.

 

Correction: Unfortunately we’re tired as hell today and misspelled the word “feelings” in the headline. It has been fixed to reflect the correct spelling.

 

Oopsy: WJLA Botches Ex-Mayor’s Name

 

There’s no disputing that ex-Washington, D.C. Mayor and City Councilman Marion Barry can be a bitch of a name to spell. So many ways to get tripped up — the “a” or “o” in the first name, the “e” or “a” in the surname. Today WJLA screwed it up by writing it like this in a headline on an AP story: “Marion Berry.”

Our tipster asked, “Did he suddenly turn into a small spherical fruit?”

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Farewell Letter Contains Typo in First Graph

As blog writers we’re sympathetic to typos. We’ve made them. We regret it. We know most journalists are pained to see their glaring errors. Sigh – if only we were all specimens of perfection.

But a typo in the opening graph of your farewell letter post firing?

This is the first graph of ex-DCist Editor-in-Chief Ben Freed this week. Freed was fired this week – not for writing a freelance piece as some reports and tweets might suggest – but for purposefully defying his boss.

 

 

 

Grist’s Roberts: It Was a Case of ‘White Dude Privilege Syndrome’

When Talking Points Memo published, shall we say—uncensored—comments from Anthony Weiner’s communications director about an intern. there were a variety of reactions. Maybe that’s an understatement, but we don’t feel the need to rehash the copious amount of opinion floating around out there.

Except for one.

It came from Grist’s David Roberts, on Twitter. “I dunno, and I also kinda think the intern sounds like a social-climbing mercenary hobag. I’m oddly #teamweiner on this one.”

Catch the “hobag” part of that? It didn’t go over well with a lot of people.

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Washington Examiner’s Tapscott Not a Groundswell Participant, According to Tapscott

Washington Examiner’s Executive Editor Mark Tapscott is upset FisbowlDC labeled him a participant in Groundswell, the conservative Journolist uncovered by Mother Jones’ David Corn. He sent us an email with the subject line, “David Corn got it right, you didn’t,” and asked for  a correction.

So what did Corn say in his piece? That Tapscott was a participant in Groundswell. What did we say? The same thing.

It appears we just didn’t spend enough time talking about Tapscott for the piece to be to Tapscott’s liking.

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Politico’s ‘Snopping’ Error

Politico had a story about Mick Jagger on its homepage Tuesday.

The headline:

Snopping? A journo opined to FishbowlDC, “Maybe Politico was trying to capture Jagger’s accent?” Later on, that headline became “Mick Jagger Knocks Obama On Surveillance.”

Morning Oopsy: Politico Screws Up Own Name

Messing up the name of your own publication is a no-no in most newsrooms. But Politico‘s Mike Allen achieved greatness this morning. We do take into account that Allen published his Playbook at 5:55 a.m. today. This is early — even for Allen standards. But will the high octane outlet now be available on the streets of Rome, a.k.a. “POLITCIO”?

This isn’t the first time that Allen tried to change the name of the publication. In late June, 2012, he fired off a Saturday afternoon edition of Politico Playbook. He called it “OLITICO Playbook.”

See today’s Oopsy… Read more

Afternoon Oopsy: Politico’s Goof

Looks like whoever put together Politico‘s print version of today’s paper, found in area Starbucks, took a few too many Ambien. Check out the lead headline. Above the fold.

Morning Oopsy: Suspect’s Name Tough to Spell

NBC Washington had a hard time with one of the Boston bombing suspects’ names. But 21 minutes later they corrected it and admitted the error of their ways.

 

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