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Home --> Humor --> Media Goofs

Media Goofs

Despite the best efforts of diligent armies of proofreaders, plenty of slip-ups and mistakes find their way into print. Some of these goofs turn out to be quite amusing, and a few have achieved legendary status.

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Green bullet Technical glitch on CNN web site revealed obituaries for several famous but not-yet-dead people.

Green bullet Newspaper reporter falls for the old "funny name" gag.

Green bullet Captioning glitch on national TV news program transforms an "enlarged prostate" into something considerably more exciting.

Green bullet Urban legends TV show falls for joke about Blackbeard's using a nursery rhyme to recruit fellow pirates.

Red bullet Photograph from FOXNews web site depicting the New York City skyline the morning after the 2003 North American blackout includes a view of the World Trade Center towers.

Green bullet During an interview with CORE national spokesman Niger Innis, MSNBC displayed a graphic identifying him as "Nigger Innis."*

Green bullet The New York Times issued an unusual correction to the obituary of photographer Marvin Smith.

Green bullet An Associated Press dispatch mistakenly sent out to newspapers included home phone numbers for hundreds of well-known sports figures.

Green bullet A 'Dear Abby' advice column was pulled because it included a letter taken from an episode of The Simpsons.

Green bullet Urban Myth board game falls for joke about Blackbeard's using a nursery rhyme to recruit fellow pirates.

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