April 23, 2004
HOW LAME IS THIS?
Thursday's New York Times misidentified GOP Senate candidate Pete Coors as a Ku Klux Klan member who murdered a black sharecropper. . . .
The Times story concerned a federal court decision upholding Louisiana resident Ernest Avants' 2003 conviction in the slaying.
The story indicated the accompanying photo was of Avants. But the picture actually was of Coors on the day the Golden beer baron announced he was running in Colorado's open Senate race.
In related news, over 200 million Americans were misidentified as people who trust the New York Times. [Above quote expanded from original post to make the nature of the misidentification clear.]
UPDATE: Ryne McLaren comments: "Funny how the media seldom makes these sorts of mistakes with Democrats."
ANOTHER UPDATE: But wait, there's more:
NOTE TO EDITORS : n04-059
Columbia Crew Mistakenly Identified As Iraqi War Casualties
Many news organizations across the country are mistakenly identifying the flag-draped caskets of the Space Shuttle Columbia's crew as those of war casualties from Iraq.
Editors are being asked to confirm that the images used in news reports are in fact those of American casualties and not those of the NASA astronauts who were killed Feb.1, 2003, in the Columbia tragedy.
An initial review of the images featured on the Internet site www.thememoryhole.org shows that more than 18 rows of images from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware are actually photographs of honors rendered to Columbia's seven astronauts.
News organizations across the world have been publishing and distributing images featured on the web site.
Sheesh. And these guys are dissing weblogs for inaccuracy?