Monday, September 28, 2009

If It Is in the Press, It Has to (Not Always) Be True

Gloria Cooper (ed.) Correct Me if I’m Wrong: Press Bloopers As Seen in the Newseum. Columbia Journalism Review, 2008.

This is a great collection of journalism mistakes. It is a hilarious book of misprints that made their way into newspapers. Many of them are ill constructed headlines with good intentions resulting in unintended double meanings, like “Marijuana issue sent to joint committee”. Politicos will howl at headlines such as “Base closings get Bush’s OK; Congress next”. Some of them are mistakes, such as “Ford, Reagan Neck in Presidential Primary” and “Rumsfeld’s pubic role is shrinking”. This book is full of many funny newspaper mistakes and is highly recommended to anyone who likes to laugh.


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