The best newspaper corrections of the year. “This American Life” with another unforgettable show. And the soccer goal of the year



It’s become a little bit of a tradition here on Wide World of Stuff to take a look at my favorite year-end list of them all: The best (and w0rst) newspaper corrections of the year.

It’s the journalist in me that loves these so much (like the poorly worded headline above), because like every reporter known to man, I’ve made a few mistakes that warranted corrections. Of course I never found them funny at the time, but when they happen to other people? Well, that’s comic gold, as the movie reviewers say.

Here’s the complete list compiled by the great “Regret The Error” blog, but below are a couple of my favorites from the last 12 months:

From “The Australian” daily newspaper:

Due to a production error, a quote attributed to Lieutenant Colonel Ghulam Jehlani Shafiq in a report in The Weekend Australian on Saturday (“Afghanistan battles scourge of corruption”, page 16) was altered to change its meaning. Colonel Jehlani did not say: “It’s not like 25 years ago. I was killing everybody.” In fact, he said: “It’s not like 25 years ago I was killing everybody. At that time too we tried not to have civilian casualties.” The Australian apologises for the error.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

C.W. Nevius’ column about Most Holy Redeemer banning drag queen performers incorrectly stated that entertainer Peaches Christ appeared at an event at the church’s hall with a dildo shaped like a crucifix. He did not appear at the event, nor does he use the prop.

And from the Suffolk Journal in Suffolk, Mass.:


**I could rave about “This American Life” on NPR just about every week on the blog. I take for granted how terrific the program is, and how intelligent, sweet, haunting and thought-provoking it is; it’s truly the best hour of radio anywhere.

Last week’s show was particularly awesome; entitled “This week,” Ira Glass and Co. did something darn-near impossible: Produced, on the fly, a show dealing only with events that happened in the past seven days. So they were producing, reporting, and compiling all at the same time.
There are tiny stories on here, like the shuttle bus driver at an airport finally retiring after 128,000 loops to and from the parking lot, or about a group in New Orleans called “No AIDS” that goes to bars in the city offering free HIV testsBut there are also huge stories on here, like a “live” report from a journalist nearly killed in Afghanistan, who is intent on going back for more.

Really, it’s a wonderful show; listen to it here or download the episode on iTunes.

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**Finally, I only seem to pay attention to soccer when there’s an amazing goal scored somewhere in the world. Was reading this cool compilation of the best sports moments of 2012 when I stumbled upon this incredible score by a Serbian soccer played named Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Maybe one of the best goals ever.


One response to “The best newspaper corrections of the year. “This American Life” with another unforgettable show. And the soccer goal of the year

  1. It was a pretty good goal, but he’s actually Swedish, despite his Slavic sounding name!

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