In 2014, journalists produced a number of solid blunders and fails. That’s bad news for industry esteem, but great news for lovers of hilarious corrections. Here are some of our favorites from the past year:
The Economist, Drug Legalization: The magazine’s collective memory gets hazy when attempting to recall the finer details of their push for drug legalization.
Great Economist correction: pic.twitter.com/VBtrxkdafq
— Emily Babay (@emilybabay) February 9, 2014
New York Times, Dick Cheney: An amazing error that speaks volumes about the Bush years.
New York Times, Kimye Butts: In a story titled “Fear of Kim Kardashian’s Derriere,” the Grey Lady cites a fake interview where Kanye West compares his butt to the infamous butt of his wife.
Mumbai Mirror, Narendra Modi: Sarcasm!
Hahaha, well played, Mumbai Mirror. pic.twitter.com/nmsfPpOIki
— Ashish Shakya (@stupidusmaximus) April 2, 2014
NPR, Cow Farts: In a story about gassy cows and climate change, NPR “ended up on the wrong end of cows.”
New York Times, “Good Burger”: In which the Times made it embarrassingly obvious their newsroom is unfamiliar with the 1997 film classic, “Good Burger.” (Plus, a bonus #teen error!)
Vox, Barry Manilow: While cataloging the slew of celebrities who appeared on Stephen Colbert’s final show, Vox confuses old white man Barry Manilow for old white man Rod Stewart.
New York Times, Gershwin grammar gaffe: Gershwin 101.
Courier-Mail, Birth Announcement “Retraction”: Let’s end on a heartwarmer. Well done, Bogert clan!
Best Birth Announcement ever. Today’s CM. What a wonderful family. pic.twitter.com/Zz4NkssKHD
— Lisa Dart (@frostyagnes) December 2, 2014