The New York Times corrects an error, 161 years late

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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Solomon Northup, from his memoir.

The New York Times prides itself on correcting all significant errors. And it’s now clear there is no statute of limitations. Following the Academy Awards the other week, it published this:

An article on Jan 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir “12 Years a Slave” became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as “a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.”)

An impressive entry – and probably wins a place in “Sows and pigs”: the Internaut list of the greatest 10 newspaper corrections of all time.

 

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2 Responses to “The New York Times corrects an error, 161 years late”

  1. charon lessing Mar 14 2014, 2:47pm

    Now note the new error... Solomon vs Solmon in the image caption....
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    • Toby Manhire Mar 14 2014, 11:47pm

      Obviously, Charon, that was a deliberate error! (creates diversion, runs, hides, meekly apologises)
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