The Best Media Errors of The Year


By Chris O'Shea Comment

Regret the Error, now housed at Poynter, has published the best media errors and corrections, and there are plenty of good ones listed. The Typo of The Year is “Obama/Osama,” because when Osama bin Laden was killed, Obama bin Laden was too. Sadly, we hear Michelle Osama remains at large.

The Error of The Year was the incorrect report that Gabrielle Giffords had been killed when she was shot. For a detailed breakdown of how that spread like wildfire, check here.

Perhaps the best (worst?) mistake came from The Charlotte Observer. It had the honor of having to issue this correction:

A front-page story in some editions Monday incorrectly referred to Osama bin Laden as Obama. In the same story, a photograph cutline wrongly said two aircraft hit the same tower of the World Trade Center. The planes hit different towers.

That’s one hell of a mistake.