Maine Newspaper Typos Trump’s North Korea Threat

Kennebec Journal rolls an extra 'R'

If you want to have some fun this August morning, assume for a moment that the headline on the top-right hand corner of the front page of Maine’s oldest newspaper is in fact correct.

In this, the strangest presidential-term first year in our history, it almost makes sense that the 45th POTUS would warn North Korea of “Fire and Furry.” Perhaps there is a feline Special Ops team up President Trump’s sleeve, ready to slink into the Hermit Kingdom and unleash, at microchip-collars command, an incendiary offensive.

We’re guessing the editor who capped off this AP story for Journal readers had a pet (or two) on their mind. We also like the sound of the continue-tease at the bottom of the front-page article column, which reads: ‘NUCLEAR PAGE A3.’

The front-page typo appeared in both the Kennebec Journal, based in Augusta, and sister newspaper the Morning Sentinel, located in Waterville. The dailies are owned by MaineToday Media.

Update (Aug. 11):
Kennebec Journal city editor Susan Cover provided a statement to, saying that the paper was “mortified by the error” and that its “normally rigorous headline-proofing protocols broke down.” She added, “We’re reviewing them now to prevent this from happening in the future.”

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.