People Editor Has a Rough Weekend

For People magazine news editor Stephen M. Silverman, it began Saturday when the Twitterverse started taking notice of a prematurely posted Kirk Douglas obit.

Separately over the weekend, Silverman shared the following Twitter reply to Kentucky journalist Billy Suratt:

Silverman was referring to this maybe-October 1998 item about Bill Cosby. At this rate, a 2014 “Sexiest Man Alive” retraction seems distinctly possible.

The only consolation for Silverman is that we’d be willing to bet (two questionable date-stamps) that the news editor is already in touch with Douglas’ reps for a playful Mea Culpa follow-up. If People needs a headline for that one, FishbowlNY would like to suggest a verbatim reference to this portion of the Douglas film catalog.

Update (December 2):
USA Today west coast entertainment editor Andrea Mandell, who shared a wonderful Q&A with Douglas on Monday, circled back to get his reaction to the People glitch:

“The announcement of my death is premature,” Douglas said. “I’m looking forward to turning 98 next week.”