And, Thus, The New York Times Maintains Its Journalistic Credibility

The greatest correction in the history of modern journalism (New York Times — the first one.)


An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show “My Little Pony” that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.

Author: Stephen LaRose

2006 winner of the Canadian Association of University Teachers's Award of Excellence in Journalism for a bunch of prairie dog stuff. Invited into the best homes in Regina. Once.

15 thoughts on “And, Thus, The New York Times Maintains Its Journalistic Credibility”

  1. The editors at The Times are too hard on themselves here. There must be 250 characters in the My Little Pony franchise.


  2. It’s a very important distinction. Your favourite pony=a solid sense of your own identity.

  3. Actually, I don’t think they were nearly hard enough on themselves. And Ada (my daughter) agrees. Confusing Twilight Sparkle with Fluttershy is unforgivable.

    FTR, the reboot has a very manageable number of characters. Eight main ponies — Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Princess Celestia (I’m working from memory, btw….). Then there’s the dragon Spike and a few recurring ponies.

  4. One of my favourite corrections of all time:

    Due to an error in transcription, Danielle Brisebois was misrepresented in US. Discussing the demands of the acting profession, Brisebois was misquoted as saying, “You have to know how to run, you have to be in shape, you have to know how to do sex acts.” She actually said, “You have to know how to do circus acts.” US regrets the error.

  5. And that’s why I always have my “Freudian Slip Autocorrect” turned on when I’m transcribing interviews.

  6. CORRECTION: In our feature, “Why She Left Him,” a woman identified in a photograph as former adult-film star Ginger Lynn Allen is neither Ms. Allen nor an adult-film actress. US regrets the error.

  7. Recipe Correction
    In a recipe for salsa published recently, one of the ingredients was missing, due to an error. The correct ingredient is “2 tsp. of cilantro” instead of “2 tsp. of cement.”

  8. Just to elaborate, Nick, I first tried to make my own salsa in Jan 1995 with my gfriend at the tyme; she loved cilantro but being a nice middle class boy from south Regina, I had never tried it before. Salsa was ready and I was so excited, then I got a taste of that cilantro and I was like, who put the dirty dish cloth in here…it was terrible. Anyway, my computer is acting up so I must go.

    The Jumble puzzle, which appeared on page D1 of Thursday’s edition, actually was the puzzle scheduled to appear today. The Jumble originally schedule to appear Thursday as well as the answers to Wednesday’s puzzle are on page E1 today. The answers to the puzzle published today appeared Thursday, and the answers to the puzzle published Thursday will appear Saturday.

    (The Arizona Republic, Sept. 28, 1984)

  10. Correction
    A headline on an item in the Feb. 5 edition of the Enquirer-Bulletin incorrectly stated “Stolen groceries.” It should have read “Homicide.”

  11. Error! Error! Error!
    We mistakenly gave you the wrong dates for the July NWEAA Fly-In at the Arlington Airport. The correct dates for this annual event are: July 5th through the 9th; NOT July 5 to the 9th, as was reported. We regret any problems this misinformation may have caused.

    (Details matter. Right Barb?)

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