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Some recent AP mistakes January 27, 2006

Posted by Brian in Uncategorized.
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I love catching mistakes by the Associated Press. Granted, it’s not difficult since there seems to be at least one every hour, but obviously I don’t spend that much time looking at every headline and every story.

But the following were very easy to spot.

I am a big fan of the AP NewsFlash on NJ.com and I check the site quite frequently during the day for breaking news and interesting stories. This set of technology headlines caught my eye yesterday:
As you can see, the story sent at 5:45 a.m. has the headline U.S. scientist intangled in stem cell scam. A few hours later, the AP remembered how to spell and sent the story again at 9:15 a.m. with the corrected headline, U.S. scientist entangled in stem cell scam.
As you can see, the story sent at 5:45 a.m. has the headline U.S. scientist intangled in stem cell scam. A few hours later, the AP remembered how to spell and sent the story again at 9:20 a.m. with the corrected headline, U.S. scientist entangled in stem cell scam.

The other day, a big story in the sports world was that Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, was against a movement to retire baseball great Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 throughout professional baseball, as they did for her father

All day I had seen stories about Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, saying she did not agree with a movement to retire Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 throughout Major League Baseball, as they did for her trailblazing father in 1997.

So it was a bit odd when I saw this headline on Newsflash:
Retire Clemente's numberNow, wait a minute. Did she change her mind? Of course, she didn’t. The AP headline writer just screwed it up because he or she failed to see the word “not” in the lead, as you can see in the actual story:
NEW YORK (AP) — The daughter of Jackie Robinson thinks Major League Baseball should not retire Roberto Clemente's No. 21, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. The Hispanics Across America advocacy group wants Clemente's number set aside the way the late Robinson's No. 42 was nine years ago. But Sharon Robinson said that honor should remain for her father only.

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