Saturday, March 10, 2007

MBP of the Week: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Well how about this? This week’s Misidentified Black Person is not a basketball player! He’s a big-city police chief.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune published the following correction yesterday:

Riley not in photograph: A photo caption in some Thursday editions incorrectly identified New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley as one of three people pictured in a wooded area of Algiers where skeletal remains were found.”

But hey, it still happens to basketball players too... even now that it’s tournament time. I thank the reader who pointed out that the Associated Press yesterday misidentified Arkansas Razorback guard Patrick Beverley in this photo caption, labeling him Sonny Weems (a Razorback forward).

The AP hasn’t yet run a correction.

Thanks also to Irin Carmon, who pointed out that New York magazine’s website yesterday posted the wrong picture alongside a brief interview with rapper Juelz Santana. The correction reads:

“The item was initially accompanied by a photo of the rapper Fabolous.... We regret the error.”

Good looking out, people.

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