’Twas on February 7, 2007, that I first posted about Misidentified Black People in the mainstream media.
I wish I had a better example of the phenomenon for this anniversary post, but here is something kinda cute...
The item above was printed in Monday’s Boston Globe. On Tuesday, the Globe ran the following correction:
“Because of a reporting error, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was misidentified as a ballplayer in Monday’s Names column.”
Hmm. They must’ve thought “Jerry Maguire” was a documentary.
Also, I wouldn’t call this a “reporting error” but a “failure of editing” or a “copy desk brain fart.” Somebody somewhere along the line shoulda caught that pop-up.
(Hat-tip: The reliable Craig Silverman at Regret the Error.)