Funny and Not Newspaper Mistakes posted its end of the year 2009 list of greatest mistakes recently. Here’s a short one that seemed apropos:

Best Geographical Error

The Justice (Brandeis University):

The original article provided the incorrect location of New York University’s new institution. It is in Abu Dhabi, not Abu Ghraib.

and then there’s this not-funny one:

Best Hoax

The Sun (U.K.) reported in a front page story that several famous Jews were being targeted by Muslim extremists. Later, it published an article noting that it had fallen for a hoax:

A PHONEY terrorism “expert” has confessed to duping newspapers and a senior politician. Glen Jenvey has admitted making up stories about Islamic fundamentalism, including a faked list of prominent Jewish “targets”, which included Lord Alan Sugar.

He revealed his scheming in an interview with BBC reporter Tom Mangold, aired on Sunday’s edition of Donal MacIntyre’s Radio Five Live show.

Jenvey told how he fabricated the list of Jewish targets by posing as a fundamentalist on an extremist website where he urged others to suggest names. He then leaked the made-up list to a trusted news agency, used by The Sun, and online forum was wrongly accused of being used to prepare a backlash against UK Jews.

Jenvey – who had been described as “an extremely capable and knowledgeable analyst” by Tory MP Patrick Mercer – said: “I’m fully responsible for the story. The Sun was deceived …

and a funny one totally unrelated to the content of this blog:

Hamilton Spectator (Canada):

A story Saturday about Home Hardware signing on with Jim Balsillie’s bid to bring an NHL team to Hamilton got the number of people employed by the chain wrong. Home Hardware has 18,000 workers, not six million. We apologize for the error.


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