Best WaPo Screw-Up
Public Enemy quoting snafu
“A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number.” Poor Akeya Dickson, the editorial aide at the Washington Post who wrote the article that included the baffling pop-culture faux pas. The real guilty party? Maria Henriques, a veteran copy editor at the Post. According to the Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander, Henriques wasn’t familiar with Public Enemy. Sure, this could be an opportunity to lament the decline of Post copy standards, given the huge budget cuts made at the Post and the mass exodus of editors, but it’s also an opportunity for a hearty chuckle. So what’s next? A story in the Style section that claims NWA thought the moon landing was a hoax? Or maybe that Tupac was a Holocaust denier? Either would still be more readable than a Sally Quinn column.