‘Washington Post’ Wins Correction of the Year for ‘911’ Boo-Boo

By: Joe Strupp

Regret The Error, that hilarious Web site that chronicles daily corrections and other news-related fun, has given its Correction of the Year to The Washington Post.

The Post wins for wrongly stating a Public Enemy song referred to the 9/11 attacks when it was actually noting the 911 emergency phone number.

“This year’s winner is without question amusing – not to mention embarrassing for the news organization the published it – in that it demonstrates a certain amount of cultural/musical ignorance,” the web site stated. “But it earns Correction of the Year honors because of what happened after it was published. This Washington Post correction inspired an amusing Twitter hashtag, which saw people come together to come up with imagined corrections. It’s Correction of the Year because it communicates that people notice and care about corrections, and because it demonstrates the participatory potential being unleashed by the Internet.”

Here is the award-winning correction:

“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.”

Okay, everyone, let’s get started on next year’s award.

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