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Not the TImes' First (or Second) TIme

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This bug appeared in a news report published by Salon.com on Aug 26, 2013 by Laura Miller. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Simple Factual Error

Salon.com has corrected a recent story (“The New York Times (Quietly) Drops the F-bomb”) claiming that the New York Times broke virgin ground when it quoted a passage from a Jonatham Letham novel containing a certain four letter word beginning with “f” and ending with “k.” The correction reads:

 “Sunday’s T magazine article was not the only time the word “fuck” has appeared in the print edition of the New York Times… in 1998, the paper reproduced the entire text of the Starr Report, in which “fuck” appears once, in the context of a quotation by Monica Lewinsky.”

The truth, according to a post on JimRomenesko.com, is that the Grey Lady has been caught fooling around with the use of the f-word in book excerpts on numerous occasions. My advice to Salon is to set the record straight but just don’t tell Letham.


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JT Cassidy has contacted Salon.com and received the following response.

Laura Miller replied to my email to kindly explain that, "the excerpts mentioned in the Romenesko story are book samples posted to the book section of the web site and did not appear in print. If you read the Book Review regularly, ask yourself when you've ever seen a book excerpted there -- you haven't, because they don't have the space. The excerpts are free bonus content published to the web only and are not edited by the Times."


Bug History

Aug 27, 2013 9:35 pm Open JT Cassidy
Aug 27, 2013 9:56 pm Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Aug 28, 2013 7:11 am Open: Responded To JT Cassidy
Aug 28, 2013 7:25 am Closed: Withdrawn JT Cassidy
Aug 28, 2013 7:30 am Open: Responded To JT Cassidy
Aug 28, 2013 7:31 am Closed: Withdrawn JT Cassidy

Discussion Leave a comment


Regarding the title: It should be Times, not "TImes" and Time, not "TIme."

Aug 27, 2013 9:56 pm

I guess I was wrong about this and I'm kind of glad because that means Letham gets to keep what the Salon piece aptly noted as the "honor of leading the Grey Lady into a new age of profanity."

I guess Romenesko was wrong about this too. I could file a bug report on the related Romenesko.com post but I kind of don't give a you know what any more.

Aug 28, 2013 7:24 am