The New York Times has an inexplicable love for the city of Seattle. I’ve documented one measure of it here, and could give other examples if prompted. But that’s not what this post is about — this is about a rare instance in which the Grey Lady voluntarily shifted focus away the Grey City.
Here’s what the Times published in its account of the Seahawks’ miraculous victory over the Packers on Sunday in Seattle:
Good quote, right? Just one problem. That’s not what Bennett actually said. Here’s Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone, just one of many journalists who managed to accurately transcribe Black Santa‘s comments:
And it’s not even like the Times lacked space on the line to tack on the final three words. This was all so unnecessary. Sure, what ran is mostly right in that it’s not technically wrong. But I think I’m more right in pointing out that something was lost in truncation.
So there you have it. The New York Times: All the News That’s Fit.
[Update: Follow-up post should be viewed here.]