Saturday, August 28, 2010

Alessandra Stanley is Doing a Heck of a Job

Alessandra Stanley has an error in Saturday's Times. She writes:
On "Today," also on Friday, Matt Lauer interviewed former Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans and Michael Brown, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whom President George W. Bush anointed with the words "Brownie, you’re doing a heck of job."
The correct quote is "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" (video).

Stanley is famous for her errors; she once had 26 in one year. More recently her error rate has cooled from stratospheric to high. The Times has stood by her all the way. Craig Silverman nicely chronicled the errors of Alessandra Stanley last year.

I suppose it's possible that today's mistake was an editing error and not Stanley's fault; remember, after all, that when Stanley's article on Walter Cronkite had seven errors, only six were actually hers, and one was an editing mistake.


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