Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dana Milbank Makes a Sloppy Mistake. Again.

In Dana Milbank's column today, we get this:
As thousand-pound warheads pounded Libyan forces, Obama was kicking a soccer ball, seeing the sights and watching cowboys in sequins.

It was perilously close to George W. Bush’s My-Pet-Goat moment, when then-President Bush continued reading a storybook with children on Sept. 11, 2001, after he was told that the second World Trade Center tower had been hit.

It's called The Pet Goat, not My Pet Goat.

Turns out Milbank made the same error in 2008. Oh, and in October 2004.

Look, it was a fairly common error back for a stretch there. It took off in June 2004, with Fahrenheit 9/11, where Michael Moore got it wrong. But just weeks later, the Wall Street Journal got to the bottom of the matter, finding that it was a story, not a full book, and that it was The Pet Goat, not My Pet Goat.

The New York Times had made the error multiple times, but had the dignity to correct the record in early 2005.

Probably Milbank and the Post will correct it promptly!


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