- YSIGNS ABOUND of Man’s ever-increasing slide back to the primordial ooze. First off, there’s the current fiasco we call electing a president. Add in the hot debate over which public bathrooms people with what genitals should use, whether or not GMOs are bad for you, and the fact that the average American woman today weighs the same as the average man did in the 1960s, and you can surely spot a downward trend intellectually.
Not convinced? Well then, consider a printed correction in today’s Wall Street Journal, that long-esteemed, business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper published six days a week by Dow Jones since its inception on July 8, 1889. Having the largest circulation of any paper in the United States, the Journal has won 39 Pulitzer prizes through the end of 2015, with more to come no doubt. Anyway, they got the following fact wrong and apologized for it:
“An article about Burberry’s new fragrance, Mr. Burberry, in April’s WSJ. Magazine incorrectly said the bows on the fragrance’s bottles are satin; they are gabardine. A correction published Monday incorrectly said the article had reported that the bows are silk.”
So we learn, to our collective horror, that their first correction of this very important fact we all need to know contained a wholly different error. I for one, as a paying subscriber, certainly hope heads rolled.
— Andrea Rouda
Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid.