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L.A. Times: “MCain” Has to Position Himself for Conservatives

Filed under: 2008 Election,Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 12:15 pm

The top story in the L.A. Times today is titled Obama is shifting toward the center. It has this interesting passage:

Eddie Mahe, a McCain supporter and former GOP official, said that MCain has to position himself for conservatives “in a way that provides them a motivation and incentive to vote.”


I’m always hesitant to point out typos in newspaper articles, because (like virtually all writing) my blog certainly has its share of typos.

But I always wonder what’s going on when these typos appear in the splashy lead article of the front page of the Sunday edition. That’s the article that, you’d think, gets top attention from those four experienced Times editors.

Maybe they overlooked spelling errors because they were too busy making sure all the relevant facts were included?

Nope, that’s not it . . .

UPDATE: It was actually yesterday’s lead story. How did I get that wrong? I trusted the L.A. Times! Currently, the website’s print edition page has an image of the front page for June 29, under a caption that reads: “Page one from today’s paper of June 30, 2008. (PDF file).”

UPDATE x2: It’s even more screwed up than that. It has an image of the front page for June 28 (yesterday). But if you click on it, you get an image for June 29 (today). And it’s labeled as an image for June 30 (tomorrow).

I’m thinking they don’t have four experienced Times editors checking the web page.

12 Responses to “L.A. Times: “MCain” Has to Position Himself for Conservatives”

  1. I’ll modify my “LA Time = Nat’l Enquirer” to read “LA Time < Nat’l Enquirer”
    Entertaining? Yes. Serious? No.

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  2. I think you are in error here. The article seems to be suggesting that both candidates are running to the center. The top half is about Obama, and the bottom is about McCain.

    Just skimmed it though. Could be wrong.

    Kevin (834f0d)

  3. I have to admit I wish spell-checkers didn’t have any names in the default database. I can add all the crazy words I like, I can add names I really use… but for a newspaper, you’re going to be adding new names daily, and there’s crazy spellings all over the place. But if there’s a rapper named ‘MCain’ or something – then that name isn’t going to turn up as ‘possibly erroneous.’

    And (for some odd reason) it seems like the people who come to the attention of the newspaper have disproportionately odd freaking names. Punctuation-in-name, weird-capitalization, “God”, whatever.

    Al (b624ac)

  4. I’ve heard that there are 20+ ways to spell the name of the long-time leader of Libya.

    But a mistake like this is just another example of the multiple layers of fact-checking going on at the MSM…

    Drumwaster (5ccf59)

  5. Actually, it says “Page one from today’s paper of June 29, 2008. (PDF file).”

    Otherwise, it would be tomorrow’s news, today.

    I also noticed the Sunday edition costs $1.50!!! Holy moley! I haven’t purchased it since it was 50 cents for Sunday.

    ManlyDad (75cbfe)

  6. Actually, it says “Page one from today’s paper of June 29, 2008. (PDF file).”

    Click the link and see what it says. I cut and pasted it.

    Patterico (cb443b)

  7. Ah, here’s the problem. See the second update. The small image is for yesterday. Click on it, and get an image for today. And it’s all labeled as an image for tomorrow.

    Patterico (cb443b)

  8. Oh, MCain! Duh, sorry :).

    Kevin (834f0d)

  9. A quick google search of “mcain” shows a lot of places using that spelling.

    Sean (22ffd8)

  10. That’s $1.50, plus sales-tax (Thank you, Gov. Pete Wilson – moron).

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  11. Barack Hussein Erroneous would never be subjected to such mistakes. Emporer Erroneous.

    Vermont Neighbor (31ccb6)

  12. Perhaps “MCain” was a reference to young San Francisco Giants righthander Matt Cain.

    Cain is one of my favorite players, but according to ESPN The Magazine, his progress as a top-flight MLB pitcher has been slowed due to (according to an anonymous clubhouse source) his trying to ‘keep up with’ teammate Tim Lincecum, whose rise from the minor leagues early last year to obvious All-Star selection this year (and the cover of the next Sports Illustrated) has been dizzyingly rapid.

    If that is an accurate depiction of his mental makeup, I wouldn’t vote for Matt Cain to be POTUS either.

    L.N. Smithee (b048eb)

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