An article in some copies on Wednesday about Congressional efforts to pass legislation to expand the government's electronic wiretapping powers misspelled -- yet again -- the surname of the attorney general of the United States, in three of four references. He is Alberto R. Gonzales, not Gonzalez. (The Times has misspelled Mr. Gonzales's name in at least 14 articles dating to 2001 when he became White House counsel. This year alone Mr. Gonzales's name has been misspelled in February and March, and in two articles in April.)
An article on the Street Scene page in Business Day on Friday, about the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore's entry into bankruptcy law practice, misspelled the name of another law firm that recently lost a bankruptcy specialist. It is Willkie Farr & Gallagher, not Wilkie. (The Times has misspelled the firm's name in at least 50 articles since 1958. The "Willkie" comes from Wendell L. Willkie, who joined the firm shortly after losing the 1940 presidential election to Franklin D. Roosevelt and remained there until his death in October 1944.)
A credit for pictures last Monday with an article about a reunion of the comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall misspelled the given name of the photographer. He is Yannick Grandmont, not Jannick.
An obituary on July 21 of Shirley Slesinger Lasswell, who marketed memorabilia and toys based on A. A. Milne's children's books about Winnie the Pooh, misspelled the name of the department store that agreed to let her set up Pooh Corners for children. It is Neiman Marcus, not Nieman Marcus. (The Times has misspelled the company's name in at least 195 articles since 1930.)
Monday, August 06, 2007
But Was Tori Spelling?
The New York Times ran a long series of corrections detailing misspelled names. This is one of the first things journalism teachers address. If you spell the name wrong, no one will trust the other facts you report. We have no comment on this, other than to say we're glad we're out of the newspaper business.