Saturday, November 26, 2016

CNN's Castro Obituary Blunder

CNN has fixed its copy by now, but in its initial reporting on the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, it included a subjunctive phrase that will prove embarrassing. Noting that Castro had survived the administrations of eleven American presidents and outlived six of them, it added (in triple brackets) "NOTE: change to seven if George H.W. Bush dies before Castro."
It's common that obituaries are prepared well in advance of the deaths of their subjects, but that doesn't mean they need not be reviewed by editors before publication.

Hat tip to Twitter user Andrew Klavan.

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