The New York Times Ends Summer on a Perfect Note

On the birthday of William Shawn and Daniel Schorr, no less.

How was your final day of the summer-months calendar? We’re guessing not quite as spectacular as the one notched at the Gray Lady.


High-fives all around. When you publish the quantity of content that The New York Times does, it’s not easy to manage this feat, even with an army of editors helping out. (A rep for the paper tells FishbowlNY that in recent years, the No Corrections bullseye has been hit “a handful of times a year. I’d say 10 times a year, max.”)

Today, sadly and somewhat inevitably, it’s back to Corrections business as usual:


An obituary on Monday about the electrical engineer James L. Flanagan referred incorrectly to Richard M. Nixon, in whose last days as president Dr. Flanagan played a small role. Nixon resigned under threat of impeachment; he was not impeached.

An obituary in some editions on Monday about the filmmaker Wes Craven misidentified the film of his that featured a dream sequence that inspired his “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” It is “Last House on the Left,” not “The Hills Have Eyes.” The obituary also misstated part of the name of the university from which Mr. Craven received a master’s degree in philosophy. It is Johns Hopkins, not John Hopkins.

Update (September 7):
The Times has essentially ended the summer of 2015 on a perfect note, twice. The same rare “No Corrections” notice appeared on Labor Day.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.