High-minded scribe Aaron Sorkin isn’t a fan of bloggers. Ordinarily, you’d think someone who loves writing so much would embrace the concept of people sitting down at their computers to add discourse to the world. But Sorkin’s issue with bloggers is about something else: accountability.
In context, his gripe seems fair: “I know when I read something in The New York Times that whoever wrote it had to be very good to get the job that they have,” he once told NYT media reporter David Carr. “But I don’t know anything about the person who is blogging online. It’s an easy job to get. Anybody can be a blogger—you just set up a site and blog. But there isn’t the same kind of accountability. I mean, The New York Times makes mistakes—Jayson Blair, Judith Miller—but when it does, it’s a very big deal.”
His characterization of bloggers is wholly unfair. But he’s right about the accountability part. The Times always seems to go out of its way to set the record straight. Like this instance in 2006 when the paper of record issued this correction: “An article on Sept. 17 about the abundance of satire in American culture referred incorrectly to an episode of ‘South Park.’ In it, the character Cartman tricks another child into eating his own parents in a bowl of chili; Cartman himself does not eat them.”
This week, we got another one. This correction about a reporter mixing up “My Little Pony” characters might just be the best small-time correction the paper has ever run:
You can just see the editor: “IT’S TWILIGHT SPARKLE, YOU NUMBSKULL, NOT FLUTTERSHY!”
Here’s thing thing: Not everything gets corrected. So what’s the story behind this one? And surely there are tons of people out there who have been lobbying for corrections just seething right now.