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Best Newspaper Correction Ever Causes Disturbance In The Force

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on April 10, 2013

Self-awareness is everything in life, and in media, too.

Kudos to the Tampa Bay Times for not only acknowledging its trivial error, but doing it in a fun, geeky way that says, “Messed up, we did, but got this, we do.” As we’ve seen with Bronies and South Park and terrorists and hedgehogs, many newspapers take even the smallest mistakes seriously, something commendable in the era of Consequence-Free Online Media.

Here’s the best correction of 2013 thus far:

In a story on Sunday about a speed dating event at Tampa Bay Comic Con, a Tampa Bay Times reporter not strong in the ways of the Force (or Star Wars lore) quoted the moderator, Croix Provence, as asking: “Are you ready to find love in all the wrong places?” But what Provence actually said was: “Are you ready to find love in Alderaan places?” She was referring to Princess Leia Organa’s home world, which appeared briefly in the 1977 film. Regret the error, we do.

That’s how you own it. That’s how it’s done. That’s Jedi stuff right there.

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