Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Gannett News Makes an Error

It is a small one, but I think worth correcting.

In a story on Joe Biden's appearance last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Biden raises his hipness quotient, reporter Jennifer Brooks writes:
Stewart broadsided the state of Delaware: Isn't it time, he wondered, for someone to "buy the entire state indoor plumbing?"

Stewart asked if someone shouldn't buy everyone in Delaware "indoor carpeting." Senator Biden responded something like "I thought somebody already did." To which Jon Stewart replied with something about "that spring-y feeling underfoot" in the state.

I think Miss Brooks was projecting her own prejudices about the First State? I'll give her credit and assume it was a Freudian slip.

UPDATE: I sent Ms. Brooks an e-mail this morning calling the error to her attention. Here's her response:
I was in the studio and mis-heard Stewart, then got stuck in a hotel room that didn't subscribe to Comedy Central. Weak! Carpeting makes a lot more sense than plumbing, actually. A correction is already on the way to the paper. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. I'm going to go bang my head against the wall now.
Good for her! Though I don't think she should bang her head against anything. Also, I hereby strike-out and retract my catty remark from this morning. I shouldn't post before my first cup of coffee.

By the way, I think the whole exchange was really about DuPont carpet products, but that part of it got lost in the banter.

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