Funniest correction ever issued by the New York Times

President Obama announced Merrick Garland as his recommendation for Supreme Court Justice on Wednesday after formulating the best propaganda campaign possible to smear the Republican senate.

While Obama’s announcement lecture was winning over the staunch, old white Democrats of our great democracy (see photo below), the rest of us were too busy laughing our tails off over the New York Times’ correction concerning another speculated nominee, Sri Srinivasan.

Here’s how P.J. Gladnick reported it in mrcNewsbusters:

The New York Times yesterday, perhaps thinking that Srinivasan would be nominated to the high court, published a background story about him which resulted in a correction which shall live on now and forever unto the end of time in the annals of humor.

By now you are wondering what could be so funny about a correction to a story. Well, you can see it for yourself below but a warning: please put your coffee cups down now so as not to splatter the contents all over your computer screen when you read the correction:

Correction: March 15, 2016
An earlier version of this article misspelled in one instance the name of a village in India where the family of Sri Srinivasan once lived. The village is Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, not Mela Thiruvenkanathapuram.

The humor of that correction works at so many different levels. First of all, the utter seriousness in which the correction was made. Then there is the thought that somebody actually spotted the error of that village name and was sufficiently alarmed to notify the New York Times. Of course, the Times could have quietly made a correction that nobody would have noticed but noooooo, they had to subject itself to hilariious mockery by actually printing out a formal correction for all to laugh at. Oh, and can you beat the loooooong name of that town? By the fifth, sixth, or seventh vowel, most people would be completely tongue-tied. However, the article itself provides this handy dandy guide for correct pronunciation:
This village, pronounced MAY-la THEE-roo VEN-ka-ta NA-tha POO-ram, has a deserted feel…

Thank you for that, New York Times. And also thank you for providing what could be the funniest article correction ever.

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