The Worst Newspaper Mistake in the History of Sri Lankan Journalism May 15, 2008Posted by ravana in Uncategorized.
From the children’s section of today’s The Island.
Dude. I thought I had heard everything when The Island published the words “pubic nuisance” instead of “public nuisance” a few months ago. Clearly, I was unhappily mistaken. In a bid to outdo themselves, perhaps in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record, The Island newspaper continues to astound. These poems appeared in the children’s supplement, The Happy Island, today. On the cover, we find a serene looking boy of about six years old dressed in white looking over a little golden child monk’s statue. It is a picture of serenity, in keeping with the beauty, religious piety and moral superiority we have come to expect from this peaceful island, reflected of course in the values of the newspaper in question. Love for his fellow men veritably drips from the pen of the editor.
And on the inside, page 2, in fact, we find this. Above. I am not kidding. Yes, that’s right. Children’s section. If nothing else, this justifies what Tracy Holsinger was talking about on her daytripper blog a few weeks ago. Don’t Sri Lankan editors check this stuff? I mean, someone should get fired for this, if not the newspaper being shut down. How many kids are going to read this and ask their mums, “Ammi, what’s a quick-fire dick?”. How many will insist on playing with the paedophile uncles with their teddy bears?
A call to the he managing director of The Island resulted in the knowledge that they have been getting calls all day long and that they claim that ‘someone hacked into the computer system and replaced the copy’. Bullshit. He’s still accountable. This is the second absurd gaff in the space of a few months. Someone needs to get fired.