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February 7, 2016

Surnames Victimized at Lautenberg Funeral

Those who bemoan the death of accuracy in the media must feel vindicated by the gaffe-filled news coming out of the funeral of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.

In a White House pool report of the event, Herb Jackson, the Washington correspondent of the The Record of Bergen County, N.J., points out that at least one fellow lawmaker’s proper name did not survive the program editing process.

“Sen. Al Franken’s name is spelled Franklin,” Jackson notes.

Too bad Jackson is culpable of the same sin — not just once, but twice.

In the preceding paragraph of the pool report, Jackson flubs the featured entertainment’s name (“That’s followed by music by Brian Stokes Mmitchell”) and stumbles again when referring to the former FLOTUS-turned-secretary of State (“The next speakers are former Secretary of State Hillary Rodhman Clinton …”).

Here’s hoping the printed word survives to fight another day.

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  • Progressive Republican

    Oof. I wish James Kilpatrick were still alive for comment in his “Writer’s Art” column. I would love to read what he’d say about this.

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