More Messages: The Spellchecker Strikes Back

Each year, catalogs the biggest, funniest and most outrageous print gaffes from the previous twelve months. This year's offering, headlined "Crunks '06: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections," sports just one Colorado item: Attention-seeking student Cassidy Grigg is acknowledged for punking national and local news outlets following the hostage crisis at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. However, a separate page gives props, sort of, to a late-breaking entry from the Denver Post that was first identified in a blog on the Sanchmo's World View site. In the subhead of its reprint of a Washington Post article, the December 3 edition of Denver's broadsheet identified outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as "Donald Armsful."

Granted, someone at the Denver Post discovered this spellchecker-style screw-up fairly early; the copy that arrived at Westword was correct. Then again, someone should have noticed, since it was on the Post's front page.

Of course, there's always the possibility that a Rumsfeld sympathizer at the Post published his name differently on purpose. After all, the poor guy really has had his arms full. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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