The Rocky Mountain News Spotlights a Post-Apocalyptic Robin Hood

Most folks who aren't part of the print-journalism industry don't understand why a newspaper would publish a correction for an item in that same day's issue. After all, why apologize for an error instead of simply fixing it? However, newspapers pre-print certain non-breaking-news-oriented sections of oversized editions, like those that the Rocky Mountain News distributes on Saturdays. When a gaffe is noticed after the run, supervisors must then decide if it's so egregious that the whole thing must be reprinted at astronomical cost or if a We're-sorry will suffice.

The Rocky made the latter choice in relation to a super-lame May 17 Spotlight feature about the top-25 action heroes -- a filler piece of the sort the tab's been churning out with distressing regularity of late. (A search of the Rocky's site, as well as a Google search, failed to bring up an online version of the list -- an indication of how much pride the folks there take in it.) Fortunately, the goof is mighty amusing, recasting Robin Hood as a post-apocalyptic bad ass.

The correction read as follows:

The description for action hero Robin Hood on SPOTLIGHT 6 is incorrect. It should read: "The quintessential swashbuckler leads merry band of forest dwellers in brutal hand-to-hand skirmishes with the sheriff and his minions."

And here's the copy on the aforementioned page, accompanied by the above image of Robin Hood:

25. Sir Robin of Locksley: ROBIN HOOD

Actor: Erroll Flynn Action Cred: The grizzled, post-apocalyptic ex-cop is initially only in it for the gasoline, but ends up as the reluctant hero killing off mohawked bad guys in spectacular desert vehicle chases.

You guessed it: The text refers to Mel Gibson's Mad Max Rockatansky character -- and in fact, the same words appear in an accompanying Max Max blurb, which appears in ninth position on the roster. Still, the mix-up has the makings of a fine YouTube parody. Imagine Flynn, dressed in his tights and jaunty green hat, spouting British witticisms as he's being beaten to a pulp by spiked, leather-clad ruffians in the middle of the Australian outback.

Tally ho! -- 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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