You Won’t Believe This Hilarious NYT Correction for a Muslim Activist’s Snapchat Account

May 11th, 2016 1:24 PM

On Tuesday, Twitchy and a number of other fine sites found what amounted to be one of the more hysterical corrections one will ever see and involved none other than everyone’s favorite liberal newspaper, The New York Times

In a story on first page of the National section on A9 in Monday’s print edition, reporter Laurie Goodstein wrote about Muslim leaders in Western countries actually working to push back against the rhetoric of ISIS and thus has led to threats from Islamic extremist terror group. 

Goodstein referenced one of them being Imam Webb and how he “frequently engages young Muslims over social media, whether on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, or Snapchat.” 

While that may seem innocent enough, Goodstein then referenced what they believed to have been his Snapchat username as being “Pimpin4Paradise786” (and yes, NewsBusters readers, you read that correctly).

A number of keen eyes both in print and social media noticed the error and so when Tuesday’s paper was published, this correction was included inside the front page on A2: 

Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, on of Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786.

It’s likely not surprising to anyone that The Times has had to do something like this before after a baffling blunder. On March 16, NewsBusters contributing writer P.J. Gladnick wrote of how the paper issued a correction the day prior on the spelling of a town in India that the family of federal appeals court Judge Sri Srinivasan hailed from: “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.”

(h/t: Twitchy)