You stay you, New York Times.
After running a story about #AlexFromTarget, the NYT issued a correction from the story and it is…quite something:
An article on Thursday about the latest Internet sensation of “Alex from Target,” a picture of a teenager bagging merchandise at the retailer that went viral online, described incorrectly a subsequent Internet posting of “Kel from Good Burger.” It was a frame from the 1997 film “Good Burger” starring the actor Kel Mitchell; it was not a photograph of a teenager in a job.
“It was not a photograph of a teenager in a job.” Well, technically, it was. It was Kel Mitchell working straight up magic during the 1997 Nickelodeon film, “Good Burger.”
This begs the question, why would you not just use the picture of Alex from Target? Was it really necessary to do another picture search? Especially a search that yielded a picture of Kel from Good Burger? It will remain a mystery.
I can just see how this went down in the Times’ offices in New York.
48-year-old copyeditor sits down at desk. Gets sent story on some snot nosed “handsome” kid who works at Target. Copy editor does Google image search for “dumb kid working at job” and picks the first damn thing they see.
[via The Verge]