Thursday, January 21, 2010

Go South, young man

Anything sound a bit strange about this lede?

Forty degrees 46 minutes 10.19 seconds north latitude, 74 degrees 16.69 seconds south latitude: Michael Leonard had been there before.

After a few days' reflection, the Paper of Record acknowledges that no, you can't be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all:

An article on Saturday about a reunion of the passengers and crew aboard the US Airways jet that crash-landed onto the Hudson River a year ago misstated the location of the crash and the event that occurred 90 seconds into the flight. The crash was at 40 degrees 46 minutes 10.19 seconds north latitude, and 74 degrees 16.69 seconds west longitude — not south latitude.

Handy tip for future ledes: If a location doesn't make sense, perhaps the writer should be asked to point to it on a map. Maybe you kids can use your Googles for this.

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