Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Khan of worms

How many times, Nation's Newspaper of Record?

An article on Saturday about Shahid King Bolsen, an American convert to Islam whose online calls for protests against corporate interests in Egypt have fueled a new wave of violence directed at businesses across the country, misspelled the surname of another American who emerged as a propagandist for Islamist violence, through his affiliation with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was Samir Khan, not Kahn.

Three decades ago, any competent front-end system could have been trained to flag "Khan" and "Kahn" in spellcheck, and things have gotten faster and happier since then. Wouldn't you vastly improve your odds by just tossing a coin when you get to that point?

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