Soon after Andy Murray won the Wimbledon title, The New York Times broke the big news with the following headline:
After 77 Years, Murray and England Rule http://t.co/QwKUzfI0wE— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 7, 2013
For those who are (still) trying to figure out the problem with the title:
a) You are not a tennis fan
b) You must read the rest of the story
What followed was a storm of tweets and retweets on Twitter criticizing the American daily newspaper for its lack of facts or for its lack of confirming the facts before publishing of news and especially news as big as this!
The New York Times reporting that Andy Murray is English Pahahaha!— Martin McKenna (@martinmckenna) July 8, 2013
The New York Times seem to be under the impression that Andy Murray is english. That's a little bit awkward @Nytsports— Jaime B (@jaimePKbegbie) July 8, 2013
And yes, he is!
@nytimes he is scottish lol— Aaron Peters (@aaronjohnpeters) July 7, 2013
So yeah, Andy Murray is indeed a Scottish player and the enthusiastically wrong headline was changed within an hour or so but as we all know; what’s out there, (on the internet) is out there.
After 77 Years, Andy Murray and Britain Rule at Wimbledon http://t.co/foHqQKMKE8— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 7, 2013
Although the Times has made the correction, tweets are still coming in, bashing the publication for the error.
Is this what the Bee Gees called The New York Times effect on man? Probably yes.