Thursday, July 24, 2008

Correction: Billions, schmillions

“A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you are talking real money,” goes a famous quote attributed to Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen, the late, gravel-voiced Republican leader from Illinois.

The quote, which actually may not have been uttered by the great man, came to mind this morning when several sharp-eyed readers noted that I incorrectly stated here the price paid for the Minneapolis Star Tribune when McClatchy bought it in 1998. The value should be $1.2 billion, with a B. Not $1.2 million, as I originally wrote it.

Thanks to all of you who were kind enough to write in. This proves conclusively the value of copyeditors, if ever there were any doubt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're joking about that vile old gasbag Dirksen being a "great man." right?

4:47 AM  
Blogger Davisull said...

Clearly that doubt does not bother the minds of the current management of The Wall Street Journal

3:13 PM  

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