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Wrong Taft. Wrong newspaper.

Published February 28, 2012 12:24 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Just got off the phone with a gentleman who wanted to point out, politely but firmly, that Monday's column by former Sen. Bob Bennett contained a howler of an error. One that Bennett should have been too smart to make, if he did make it, and that someone on the editor's desk should have been smart enough to catch.

The offending paragraph:

I have been following politics all my life. The first Republican convention I remember in which there was a contest was 1952, when Dwight D. Eisenhower narrowly outmaneuvered William Howard Taft to win. From then until now, I have never seen a nomination fight like this one.

Eisenhower did no such thing, of course. He outmaneuvered Robert Taft, W.H. Taft's son. Bennett's memory may go back aways, but not that far back.

Only problem with my friend's phone call: Bennett's weekly column does not run in The Salt Lake Tribune. It runs in the Deseret News.

When I looked later, the error in the body of the column had been corrected in the online version of the column. I don't know if my friend was the one who pointed it out to the DNews editors, or they found it themselves.

But it had not been corrected in the summary paragraph.

My friend apologized for getting the two newspapers mixed up. He reads them both, he said.

So, he asked, do you have a phone number for the appropriate personage at the Deseret News so I can call them?

No, actually, I don't. And I can't find one printed anywhere in their newspaper. Except for a fax number to send letters to the editor.

I guess they don't want anyone bothering them over Joshua Bell's invention.

Note: Now that I have poked fun at the DNews for such an error, the fates will demand that a similar goof appear in the Salt Lake Tribune's opinion pages sometime very soon. Keep an eye peeled.