The hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider are all charter members of the There-But-For-The-Grace-Of-God Club, so we almost never focus on the miscues, missteps, and mistakes of others.
That said, we do have to ask this question: How in the world did this sentence get into Brian McGrory’s Wednesday Boston Globe column about Wall Street bankers and their obscene bonuses?
They believe that since they’ve paid the government back, with interest, they are free to return to their glutinous ways.
That’s the way it appeared in the dead-tree edition of Wednesday’s Globe. The Globe website subsequently changed “glutinous” (adj. Of the nature of or resembling glue; sticky) to “gluttonous.”
Two important points:
1) Brian McGrory is a terrific columnist by virtually any meaure;
2) Anyone can have a brain freeze now and again.
But in this case, how many other brains saw this column and also froze?
There have always been mistakes in newspapers and there’s no shame in that. It’s impossible to flawlessly produce the volume of content in an average daily paper.
But there are more and more of these small slips as newspapers get squeezed by tough financial times. In the end, it’s not just foreign bureaus and investigative units that are disappearing from newspapers these days. It’s quality control in general.
That’s unfortunate. The little things mean a lot, too.