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In 1915, Washington Post had one of worst typos in history

In Hardball’s “Sideshow,” Chris Matthews looks back on an unfortunate typo about President Woodrow Wilson in the Washington Post in 1915; The Daily Show stirs over Ted Cruz being born in Canada; Anthony Weiner meets a heckler.

The Washington Post’s famous 1915 typo

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It’s a Washington institution, but The Washington Post’s influence extends well beyond the capital. Since 1933, when Donald Graham’s grandfather, Eugene Meyer, bought The Post at auction for $825,000, it’s been the standard-bearer of exemplary political coverage–a testament to the management of the Graham family over the last 80 years.
However, it wasn’t always considered first rate. In the early days, The Washington Post actually had the dubious distinction of printing one of the most famous newspaper typos in US history. It was a 1915 article about Woodrow Wilson’s love life–the paper reported that President Wilson had been “entering” his bride-to-be, Edith Galt. They obviously had meant to say “entertaining” his bride-to-be. We’ve tracked down the original article, as it appeared in print in 1915:

It read, “The President gave himself up for the time being to entering his fiancee.”

Woodrow Wilson Edith Galt Postcard
Woodrow Wilson Edith Galt Postcard



Needless to say, it was a source of amusement in Washington. The Post even had the paper recalled.
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The Washington Post's famous 1915 typo

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