I don't typically flag routine media typos — never have, and less so these days — but this error on the L.A. Times website today seems to have bothered people. I guess it's also conceivable it wasn't a typo at all, but a case of an out-of-touch web editor not knowing that Ann is not acceptable shorthand for Anna Nicole Smith. "Screenshot was taken at 12:52 p.m PDT., Anna Nicole story was posted at 11:53 a.m. PDT -- so it's been up for an hour," says one of the readers who sent it to me.
In any case, it's fixed now. Though, perhaps more egregiously, still the best story the Times has to offer four hours later?
* Jinxed story?: An LAO reader emails that the Times' website has been stumbling on the Smith story since last night:
Donít use my name please, but hereís an even better one from my news alert last night:
Three men were charged with providing Anna Nicole Smith with controlled substances before her death, authorities said today.
The California attorney general's office and the L.A. County district attorney's office said that two doctors and Smith's lawyer, Howard K. Smith, "repeatedly and excessively" furnished drugs to the actress and model, who died in 2007.
I believe her lawyer was Howard K. Stern. Wasnít Howard K. Smith a newscaster?
Yes, he was.