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Washington Post Forced To Correct Report That Public Enemy Called 9/11 A Joke

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:50 PM ET

Nine One One Versus Nine Eleven

ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper offers up, via Twitter, a Washington Post correction that addresses what Tapper terms an example of "unreal idiocy."

Let's take a look:

A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number.

Oh, yeah! That's some unreal idiocy all right! Especially considering the article in question was about Public Enemy, the band, and their work in outreach to the homeless. Such an article demands that the reporter have a least some passing knowledge of the subject.

The important distinction between "911" and "9/11" could have been made a number of different ways -- by either listening to the song, or reading the title of the song or simply noting that the song "911 Is A Joke" was on an album released on May 26, 1990.

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