The Houston Chronicle, like just about every other North American media outlet, spent a lot of time reporting on Anna Nicole Smith this past year. In attempting to explain her, um, humble origins, the paper gave itself a measure of comeuppance. And that’s what makes it the typo of the year.
A photo caption in the paper read:
When Redding, a longtime scout for Playboy, discovered Smith, the model could barely right a sentence…
Who’s illiterate now?
The Year in Media: Errors and Corrections
This just underscores the point of Marisa Palmieri's post in the ASBPE Cleveland blog: Photo editing is an important part of overall editing.