In Kentucky, the newspaper Lexington-Herald-Leader missed an important breaking news story. While the rest of the media were all over it, they just somehow failed to notice that anything was going on. Of course, that might be forgiven once you realize that Kentucky was sooooo far away from the 1960s civil rights movement. Several decades later, they finally summoned up the courage to come clean:
It has come to the editor's attention that the Herald-Leader neglected to cover the civil rights movement. We regret the omission.
Yup. A 22 word "regret" for failing to notice that the US civil rights movement was going on. Racism: alive and well in Kentucky. Story from Regret The Error, a brilliant Web site covering media errors, omissions, and corrections.
The last link above was to their list of worst errors of the year. On a more amusing note, my favorite was probably the story by Yahoo!, with the following choice quote:
With its highly evolved social struture of tens of thousands of worker bees commanded by Queen Elizabeth, the honey bee genome could also improve the search for genes linked to social behavior.
Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day.
There are plenty more gems out there. Have fun!