The most viral media correction of 2012 combines My Little Pony with Aspergers

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Over on Poynter, Craig Silverman has served up his excellent list of the best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012. The most viral correction of all was released by the New York Times after it ran this feature, which explores how people with autism spectrum disorders navigate the the uncertain emotional terrain of the dating world. It's a remarkably moving piece — one which we brought to your attention when it was first published — but it contained an egregious error:

An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children's TV show "My Little Pony" that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.

Bronies, rejoice.

[Poynter]

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thehomeworkogre
The Homework Ogre

I knew I'd seen this somewhere before:

http://gawker.com/5873442/new-york-times-my-little-pony-correction-rocks-the-bronysphere

That's not a slam on you, Robert. I just find it amusing when the Gawker sites end up covering the exact same stuff with no awareness of one another.