An Indian journalist has written the most sarcastic newspaper clarification we've ever had the pleasure of reading.
Here at the Huffington Post UK, we will be the first to admit that in the heat of newsroom chaos and tight deadlines, mistakes can pop up now and then. But this "clarification" by the Mumbai Mirror is on a whole different level.
Journalist Aakar Patel is well known for not being a fan of Indian politician Narendra Modi. And his column in the Mumbai Mirror on Wednesday included a wonderful letter of apology credited to Modi, in which the sarcasm can almost be seen dripping off the paper.
It was spotted and tweeted by Ashish Shakya, a columnist for the Hindustan Times:
Hahaha, well played, Mumbai Mirror. pic.twitter.com/nmsfPpOIki
— Ashish Shakya (@stupidusmaximus) April 2, 2014
We here at The Huffington Post UK tip our hats to you Mr Patel.
Other papers here in the UK have their own fine examples of questionable corrections.
Metro newspaper was forced to print an unfortunate correction recently, after accidentally claiming that Lou Reed collaborated with Lulu - confusing her with his Metallica collaboration of the same name.
In an apology in June last year, The Sun caustically noted: "In an article on Saturday headlined ‘Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ’, we stated “two flat silver discs” were seen “above the Church of Scientology HQ”. Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists."
The London Evening Standard made an eyebrow-raising mistake in an article on an exhibit on the late artist Sebastian Horsley. In a stunning mix-up, the newspaper called his former girlfriend Rachel Garley a "prostitute." The exhibit was called "The Whoresley Show."
National treasure Sir Patrick Stewart was recently "outed" by The Guardian, despite being in a heterosexual marriage, which prompted this fabulous response;
Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014