Erroneous paragraph from yesterday's obituary:
<< Writing in Rolling Stone and other publications, Thompson became a counterculture hero at the height of the Watergate era, and President Nixon once said he represented "that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character." >>
Umm...nooooo...try that again, AP. Ahem:
Corrected version, currently online:
<< Thompson was a counterculture icon at the height of the Watergate era, and once said Richard Nixon represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character." >>
You just know some hardworking (but young) editor at AP looked at the original copy, said, "that can't be right," and "corrected" it into version one above, don't you?
93 93/93 -- AJ
EDIT: Because this one is spreading like wildfire, here's the proof (besides AP's own (silently) corrected text, which I found on AOL):
"...it is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character almost every other country in the world has learned to fear and despise."
-- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail 1972 (1973), on page 416, bottom of the page, 1st Warner Books edition 1983.