When to yell, “Stop the presses!”

If you are The New York Times and you find out that Osama bin Laden has been found and killed, that might be a good time to tell the presses to stop running:

It fell to David Geary, the late editor on the news desk, to call the press guys — Robert Barnes, in charge of the National Edition network of 26 print sites, and Scott Morrison, assistant plant manager at the print facility in College Point, Queens — telling each of them: “Osama Bin Laden is dead. We need to stop the presses.”

Oh, and to post something to the Web:

Ms. Cooper then composed a two-paragraph news story saying Bin Laden had been “apprehended,” but she didn’t hit the send button. She thought of someone else who might confirm the report, called him at 10:34 and said, “I hear they caught Bin Laden.”

“Killed,” he responded. “Not caught.”

She changed “apprehended” to “killed” and sent the story to the desk, writing in the subject line, “URGENT POST ASAP.”

Times have changed, but when people want to know what’s happened, they still go to The New York Times – in enough numbers to make even its servers “gasp for air.”

I like that.

One Response to When to yell, “Stop the presses!”

  1. joe mostowey says:

    I used to actually read the New York times, but now I simply look at it’s headlines. I cannot afford their payment plan, and have no intention of being hit with an unexpected request for money for going over the number of free articles, I gave up my favorite columnists, ceased reading the well written articles and don’t even glance at the commentators or op-eds anymore.

    I make do with what I can afford. just as with my Verizon data plan, I watch every byte to be certain I can continue to afford to use it. The 5 gigs for 59 dollars is expensive, excessively so, but there is little recourse if I want to read as much as possible. 5 gigs is insufficient, so I often use the open net at the community college library, a few miles away, no video, no netflicks, no youtube, no music.
    I have come to despise sites like the Washington Post, and the Drudge Report, with their constant refresh, and over abundance of flash ads and embedded audio ads, which eat into my alloted bandwidth.

    I do think that the people who control the cable, wireless and satellite, who charge what the market will bear, operating under a virtual monopoly, with every player charging essentially the same thing would do well to have a meeting with Teddy Roosevelt, and see what his opinion on their behavior is.

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