LA Times Corrects Neil Armstrong, Lance Armstrong Mix-Up in Headline

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See a screenshot detail of the error. (Credit: Jim Romenesko, screenshot detail)

The Los Angeles Times corrected an Oct. 18 article that confused astronaut Neil Armstrong with cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The article’s headline originally read “After Nike drops Neil Armstrong: Other athletes who’ve been cut,” according to a screenshot posted by Jim Romenesko.

The headline has since been corrected to read Lance and is flagged at the top of the article with a note reading “This post has been corrected. See below for details.” Posted at the bottom of the article:

[For the Record, 9:59 a.m. Oct. 18: The headline on an earlier version of this post referred to Neil Armstrong. As the text of the post says, Nike cut ties with Lance Armstrong.]

iMediaEthics wrote about a similar type of headline mix-up involving Neil Armstrong in August.  In a report on the death of Neil Armstrong, NBC News headlined its story “Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82.”

Hat Tip: Jim Romenesko 

UPDATE: 10/20/2012 4:11 PM EST: Updated to add full text of correction.

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LA Times Corrects Neil Armstrong, Lance Armstrong Mix-Up in Headline

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