As I’m typing this, there’s a big banner headline on NYTimes.com that says “Fighting Continues to Rage Across Iraq.”
Interested, I clicked the link, and here’s how the story begins:
KUWAIT CITY, April 7 — American forces took control of a major presidential palace on the banks of the Tigris River in Baghdad early this morning in the strongest coalition thrust yet into the city. Explosions thundered and thick smoke covered portions of Baghdad as the Americans entered the city center in the early hours.
Now, at this point I was a little confused. I mean, dang, I knew it was a bad week in Iraq, but I didn’t know it was this bad. Then I noticed the picture of Gen. Tommy Franks. Ah.
It was an Iraq story from April 7, 2003. Two thoughts:
- This is the linking error that every Web editor has nightmares of.
- It totally should not have taken me that long to realize it was news from a year ago!
Okay, looks like they fixed the link as I’ve been typing this. Back to the future! Which eerily resembles the past!