A caller today noticed something funny: The "Men in Black 3" review in today's FYI section bore the same headline as yesterday's story about the Royals/Yankees game: "MEN IN BLECCH."
"Why would they reuse that?" she asked. "It's clever and I guess it works both places, but it's kind of weird, isn't it?"
I'd say "weird" is a good way of putting it. This is just another piece of evidence that shows why it's hard for me to take allegations of coordinated conspiracy among journalists too seriously most of the time. It was a strange coincidence.
I just spoke with the senior copy editor in the Sports department, who pointed out the baseball story began with a reference to Will Smith the actor and star of "Men in Black 3" and Will Smith the Royals rookie. So yes, the Sports Daily headline was also a nod to the big holiday-weekend movie.
The Features department had no idea the Sports department had used the headline, but an editor noticed it yesterday morning while the FYI section was in the process of being printed. Editors issued a rare "stop the presses" and subbed in a new headline. About a third of the papers distributed got the new version. Most went out with the duplicated headline.
Is it an error? No -- but it made some people scratch their heads, I'm sure.