Mistake means New York Times series debuts early in Las Vegas Sun

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A star-crossed New York Times story is back on the Las Vegas Sun’s website Monday morning. The Sun published the story early, then said it pulled it. You can see it now with a timestamp of 3:22 p.m. on Sunday, and many notes to editors at New York Times News Service clients:

New York Times editor Carolyn Ryan may have inadvertently caused people to notice the goof by praising an imminent new series.


Then Ryan said she was headed home to watch “Homeland.” Less than an hour and a half later, BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski found a summary of the series on the Las Vegas Sun’s site.

Dylan Byers wrote about the Times scooping itself for Politico Sunday night.

That story, the one Ryan had presumably been referring to, had not been published on the Times homepage. Then, the Sun decided to run the whole story, in its entirety, which Kaczynski linked to at 10:45 p.m. As of 11:15 p.m. it is still available on the Sun website. It is not available on the Times website.

Also on Sunday night, Gawker’s Gabrielle Bluestone posted a play-by-play of how this unfolded over Twitter. Both Byers and Kaczynski note that, just after midnight Monday, the story went off the Sun’s site, which blamed the whole thing on a technical error.


Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times, said in an e-mail that the mix-up happened thanks to a new wire feed set up last week by the Sun.

“From what we understand this feed caused everything filed to them on The Times wire (and apparently from other places as well) to go straight to the Sun’s website, without any human intervention. When we realized the story had posted, we contacted them and asked them to take the story down, which they did.”

Today, you can see the first part of Andrea Elliott’s project on New York’s homeless children where it was meant to run, here. It begins with this:

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate.

Slipping out from her covers, the oldest girl sits at the window. On mornings like this, she can see all the way across Brooklyn to the Empire State Building, the first New York skyscraper to reach 100 floors. Her gaze always stops at that iconic temple of stone, its tip pointed celestially, its facade lit with promise.

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