Wired correction: Dropbox co-founder did not say 'nipples'

Wired staff writer Marcus Wohlsen is taking it pretty well.

He's the author of a detailed, fascinating look at the team behind Dropbox, and their big ambitions for the company. Wohlsen is also the source/cause of what will undoubtedly be a contender for Correction of the Year. Appended to the article is this:

Correction appended [2:37 P.M. PST/9/17]: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston saying “anyone with nipples” instead of “anyone with a pulse.”

Go ahead and read it again. Yes, two very different meanings. You'd think that kind of misquote would be easy to avoid. But it seems Wohlsen had nipples on the brain:

Like I said, he's being a good sport about it while the correction rockets around Twitter tonight. Joshua Benton of the Nieman Journalism Lab was one of the early folks to draw attention to it. In fact, he liked the correction so much, he made a diagram to illustrate the nipples-versus-pulse demographics:

We all clear now?

Wohlsen is doing his part to engage, admitting in one thread on Twitter that he "legitimately blew it" with the misquote, and that he's okay with being a cautionary tale:

Meanwhile, enjoy some reactions:

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman (craig@craigsilverman.ca) is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.


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