Yesterday's New York Times featured a story about actress Junie Hoang's ongoing lawsuit against the Internet Movie Database for publishing her actual age against her wishes, but the paper of record ended up committing an even more egregious error by accidentally making her a year older than she is.
The original version of the story, Actress’s Privacy Lawsuit Challenges a Web Site by Michael Cieply, calls the actress—who appeared in shows like I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant and the movies Dysfunctional Friends and Gingerbread Man 3— 41 years old, prompting the following correction in today's Times, as pointed out by Jim Romenesko.
Talk about insult to injury! Hoang's whole lawsuit concerns the film industry discriminates against older actresses. Hoang says IMDB published her age after getting ahold on her birthday using credit card information she provided for her IMDB Pro account. Parent company Amazon has "bluntly denied the assertion that credit card information had been used to identify her," according to The Times, but in the same breath insists that even if it did use her credit card to find her birthday, that's not illegal. And though the paper piled on to Hoang's problem by claiming she's a year older than she is, it's the kind of mistake that happens in a daily newspaper all the time. Then again, The Times had plenty of time to get right, considering news of the lawsuit is several months old.
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