The New Yorker
Magazine is the gold standard for fact checking. Stories abound of staffers spending countless hours confirming the spelling of obscure names whose misspelling few would have noticed. Yet in the April 23, 2012 issue, the lead Talk of the Town story, “The Forty-Year Itch,” identifies the song that won the Grammy Award for best contemporary recording as a hit by the New Vaudeville Band called “Westminster Cathedral.” The correct title of this legendary song on Fontana Records is “Winchester Cathedral,” and you can hear it here
. That this prominent error was missed by New Yorker
fact checkers should make all who write feel better about their own mistakes.