It would have been just another mistake in just another newspaper. But this is one those that will leave you in splits.
The New York Times recently published a story titled: “Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS’ Anger”, in which it attributed the wrong Snapchat handle to one of the Washington Muslim leaders, Suhaib Webb, quoted in the story. This would have made for a mundane correction, save for the handle itself, which was printed as Pimpin4Paradise786.
— Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam) May 9, 2016
It’s possible that the wrong name came from a Quartz video that was posted on their Facebook page on March 29, in which the leader jokingly said his Snapchat handle was Pimpin4Paradise786.
The New York Times issued a correction on May 10 to state it had, by accident, got Webb’s Snapchat handle wrong, and the real handle is imamsuhailwebb.
“Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb one of Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamhusaidwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786”, the correction said.
Webb himself tweeted about the mistake.
— Suhaib Webb (@ImamSuhaibWebb) May 9, 2016
Now, we’re not saying mistakes don’t happen, but when NYT makes a mistake, it does make for news too. And, in this case, a hilarious one… All in good faith.