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Newspaper is ‘very embarrassed’ by colossal error on cover

By WITW Staff on January 5, 2017

The Washington Post Express, a free tabloid newspaper distributed daily to commuters in the nation’s capital, issued an apology Thursday after making a colossal error on its cover that drew widespread mockery on social media. The paper’s cover featured a headline promoting a story on the upcoming Women’s March on Washington set for January 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The headline was accompanied by a graphic of people standing in a formation that made the symbol for the male gender — a huge blunder, which social media users were quick to point out.

Shortly thereafter, The Washington Post Express issued a pair of tweets expressing embarrassment in one, and releasing a photo of the correct cover in the other. “We made a mistake on our cover this morning and we’re very embarrassed. We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol,” the initial tweet read.

The second tweet offered an apology and a look at the cover that was meant to be. No further explanation was given about how the mistake went to press.

In a word, as one influential Twitter user pointed out, the FAIL was “painful.” The paper is owned and published by The Washington Post.

The Women’s March on Washington, originally called the Million Women March, is expected to be the largest protest of Trump’s presidency over the inauguration weekend and is being co-chaired by Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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