Best NYT photo caption blunder ever: La Pequeña Hilary Clinton


Thank the gods of b0rk for this spectacular New York Times photo caption goof. By gum, if it isn't La Pequeña Hilary Clinton and La Pequeña Michelle Bachelet!

Full image after the jump.

(Washington Post via Howard Kurtz)



  1. So WTF were they thinking with that photo in the first place?

    Also – can we please stop saying “After the Jump”. Please?

      1. 1) Please point out where I misunderstood the term “after the jump” in my post.
        2) Since when did asking for something politely constitute “whining”?

        Why does a simple request get snarky comments from the mods? I’m guessing someone took the comment personally. Come on Boing Boing, you can do better than this.

        1. Bro – chill out…. Anti obviously meant to click reply to the comment below yours by MitchSchaft – a comment which made reference to yours. Either way… why should we stop using it? Do you have a better suggestion (honest question)?

          Liassic – got over yourself… have you ever read BB before? “After the jump” makes complete sense as the web doesn’t have page numbers (duh). It is used on the BB front page (as well as tons of other blogs from all around the world) on a daily basis. Take some advice from a famous American:

          “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
          – Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

          I’ve never seen anyone bitch about that phrase before before, but this post gets it 3 times…. weird. What gives?

          1. @ #24 Teapot
            Just saw your post else I’d have included you in my previous reply.
            I browse BB maybe once a week and that particular phase has never popped out at me before. I also have a couple of WordPress blogs of my own and I’ve never come across the phrase before, so if that’s ignorance then I’m ignorant.
            Oh, thanks for the Lincoln quote, it just reinforced my parochial view. If you’d quoted Proverbs 17:28 I’d have been more impressed.

          2. If you’d quoted Proverbs 17:28 I’d have been more impressed.

            Sorry, I don’t read or repeat fairytales.

  2. I concur. “After the Jump” should go away. It failed to catch on. Mostly because it just doesn’t make sense.

  3. I was confounded a little over a year ago when I saw the front page of the Winnipeg Free Press sporting the a photo about a peregrine falcon that had been nursed back to health.

    The problem was that the headline for the main story was something along the lines of “Predator Eludes Police.”

    Newspapers have cut back but they still have editors, right? Layout people? The front page gets more than a cursory glance, right?

  4. Pretty funny – how do huge blunders like this get by the editors?

    Also, ‘after the jump’ is fine. Everyone knows what it means and it’s much better than saying, ‘-after you click the link and view the article.’

  5. Reminds me of the kinds of photos The Economist runs. I don’t think they have their own photo journalists, so often use odd pictures with humorous captions to make a serious point.

    For instance, they might have the same article with this picture and say “Bachelet looking to get a little help from Clinton”

    My favorite by far was an article about violence leading up to an election in Africa. The picture was of one guy chasing another with a machete. Serious stuff. The caption read “Ok, I’ll vote!” or something like that.

  6. I just sat down at my desk, hit BB before starting a days work and realized nothing will top this.

  7. This just heightens my awareness of the fact that we have had NO new output from La Pequena in a long, long time.

  8. Sorry,
    What does “After the Jump” mean?
    Never heard of it ever before.
    Must be some Americanism.
    And yes, I am being serious.

  9. “After the Jump” means click on “Read the Rest” for the full post.

    The term is from newspapers – “story continued on page A12”

  10. “After the jump” refers to the structure of blogging software. The first section of a blog post is usually strictly limited in length and is intended to act as a teaser or introduction to the remainder of the post. “After the jump” is the standard convention for reminding people that there is more to the story if they will scroll down.

    I don’t see what the issue is.

  11. “After the jump” is a newspaper term, so, yeah, kind of funny to see it here in the Internets that “killed” the newspapers, I suppose. It refers to a story that starts on one page, say the front page, and then continues to a page inside the section. The “jump” is where you jump to find the rest of the story, so to speak….

    1. I could be wrong about this but I don’t believe ‘after the jump’ is a newspaper term. ‘Story continued on page XX’ is a newspaper term but in my experience ‘after the jump’ appeared on networks after the introduction of RSS readers.

      The experience: You are reading the intro paragraph for a story in an RSS reader and the end of the paragraph says ‘see the full story after the jump’ or ‘video included after the jump’. You click a link which then opens your web browser to reveal whatever had been promised ‘after the jump’.

  12. I remember the front page of the Los Angeles Times sometime around 1989 or 1990 had the banner headline — BANNER over all columns — BUSH MEETS GORBACHEV, and underneath it they had a photo of Pres. Bush (I) shaking hands with… Michael Jackson. Does anyone have a scan of that? I wish I still had my copy of the paper!

  13. #6 Please, please, please do not assume that something that is odd to you is an “Americanism”. This is the second post you have made regarding Americans that seemingly posts us in a bad light. Yes we have plenty of problems, I am willing to bet that where you are from there are social, political ills as well.

    Your earlier comment about “all Americans being crazy” over an odd homework post was simply put insulting.

    Both posts were, pointing out something unusual, humorous. People and newspapers make mistakes. There is no reason to bring nationality into the thread, especially when it can be perceived in an unnecessary negative light.

  14. Back in early 2001 I was working for a large-ish newspaper’s Web site, and it was the night of the Grammys. One of my coworkers (NOT ME; SOMEONE ELSE) grabbed an AP story and put it on our site, including copying the headline. The headline said something like:

    “Grammys are Eminem’s big night”

    In copying and pasting the headline, though, my coworker somehow accidentally left off the last two letters of “night.”

    Hilarity ensues.

  15. Might be miscaptioned, might be a lucky screenshot just at the moment between the text and image updating.

  16. I also dislike “After The Jump”, but what else are they gonna say? I can deal with it; it doesn’t offend me.

  17. @ #15 Anon
    OK, maybe it came across as nationalistic.
    Apologies for that. It wasn’t meant that way.
    It was meant to indicate that sometimes post writers forget that they have a global audience. And in my experience US based sites seem to be the worst at this, which is why I used that word.
    Please be aware that it is VERY frustrating when reading sites that are Global in reach when they act in a totally parochial way.
    It’s fine to use words that are local to you but writers should remember that their audience will not readily understand everything they say.
    Post #11 Anon sums it up for me – “…is the standard convention for reminding people…”. No, it is not the standard convention – it is the standard convention for you, but not for me. So don’t assume that your view of the world applies to everyone else.

  18. Anon #19: “After the jump” is definitely a newspaper term, far older than the internet and probably older than computers.

    It’s newspaper jargon; when a story is continued on a later page, the break between pages is called the jump, and the text that says “continued on page XX” is called the jumpline.

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