The dangers of automated subbing…

I’m late coming to this posting on Regret the Error (which I found through Dave Lee’s blog), but it’s too good not to post.

Site OneNewsNow – part of the American Family News network – has a filter set up that automatically substitutes the word ‘gay’ in copy for ‘homosexual’.

When some Associated Press copy came in about US Olympic hopeful Tyson Gay it was all a bit much:

“Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday. . . Asked how he felt, Homosexual said: ‘A little fatigued’.”

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