Oops! New York Times Accidentally Publishes Unedited Keystone Story

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November 18, 2014 5:12 p.m.

It is every journalist’s nightmare. May the media gods spare TPM.

But the New York Times on Tuesday accidentally published an unedited version of a story about the Senate’s vote on the Keystone pipeline at about 4:40 p.m. ET — or about an hour before the vote was scheduled to take place.

The Time’s politics account tweeted out the link, which soon brought good-natured japing from other reporters. If nothing else, it provided readers with a brief glimpse behind the curtain of how the news stories they read get made.

The article was filled with journalistic jargon, like “TK” for vote tallies to be filled in and “B Matter” for the already established backstory. Two versions had been written — one for if the bill failed, the other if it passed. The story has since been fixed, but the screenshots live forever.

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D.C. reporters were, as they say, on it.

(If you want an explanation for how it happened, a Times editor laid it out to Politico).

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