In an article on international productivity, the New York Times describes France’s reformist president Nicolas Sarkozy thusly:
France, where President Nicolas Sarkozy has pushed for a reduction in the workweek to an average of 35 hours…
Every other news story on the subject describes Sarkozy as a critic of the 35-hour work week who seeks to provide loopholes to allow workers to evade the work cap.
Even the NY Times’s own reports say so:
Although he provided few details, Mr. Sarkozy indicated that he would push for additional cuts in payroll taxes and ways to encourage people to work beyond the statutory 35-hour workweek.
This is a minor error. Yet, when you think of the sheer volume of the NYT’s reporting and its disproportionate impact on public debate, a minor error every story or two really adds up.