Employees of the Denver Post woke up to egg on their faces Friday after the paper published a gigantic image of Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park — which they misidentified as the hometown Coors Field. The error ran on the front page of the paper’s Life and Culture section.
In a statement, The Post said they regretted the error and declared the mistake a result of a “production error.”
“Due to a production error, an image of Citizens Bank Park ran in place of Coors Field on the cover of today’s Life & Culture section. Please enjoy this beautiful image of Coors Field photographed yesterday, The Denver Post sincerely regrets the error,” the paper tweeted Friday.
Due to a production error, an image of Citizens Bank Park ran in place of Coors Field on the cover of today's Life & Culture section. Please enjoy this beautiful image of Coors Field photographed yesterday. The Denver Post sincerely regrets the error. pic.twitter.com/0bwW2snOLb
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) April 6, 2018
The error raises new questions about the state of the Denver Post after staffing cuts left the newsroom decimated. Last month the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which owns the paper, cut 30 positions reducing the remaining staff on hand to just 70. At its peak, the Denver Post was one of the United States’ most respected city broadsheets with a staff of roughly 300.
“In a staff meeting, the @DenverPost editor just told us that we are cutting 30 positions in the newsroom,” tweeted City Hall reporter Jon Murray after the cuts were announced. “There are some sobs in the room.”
But the Internet is a cruel place. The flub was met with mockery online, and there was little talk about how mass downsizing may have played a role in the mixup.
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) April 6, 2018
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— Ronan O'Shea (@RonanOShea) April 6, 2018
"I can't believe the Denver Post put the wrong stadium on the cover of the paper on opening day…" [Remembers the last 5 years of decisions by the Denver Post] "I take back my last comment, I can absolutely see the Denver Post making that mistake." pic.twitter.com/HBvc6EvrNI
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