The Simkins PAC is a group of Greensboro’s black leaders who each election endorse a slate of candidates in an effort to help sway the election.
This week, the well-known group did so again. However, when it sent out the list this time, the statement on the candidates included a typo.
There’s nothing unusual about that – typos happen all the time – but in this case the typo was quite amusing.
The pack proudly offered its list of candidates with the following statement: “A number of these candidates we have supported in prior elections. Some of these candidates are incompetents, therefore they are performing their duties currently.”
While many hardline Republicans will read that and think, “Absolutely!” the PAC did not in fact mean to say that the endorsed candidates were “incompetents” – but instead that that they were “incumbents” doing a great job.
So, in other words, pretty much the exact opposite.
When the Rhino Times pointed the typo out to Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, a leader of the Simkins PAC, Alston confirmed that the wrong word was used.
In a text, Alston wrote, “Lol. Yes, we need to correct that.”
The Rhino Times, as a three-decade old news source, understands acutely well that typos happen, and the Rhino rarely calls them out in other places because – as a publication that puts out thousands of words every day – that would be very bad karma. However, when those typos are particularly amusing, as in this case, the publication may make note of it.
For instance, nearly a decade ago, when the News & Record was bought by Warren Buffett, the News & Record, for the first story announcing the purchase – in the headline no less – spelled their brand new owners name “Buffet” – like the place where you can have all you can eat.
That typo, as you can imagine, did get a mention in the Rhino.
As for the Rhino Times’ worst typo, that came about 20 years ago in a beautiful full-page wedding ad that a Greensboro Jewelry store had paid thousands of dollars to run. The add had a very elegant bride and groom in a beautiful wedding setting. It was supposed to have the word “Priceless” in a large font stamped across it; however, the Rhino Times ran the ad instead with the word “Prickless” in big letters, which implied that the groom may be able to get married but would not be able to consummate the wedding.