NBC News Gaffe Cites ‘Astronaut Neil Young’ Death Rather Than Real Astronaut Neil Armstrong
It’s easy when a story breaks to be so rushed to beat everyone else to it that a mistake can be made, but one error by NBC News had music fans wondering which part of what they read was true. The network initially reported that astronaut Neil Young had passed away, rather than Neil Armstrong.
While singer Neil Young may have sung the tune, ‘Harvest Moon,’ he definitely was not an astronaut. Gawker points out that in the rush to report the death of the first man on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, on Saturday (Aug. 25), NBC News accidentally cited music legend Neil Young as passing instead, leading to a few somewhat snarky comments from readers.
While the comments led to the change being made rather swiftly, it still didn’t stop a screencap image of the error circulating on Saturday. The network did beat everyone to the story, but unfortunately cited Young rather than Armstrong.
Young, still very much alive and well, will release his second album of 2012, ‘Psychedelic Pill,’ as a double-disc effort in October. Armstrong, however, passed away after recovering from recent heart surgery at the age of 82.