Globe loses track of the real world 

Democratic Party officials only wish all newspaper screw-ups came true. Certainly it would have helped their cause if the Boston Globe could accurately note that Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown lost his U.S. Senate bid in this week’s special election.

That’s how their online edition reported it early Tuesday, in a map that showed Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley the winner in the closely-watched contest. Coakly lost handily to upstart Republican Brown.

Whoops is not a word newsrooms like to hear. The Globe was hearing it big time from their competitors, before removing the mistake from its website.

“Globe jumps the gun in online map goof’’ is how the Boston Herald reported it.

“It was a test on a tool and it meant nothing,’’ said an assistant to the Globe’s editor. “I don’t know how these things happen.’’

Newspaper editors are apparently human. That’s why so many of them are out of a job these days.

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