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The Times and the Boy Scouts
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There are some topics that are so culturally foreign to the Times newsroom that the paper is almost bound to err in covering them.

Such is the case with the Boy Scouts of America. The Times started this round with a page one article by Kirk Johnson published January 29 describing a new policy by which, "Local chapters would be able to decide whether to admit gay scouts."

The problem with this formulation is that the Red Cross has chapters. Books have chapters. The Boy Scouts have councils, units (such as Scout Troops, or Cub Scout Packs), and chartered organizations, but the Boy Scouts do not have chapters.

A follow-up article, also by Mr. Johnson, in January 30 editions of the Times, repeats the error, referring to a troop leader who "wrote to Boy Scout headquarters and to his local scouting chapter."

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