Newspaper's glaring Norman Swan mistake: 'SO WRONG'

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It's been a busy couple of years for the Swan family.

Norman Swan, the ABC's medical commentator, has been the calming voice for millions of Australians throughout the Covid pandemic as he provides daily, well-articulated virus updates.

Meanwhile his son, Jonathan, a highly-respected political reporter for Axios, became an internet sensation in 2020 for his exaggerated facial expressions during a sit down interview with then US president Donald Trump, which unsurprisingly became a hit meme. He even won an Emmy for the interview this year.

Unfortunately for The Australian, it struggled to distinguish between the two in an opinion piece published late on Friday.

Norman Swan's son featured in the headline of a story about the former physician. Source: Twitter
Norman Swan's son featured in the headline of a story about the former physician. Source: Twitter

In commentary from Chris Kenny, Norman's track record amid the pandemic came under question with Kenny arguing his Covid predictions had routinely been proven "wildly wrong".

Unfortuantely for Kenny, the headline was also wildly wrong, mistaking Norman for Jonathan.

"How Aunty's health 'expert' Jonathan Swan got it so wrong," it read.

Norman took to Twitter on Saturday morning to flag the error, and warned News Limited to "lawyer up" in what appeared to be a tongue-in-cheek remark.

The tweet continued with a humorous tone, describing himself as an "ugly old bloke" and suggested Jonathan would not be too pleased having his image associated with his name.

"I am of course not referring to Kenny who’s a fine figure of a man and so young looking for his age," he finished.

Mocking the incorrect headline, the ABC's Media Watch later tweeted the person responsible for it got it "so wrong".

The mistake was lapped up online, with Twitter users poking fun at the error.

Of course, Jonathan's baffled face from his Trump interview featured heavily in responses to his father's tweet.

"Has to be the best dad moment ever," one person said.

"Thank you for the belly laugh I needed," another tweeted.

"Outstanding," one person wrote.

The Australian has since corrected the headline.

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