As the presidential election approaches, it appears that Al and Dubya aren’t the only ones who need to get their facts straight. Take NBC’s usually keen political drama ”The West Wing”: In the highly rated Oct. 4 season premiere, a flashback to three years ago showed White House aide Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) talking on a Verizon pay phone in New York City.
The catch? Verizon didn’t operate any telephones on the streets of Gotham back then. In fact, until June of this year, Verizon (born of a merger between communication behemoths Bell Atlantic and GTE) didn’t even exist.
The flubs don’t end there. In another scene from the past — in which press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) gets fired from her job as a Hollywood publicist — you can spy a copy of EW with ”Shaft” star Samuel L. Jackson on the cover. We love a good plug, but don’t they know that issue came out in June 2000? A spokesperson for the show said they never noticed the gaffes. Guess that’s their attempt at spin control.