Obama and the nurses

July 12, 2009

Thank you for the lovely pictures of Mrs. Obama visiting the nurses and the orphanage.
Also, thank you for not including a “comments” section with it. I get so tired of human interest stories about the Obamas being marred by comments sections full of haters, racists and conspiracy theorists that there are many news sites I no longer visit. I hope I can continue to visit Reuters without worrying about my blood pressure spiking.


And yet, here you are offering a comment. Anyway, thanks for your kind words about the photos: GBU Editor

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) greets a nurse during her visit to St. Dmitriy Nursing College of Sisters of Mercy in Moscow, July 7, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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Dear GBU,
Are all comments created equal? I’m generally a strong believer in free speech – anyone can say what they want on their own site. But I expect an international news site like Reuters to moderate their comment sections, to keep the discourse civil and on-topic.
In fact, there’s a policy notice to that effect on the very page where I am leaving this comment.

I wouldn’t expect print newspapers to publish racist letters. I wouldn’t expect television news shows to broadcast angry diatribes by unhinged people, unless it was germane to a given story. I don’t expect Reuters to give anyone and everyone a free platform to spew ugly attacks that have nothing to do with the news. Your company is a news agency, not a social networking site.
Respectfully yours

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What a beautiful photograph.

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