Offensive headline?

March 21, 2011

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Felix Salmon’s blog is a low for Reuters.

I have no problem with his point or content – that is his choice to make.  But your choice to allow a sensationalized title, “Don’t Donate Money to Japan” is cheap attention grabbing at its best.

Myself and my coworkers who just saw this are going to go elsewhere for our news and opinions.


JAPAN-QUAKE/First, as a Japanese citizen, I felt as if I was hit on my head with a frying pan as I was seeing the title.

I felt that Felix’s article was simply ignorant, insensitive, and too subjective.


I am disappointed that your editors published Felix Salmon’s blog on your website.

His view is uneducated, disrespectful, and distasteful to say the least.

The disaster struck the really cold region of Japan and most shelters do not have heat, so they need anything they can get to keep them warm. For him to criticize such effort to do so (his mocking of Socks for Japan) is utterly outrageous.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but you have the responsibility to publish material with sound judgement. For this one, you failed to display any of it.


JAPAN-QUAKEI find this Blog Post by Felix Salmon offensive.


Mr. Salmon has taken a legitimate point (donate money without earmarks) and wrapped it in a sensationalist, offensive article that highlights the heartless isolationists among us.

Moreover, the title of the article devalues Reuters from a news outlet to a sensationalist rag that permits such titles without (apparently) editorial review.

This is why I stopped reading CNN when they lowered their standards.  Please do not follow in their footsteps, and please to remove, edit, or at least re-title this article.


Your headline that was picked up by many news outlets was very irresponsible.

It is misleading and has a very bad consequence. Shame on you.


A number of readers objected to that headline. The author responds to their concerns here, in a fresh posting: GBU Editor

Right: A man cries next to his destroyed house where his dead mother is still buried in the rubble at a devastated area hit by the earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa town in Miyagi Prefecture, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

Left: Rescue workers pay their final respects to a dead body retrieved from the rubble in Rikuzentakat, Iwate Prefecture, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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I wonder how many people saw the headline, but didn’t read the actual posting.

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