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He’s still not a Republican

June 20, 2011

Today, Reuters released a report concerning Anthony Weiner and his resignation. Today’s headline reads “Amid scandal, US Republican Weiner steps down”.

Reuters writers should be very aware that former Rep. Weiner is not a Republican and is in fact a Democrat.

This glaring error could be chalked up as a reporter who did not research the topic of their report or was rushing to get a story out. Today’s headline can not be explained away that simply since this is the second time, in less than a month, former Rep. Weiner has been identified as a Republican in a Reuters headline.

Proving the same incorrect headline twice can no longer be considered a lazy error by a journalist and moves into the realm of an overt attempt to sway public opinion at best. At worst, this is an overt attempt to tarnish the reputation of the Republican Party.

Regardless of how this headline was able to go out, it is inexcusable.

T.B.

Not guilty this time. We did indeed make that mistake in an online version of a Weiner story early this month. We corrected it and addressed it in this blog, as well.

However, the example you cite above was made by an overseas client who altered the headline we sent out. It wasn’t done by us, but several readers saw it and commented on it: GBU Editor

U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces that he will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives during a news conference in Brooklyn, New York, June 16, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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