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Offensive headlne?


I am writing with reference to your article, ‘Jacko’s doc represents rise in criminal prosecutions.’ I was extremely shocked a media establishment such as yours which is respected for its integrity would use such a term.

If you are unaware, ‘Jacko’ is not a term of endearement for Michael Jackson but is rooted in racism and negativity.

I am asking you to correct this disrespectful slur.


Please remove the offensive moniker immediately.

I accidentally came to your site from google, thinking it was a news site, and was disgusted and repulsed by the nickname I saw in the headline. How dare you belittle a deceased person, who was a legendary artist and the greatest humanitarian, like that? Shame on you!


Please change your headline from “Jacko” to “Jackson.”

A house is not a home…


Funeral planning: How to avoid paying beyond the grave

Take the time to really think through what kind of funeral you think you want. “People can have their funerals anywhere, not necessarily a church or funeral house,” says Erika Dillman, author of “The Party of Your Life.” There are also green burials, where you can be buried in a shroud or a biodegradable casket.

Hello, I’m writing because I was quoted in an article on this site, and the quote is incorrect and the link from the title of my book is also incorrect.

Wrong adjective…


Large Libyan convoy arrives in Niger – sources

AGADEZ (Reuters) – A large convoy of Libyan armoured vehicles escorted by the Nigerian military arrived in the northern Niger desert town of Agadez late on Monday, a French military source and a Niger military source told Reuters.

The story described the convoy as being escorted by the “Nigerian Military” which is the military of Nigeria.

Number one or two?


Nadal faces tough test against Nalbandian

But the world number one knows Nalbandian is a different proposition altogether. The pair have split their four previous meetings.

In this article Nadal is referred to as the “world number one” (third paragraph) — but instead he has been the world number two in tennis for many weeks now.

Misleading headline?


Family sues police over California Taser death

LOS ANGELES, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The parents of a Southern California man who accuse police of killing their son with a Taser after he honked at a patrol car have sued the sheriff’s department and county.

This headline is misleading. A cause of death hasn’t been determined and to simply infer that the use of one police tool is to blame for this man’s death is irresponsible as there are no facts to support that causal relationship.

Cramping our style?


Nadal collapses after win at scorching U.S. Open Moments later, Nadal suddenly stopped talking, then covered his face with his hands and slumped to the floor.

Please!!! Nadal did not collapse… he cramped.

Try to be responsible with headlines. Drop the drama. This only reinforces media stereotypes.

Million, not billion…


Study: Some US firms paid more to CEOs than taxes

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Twenty-five of the 100 highest paid U.S. CEOs earned more last year than their companies paid in federal income tax, a pay study said on Wednesday.

* Boeing, which paid CEO Jim McNerney $13.8 billion, sent in $13 million in federal income taxes, and spent $20.8 million on lobbying and campaign spending

Cause of death…


Michael Jackson crowned king of MTV VMAs: poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – King of Pop Michael Jackson is gone, but he is not forgotten — not by MTV Video Music Award voters.

The “Thriller” singer, who died in June 2009 from a drug overdose, also got the nod for best pop performance with the same medley, again topping artists including Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, TLC and his own sister, Janet Jackson, who performed a tribute to Michael the year he died.

Keeping up with the sisters…


Reality star Kim Kardashian weds Kris Humphries

Kardashian, who stars with her three sisters and their mother in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” began dating Humphries in late 2010 and he proposed in May with a whopping 20.5 carat diamond ring.

There is a mistake in this article. You reported that she stars with her three sisters and their mother in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,’ . . . “

The wrong rank…


British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” plane crashes, pilot dies

Egging, known as “Eggman” according to Captain Simon Blake, Commandant of the RAF’s Central Flying School, joined the team last year.

You referred to the officer commanding the Red Arrows as ‘captain’.