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Reader reaction to Reuters news

Hiding in a what?


I’m the father of Alexandra Peltre, who survived the attack on Utoeya, Norway. The information given by the journalist in this report is not correct!

She did not hide in a wardrobe after being shot, and she never said anything about a wardrobe when she was interviewed.

She was shot while trying to hide along the waterline. After being shot, she managed to swim a bit out from the shoreline, and when the gunman moved on, she managed to crawl back to land where she was laying next to a young man shot in the shoulder. The two of them shared a jacket or sweater for warmth.

The gunman was apprehended a short time later, and she received life saving first-aid by the police. There was not a wardrobe in sight!

What country was it?


We love to see your pictures every day but please, please mention the country after the city or province.

I think this is very very important thanks, Reuters.


Sometimes the production process we use strips out the country’s name, but we should manually restore it, as we did with several pictures in this slideshow after  you pointed it out to us: GBU Editor

Michele, one “l”….



U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) talks to the audience after the end of the first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 campaign at St. Anselms College in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Bachmann files papers to enter US White House race

MANCHESTER, N.H., June 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann said on Monday she has filed the paperwork to formally enter the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The wrong word…


Sheriff officers search house-to-house as they look for survivors or those who may of been killed after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri  May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city’s main hospital. REUTERS

Looking at the pictures of the tornado destruction in Joplin, MO, I noticed several captions. Could you please inform your writer that “have” is a verb but “of” is not. “Of” is a preposition in case they no longer teach that in journalism school.

What’s burning?



There is a widely distributed image credited to Reuters. Honest reporting dictates that you tell us what is burning in the background.

To be more clear, this was a protest against the planned burning of the Koran in Florida, and most of us believe that they are burning Bibles in the background.

Obama isn’t a Republican


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President Barack Obama (R) takes his seat after an awards ceremony at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, May 1, 2010 Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

When I hovered over the image of the President, it showed his name, and then (R), signifying he is a Republican. I think you may need to correct this.

Not the Virgin Mary?



A statue of Virgin Mary sits amid the destruction left by a major earthquake in La Pezca March 1, 2010. Chile’s government scrambled on Monday to provide aid to thousands of homeless people in coastal towns devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunamis, as 10,000 troops patrolled to quell looting. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

This photo is NOT the “Virgin Mary” it is Saint Therese of Lisieux.

No, the other Korea…


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south korea flag cropPlease see this page. I can see our national flag on the sled, called ‘Taegukgi.’

It is the South Korean national flag. Yes, I’m South Korean and want to correct the caption that says North Korea.

Where is Los Angeles?


gbu timberlakd 260Singer Justin Timberlake (L) and actor Bradley Cooper wait to answer the phone during the “Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief” telethon in this handout photo provided by MTV on January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Jeff Kravitz/MTV Hope for Haiti Now/Handout

Regarding the Haiti benefit, I’m curious as to why you refer to Los Angeles as Los Angeles, California yet you refer to New York City, New York as simply New York and London, England as simply London?

Taunting children?


Members of the protest group Code Pink taunt local school children with chants about the war in Afghanistan as the children and their families arrive for a Halloween reception by U.S. President Barack Obama and his family at the White House in Washington, October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

I must strongly protest your caption on the photo of protesters outside the White House. Using the verb “taunt” with “local school children” as its object is inaccurate, pejorative and unwarranted.