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How often is often?


Race issues beset Obama’s ‘post-racial’ presidency

Conservatives had linked the tape to the NAACP asking the conservative “Tea Party” political movement to denounce racism by some of its members. Images such as Obama with a bone through his nose and the White House with a lawn full of watermelons are often displayed at Tea Party rallies.

USA/What exactly constitutes ‘often’ in this sentence? To most, it implies that these images are seen at a majority of the rallies. This has never been shown to be the case. That would make it a false statement and should be retracted.

I encourage you to retract that statement, or at the very least, alter the verbiage to give it some factual basis.


I am a Michigan Tea Party member and have been to over 30 Tea Party events both national and local and have never witnessed any pictures of Obama with a bone through his nose, or pictures of the White House with watermelons on the lawn.

Intolerance for errors?


Oscar speculation underway for “Inception”

JAPAN/By cutting among three simultaneous dreams, film editor Lee Smith’s work harkens to the granddaddy of bravura editing, Cecil B. DeMille’s “Intolerance.” Even New York magazine critic David Edelstein, who found a lot to criticize in the film, said of Smith, “He’s all but sewn up this year’s editing Oscar.”

Cecil B. DeMille had nothing to do with the film “Intolerance”.

Your reporter is confusing him with D.W. Griffith.

Rich M.

We corrected: GBU Editor

Fans take photos of celebrities arriving at the Japan premiere of “Inception” in Tokyo, July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Polly want a correction?


gbu parrot

“The Netherlands and Spain  will square off Sunday for the World Cup final, the first ever for both  sides.”

On Mani the parrot, who predicts the Netherlands will win the World Cup, your reporter mistakenly, in her voiceover, says this is the first time for each Spain and the Netherlands to be in the World Cup final. That is incorrect. The Netherlands has been in two previous final games.

How big was the schooner?

- Longest sea voyage in history(1:16)

Both in print and in the video you say he sailed a 7-foot schooner!

sailboat 280You should look at the size of his schooner a second time, because it’s a “70-foot boat” NOT a “7-foot boat!!!”

The wrong word…


Mark Twain’s tribute to daughter sells for $242,500

gbu twain 280Twain spent the last four years of his life recording his life for prosperity but included strict instructions that many of the pieces appear no sooner than 100 years after his death.

In the last sentence of the article, shouldn’t the word “prosperity” actually be “posterity”?

The country, not the university


Canada invites African leaders to G8 meeting

CANADA/TORONTO  (Reuters) – Canada said on Sunday it invited leaders from seven African countries as well as Haiti, Jamaica and Columbia to attend the Group of Eight summit it is hosting this month, citing a desire to make the event more inclusive.

I believe you are talking about COLOMBIA. Please correct it.


Ouch. We corrected: GBU Editor

Members of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit which will provide security during the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits in Ontario.   REUTERS/ Mike Cassese

Asbestos banned?


EnPro unit files for bankruptcy over asbestos claims

NEWYORK-EXPLOSION/Asbestos, once widely used in manufacturing, has been banned by the U.S. government after it was proven to cause cancer, often in people who were exposed by breathing in asbestos particles.

You incorrectly stated in this article that asbestos has been banned in the U.S.

The wrong year…


 gbu olympicsI was just watching a news clip with a voice-over by a woman with an American accent.

It was about the 100-yr-old table tennis champion lady. During the story, it was mentioned that the lady was also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest volunteer at the “2004″ Sydney Olympics.

Not Marines


A June 6 Reuters video report said that “U.S. Marines and Iraq” were working together in Basra.

gbu basra patrolHowever, the U.S. military members WERE U.S. NAVY RIVERINES, NOT MARINES. As the PAO for the Little Creek, Virginia-based Riverine squadrons, I’m requesting a correction be made to give these men the credit they deserve.

A large WHAT?


Missing piece found in particle puzzle: scientists

SCIENCE/CERNThe search for concrete evidence of dark matter and of what it might be is part of the work of CERN’s LHC, or Large Hardon Collider, the world’s biggest scientific machine that began operation near full force at the end of March.

Your definition of CERN’s LHC as the Large Hardon Collider is a bit provocative, don’t you think? Or, did you mean the Large HADRON Collider?