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Reader reaction to Reuters news

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.

His photo caption stating that many “… may of been killed…” is a disgusting example of the decline in journalistic standards which permeates the news media these days.

I can’t believe your writer used this word in this manner, and I find it even more difficult to believe that some other editor or reviewer let this slide by as if this is perfectly normal usage.

Radiation anxiety story


Radiation anxiety grows in disaster-struck Japan

By Shinichi Saoshiro and Kiyoshi Takenaka

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – Global anxiety rose over radiation from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant even as engineers won ground in their battle to avert disaster from the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.

JAPAN/NUCLEARThis was the best overall piece I have seen anywhere on the situation, incorporating important items posted in the news elsewhere that I had seen, to give a sense of what is really true and what is rumour.

Offensive headline?


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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.

Oil spill victims?


Over 300 dead birds are likely Gulf spill victims

OIL-RIG/LEAKLOS ANGELES, May 24 (Reuters) – More than 300 sea birds, nearly 200 turtles and 19 dolphins have been found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the first five weeks of BP’s huge oil spill off Louisiana, wildlife officials reported on Monday.

When did birds start becoming victims? They’re birds, not humans. You people are getting wackier every day.

Salvaging food?



Bodies pile up after Haiti quake; aid jams airport

Looters swarmed a broken supermarket in the Delmas area of Port-au-Prince, carrying out electronics and bags of rice unchallenged. Others siphoned gasoline from a wrecked tanker.

It would be more humane if you would have written, “Starving, injured and traumatized victims of the earthquake peacefully salvaged food and electronics from a (partially?) collapsed supermarket (what is a broken supermarket?). Others took the opportunity to collect fuel from a wrecked tanker.”

Hijacked planes on September 11


U.S. says al Qaeda-linked man tries to blow up plane

gbu detroit delta 220It also is the latest in a string of terrorism-related plots in the United States over the past few months. Al Qaeda militants carried out the September11, 2001, attacks in the United States in which three passenger planes were hijacked.

I believe that FOUR planes were hijacked on September 11, 2001, not three. Please fact check.

Incident in The Netherlands


You report dozens of roadside bombings in Iraq or Afghanistan; yet if something terrible happens with one of your biggest allies, Holland, on one of their biggest holidays: Queen’s Birthday, you report nothing…

B. S.

Not guilty. We reported plenty. We had evolving text, photos, video and slideshows about that story all day long.

Vaccine, or no vaccine?


World closer to swine flu pandemic

Worldwide, seasonal flu kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people in an average year but the new strain worries experts because it spreads rapidly between humans and there is vaccine for it.

You have several copy errors in this article the most significant of which is where you mean to say …thereis NO vaccine for it.”

Flu-like symptoms?


Swine flu epidemic fear grows, world on alert

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Governments around the world rushed on Sunday to check the spread of a new type of swine flu that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico and infected around a dozen in the United States.

Mexicans huddled in their homes while U.S. hospitals tracked patients with flu symptoms and other countries imposed health checks at airports as the World Health Organization warned the virus had the potential to become a pandemic.

Not what we meant…


Montana plane crash kills 17, including children

The plane crashed about 500 feet from the airport while attempting to land and burst into flames.

Unfortunately, the wording of this paragraph indicates that the pilot was successful in his goal of, ‘attempting to land and burst into flames.’