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Not a great headline


Ex-maid claims Whitman knew she in U.S. illegally

CALIFORNIA-POLITICS/LOS ANGELES, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A onetime housekeeper to California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman surfaced on Wednesday to claim that the former eBay executive knowingly employed her illegally and treated her poorly.

Honestly. I consider Reuters a world-class news organization. This headline is abysmal. It’s a disgrace.

The quality of writing within the English speaking world has gone down the tubes. While in the past – working with the English language was an art form … now it is a travesty. Often butchered, and the most shameful of places.

An institution such as your own, should hold a high standard. Seeing such an abominable headline on your website … was absolutely shocking. This is something I would expect from a hick-town USA television news outfit’s website – not Reuters.

It’s an honor just to be nominated…


”Mission Impossible 4” to be filmed in Dubai

FRANCE/DUBAI, Sept 28 (Reuters Life!) – The fourth sequel of action blockbuster “Mission Impossible” starring Oscar-winning actor Tom Cruise will be partly filmed in Dubai, the Gulf Arab emirate’s media office said on Tuesday.

Hello, I just wanted someone to know that there is a mistake in this story regarding Tom Cruise.

Legume it may concern…


Special report: BRIC breaking: Brazil’s China syndrome

SOY-URUGUAYWhat accounts for their vastly different fortunes? China. Its demand for commodities like soy is nearly insatiable. In recent years, China has steadily ramped up its imports of the grain.

Not a question, a correction. I think  you’ll find that soy is not a grain, but a legume.

Titanic tale a bum steer?


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Titanic sunk by steering mistake, author says

LONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Louise Patten, a writer and granddaughter of Titanic second officer Charles Lightoller, said the truth about what happened nearly 100 years ago had been hidden for fear of tarnishing the reputation of her grandfather, who later became a war hero.

Are these real articles?


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Have things gotten so bad in the news business that you will now publish press releases for UFO enthusiasts with the unaltered lurid headlines that their agents give you?

Watch your credibility as a news organization circle the drain. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish Reuters from The Onion.

Where’s the irony?


Women trading Wall Street for Main Street

gbu irony 260CHICAGO (Reuters) – It’s ironic that the skills that make women effective on Wall Street also help them run their own businesses after they leave.

Wow, amazing. Ironic ???

This has to be the best (if not the most gut-bustingly funny) demonstration of complete illiteracy I’ve ever seen.

We put a Cork in it…


Drive from sea to sea but don’t stop to pee

IRELAND/The AA motoring group said it was unacceptable for drivers not to have anywhere stop for the toilet or a coffee for the entire 250 km (155 mile) journey between Ireland’s two biggest cities Dublin and Cork for example, even from a purely safety perspective.

Since when has Cork overtaken Belfast as Ireland’s second city?

Last time I looked Belfast was twice the size of Cork!!

Kelly A.

As I suspect you already know, Belfast is in Northern Ireland.

We appreciate the sensitivities involved here, but our style is to use Ireland to mean Republic of Ireland, unless a specific distinction needs to be made.

A Kafkaesque error?


Florida pastor’s daughter: ‘he needs help’

SOMALIA/After leaving the community aged 17, Emma Jones said she returned in 2005 to find it had become insect-like.

In this story, attributed to Reuters, surely “insect-like” should be “sect-like”?

It isn’t hydrogen…


Argentina sells DNA as world demands more beef

SLOVENIA/Once the semen has passed quality checks, it is diluted to make up to 300 doses that are kept in liquid hydrogen and sold for around $10 each. Garcia said the price can be much higher if the animal has a good breeding record.

“300 doses that are kept in liquid hydrogen.” WRONG!

Biological samples are kept in cryogenic storage in liquid nitrogen, not liquid hydrogen.

Japan ship?


Pirates attack Japan ship, no crew injured-media

KENYA/TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Pirates boarded a Japanese auto transport ship and robbed its crew off Indonesia late on Friday, but no one was injured and the undamaged ship resumed its voyage, Japanese media quoted the transport ministry as saying.

What, please, is a “Japan ship”? I know wooden ship, steel ship, warship and even editorship. Got any? Three letters more too long?