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Liberal Edward Kennedy?


Obama pays tribute to liberal Edward Kennedy
kennedy-180.jpgMIDDLETOWN, Conn., May 25 (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, seen by some as the heir to the Kennedy family legacy, praised Sen. Edward Kennedy as a champion for the poor and struggling, as he stepped in for the ailing Massachusetts senator at a graduation ceremony.

I don’t understand Reuters decision to include the “liberal” label to describe Senator Kennedy in the headline. The “liberal” label seems totally irrelevant to the content of the article.

By labeling Senator Kennedy as “liberal”, Reuters reflects a not-so-subtle conservative bias, not only against Senator Kennedy, but, by association, against Barack Obama as well. Shame on you, Reuters. You should know better. 

Lake Tahoe

Several readers questioned the word in this context. The headline originally referred to “liberal icon Kennedy,” which seems more appropriate, but then icon got dropped in the editing process: GBU Editor 

Wrong nationality


Italy’s Bartoli cruises into third round in Berlin  

bartoli-160.jpgItaly’s Bartoli took just over 50 minutes at the Steffi Graf Stadium to become the first player to reach the third round of the $1.3 million clay-court tournament.

Your headline and story are incorrect. Marion Bartoli is a French tennis player, not Italian.

The devil is in the details


Devil Rays sweep Red Sox with 3-0 win

rays-200.jpgST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) – James Shields pitched a two-hit shutout on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 3-0 victory.

The headline on this article is so WRONG!!! Did your editor even READ the article?? Did he LOOK at the headline?? The team is no longer refered to as the “Devil” Rays. They have dropped any reference to Devil from the stadium, uniforms, locker room, everything.

Hitting out at a headline


Obama hits out at Clinton for negative campaign 

obama-180.jpgHits out… who ever heard of such a thing?  I guess you will save the term “LASHES OUT” for the Republican candidate?


What does “hits out” mean? I’ve never used “hits out” in my life and I have never heard anyone use it. 

This isn’t the White House



I  don’t believe this event was held at the White House, was it?…bush-180.jpg

A Washingtonian

You’re right. We had plenty of journalists at the thing, so this was a bit embarrassing. We corrected: GBU Editor

REUTERS photo by Jonathan Ernst  

Ambiguous headline


U.S. forces free AP photographer in Iraq after 2 yrs

release-180.jpgBAGHDAD (Reuters) – A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer working for the Associated Press in Iraq was freed from U.S. military custody on Wednesday after being held without charge for two years, the news agency said.

Your headline should have read, “U.S. forces release AP photographer in Iraq after 2 years.” Funny how this small change makes what really happen so much clearer. Was this “Spin” to obscure the real facts, or an oversight?

Reporting the Ground Zero prayer…


Pope Ground Zero prayer seeks terrorists’ redemption

pope-glasses-180.jpg“Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.”

I read with interest your article on the heartfelt words of the Pope at 911′s ground zero. I found nothing in the article to substantiate your headline, which implies the Pope was seeking absolution for the 911 terrorists.

The wrong plea


Priest pleads guilty to stalking TV host O’Brien

conan-160.jpgAjemian pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct after prosecutors withdrew charges of aggravated harassment and stalking, misdemeanors that are punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The guilty plea allowed him to avoid a trial.

The headline of your story seems incorrect, since the body of the story says they withdrew the stalking charge.

Not a great headline…


British toddler better after swallowing detergent

Does your headline somehow imply the toddler has been improved by the swallowing of detergent?

Evil Scribbler

That was not a great headline. We replaced it: GBU Editor