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Wrong name


I think you meant BIDEN.


Ouch. This was an online desking error. We corrected: GBU Editor

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Is that a word?


Your headline says “Crisis fightback.” Is fightback even a word?


Not that I know of. We subsequently changed it: GBU Editor

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Torture by whom?


Generals to urge quick action on torture by Obama

Did you leave this headline to the intern?


Several readers pointed out this one. Not a great headline: GBU Editor

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Mopping up…


Indian commandos mop up last of Mumbai militants

“Mop Up” is a disgusting headline. Regardless of what has been done this is human you are talking, about not floor grime. Leave the repugnant demeaning of human life to asinine editorialists please.


Several readers objected to this headline, though I don’t fully understand why. My online dictionary says MOP UP: Military. to clear (ground, trenches, towns, etc.) of scattered or remaining enemy combatants after attacking forces have conquered the area. GBU Editor.

The cost of health care

Obama health plan to cost $75 billion -analysis

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama’s plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system would cost the federal government $75 billion the first year but would provide health insurance for 95 percent of Americans, consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday.

“The plan would increase to $1 trillion cumulatively by 2018 or approximately $130 billion per year,” the report said.

Goin’ to Kansas City…


Rare Beatles film of ’64 Kansas gig sells for $6,600

The two-minute silent, color 8mm film was uncovered by American Drew Dimmel who attended the concert as a young boy in Kansas City in September 1964 but had forgotten about the footage until he was clearing out his parents’ home.

The stadium referred to in this story is in Kansas City, MISSOURI, not Kansas City, Kansas.

Sudden death?

U.S. rap label boss dies suddenly

NEW YORK (Billboard) – The head of rap label Def Jam Recordings died suddenly on Saturday, the company said. Shakir Stewart, who was named executive VP of the iconic label in June, committed suicide, according to reports.

Of course he died suddenly. He committed suicide. What idiot commits suicide slowly? You’d have to be really stupid or really hate yourself to do that.

Bad headline?


House prices fall to 30-year low

house-prices-240.jpgLONDON (Reuters) – The decline in house prices accelerated in September and sales fell to the lowest level in at least 30 years, a survey showed Tuesday, in a sign the housing market slump may have some way to go yet.

Your headline “HOUSE PRICES FALL TO 30 YR LOW ” is very misleading and is NOT correct. As the article states the number of houses SOLD in September fell to a 30 yr low. This is VERY different to saying PRICES fell to 30 yr low.

Still spending…


Fearful consumers stop spending in August

spending-220.jpgWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Consumers facing rising unemployment kept their spending unchanged in August even though incomes rose, according to a government report Monday that showed optimism about the economy’s direction was fading.

This sort of gross exaggeration in news reporting is ridiculous. In fact, consumer spending for August matched that for July. It just didn’t increase. Can writers and editors just knock off the attention-grabbing hyperbole and accurately report what is happening?

Billion, not million…


“Show me the money”

What is the best test of whether the government’s proposed $700 million bailout of financial markets will be enough to save the economy?

bush-and-paulson-200.jpgYour article headline reads “700 million,” but the article states “700 billion.” Just thought you’d want the “heads-up.