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Reader reaction to Reuters news

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.

1. The Pope makes no reference to the 911 terrorists.

2. There is nothing in the article regarding forgiveness or salvation for those involved.The picture you paint in your headline is skewed given the Pope’s actual words as quoted. Headlines shout the essential meaning of your articles and you appeared to have played fast and easy with the factual content of this particular article.

John E. 

Several readers objected to our leap of faith, so to speak, in interpreting this section of the prayer. Our religion writers stand behind their decision. There is a very interesting ongoing discussion of this very question on It’s worth reading if you’re interested, but that blog’s editor concludes: ”At first I thought that was a bad headline, but now I think that it does capture the essence of the text.” GBU Editor

That’s not Tibet…



The news title is “China fires tear gas on monks protesting in Tibet”.  I mean, I have no question about the article itself, but the seven photos that accompany this article clearly show South East Asian police instead of Chinese police putting down protest. If you dont have the photos, you can just leave them blank. These photos dont add any credibility to the article at all…


Several readers wrote in about this. There was certainly no attempt to confuse anybody. There were seven very dramatic photos in this slideshow, and the captions for each made very clear they were taken at a demonstration that day at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. In addition, you will note that the second paragraph of the story refers to “a string of marches around the world…” GBU Editor

The name of the game…


Brakes hit for Corvette honors

corvette-180.jpgOther measures put on hold include a proposal to name Kentucky Fried Chicken as the official picnic food and to make cornhole — a bean bag toss game — the official state game.

Great article, but around here (Illinois) “cornhole” is a euphisim for anal sex. Some one had better check their style book.Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had in a long time.