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That McCain photo


US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

I am shocked to see that you would actually make available the John McCain debate photo with his tongue out and arms outreached. What a great way to show a meaningful image from the event. This is pitiful journalism. I am removing all of my links to Reuters news and will not be viewing any of your “journalism” in the future.

Disgusted in St. Louis

I think it’s a nice shot, and also would be a nice shot if the candidates were reversed. The picture captures a very human moment, which is when political coverage is at its best: GBU Editor

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Those Palin photos…


palin-legs-3-200.jpgpalin-legs-1-180.jpgpalin-legs-1-180.jpgI think the pictures you showed of Sarah Palin’s legs and the boys in between them were dispicable and VERY sexist.

You are supposed to be a professional news source. This is stooping to new lows. This is the kind of journalism you would expect to find in the tabloid ragsheets!

Muscular arm…



This story shows a picture of britney, and her arm looks photoshopped…

Either that or she has been injecting some powerful steroids in that one arm…


I can’t comment about steroids, but the picture was not altered. Below is another one from the same event: GBU Editor

The wrong Berry



Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the right picture of the phone in your article? Nice article, BTW.


Yes, it would have been nice. This photo was not a good choice to illustrate this story, and if we did have to use it, the caption should have made clear what readers were seeing: GBU Editor

Georgia coverage


georgia-0814-200.jpgHi, I just wanted to commend you guys for your excellent coverage of the South Ossetia conflict. Compared to other sources, your presentation has been very balanced, accurate, and not sensationalist.

You’ve presented the points of view of both sides, unlike many other outlets. Well done, keep it up.

Wrong kind of gun



Jeff Holguin of the U.S. unloads his rifle during a shooting practice ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 7, 2008. REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz

Your caption calls this a a rifle. In fact, it is a shotgun.


Several readers noticed this one. We corrected: GBU Editor

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Exceptional photo…



A woman wears a scarf to protect herself from pollution in Beijing April 18, 2008. Beijing will close factories and force 19 heavy polluters to reduce emissions by 30 percent for two months around the Olympics and Paralympics to improve air quality for athletes, a Beijing official said on Monday. REUTERS/Victor Fraile

To whom may I express an opinion about the photo by Victor Fraile/Reuters, which appeared on the front page of the NEW YORK TIMES “Week in Review” section on Sunday, August 3, 2008? Does your organization take input from readers about photos that they deem to be outstanding and — in the readers’ opinions — should be submitted as an entry for an award ?

Obama in Germany



U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama makes a speech in front of the Victory Column (Siegessaeule) in Berlin July 24, 2008.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

These people were little cutouts of different photos. These were fakes created on a computer. I cannot believe anyone actually reads your pathetic propaganda.You really think we are that stupid?

The wrong guy



The photo is Henry Paulson.  John Paulson has hair …


Sigh. Yes, wrong Paulson. We removed the photo: GBU Editor

Photo of Helms



What a despicable display of hostility on your part to run such an awful photo of a man who just died. I was no fan of Jesse Helms but show some class, for once, when it comes to conservative matters. Your liberal bias really does not flatter you!

Rich J.

Not the best photo choice, no. We replaced it with something a little better: GBU Editor