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Feeding conspiracy theories?

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Many people are linking through Yahoo to a photo you’re running of someone in boots walking on the US flag in Zuccotti Square.

It’s a hackneyed cliche, of course, that protestors hate their country. In this case, the photo seems to have been faked. I am not a Photoshop expert, but the light looks wrong, the edges look wrong, the shadows under the boots seem wrong.

More obviously, the stripes on the flag are completely incorrect. Why are you running this photo at all? Did someone hack your website?

A photo like this destroys your credibility completely. It’s bad journalism and a threat to democracy–further, it feeds conspiracy theories on both the right and the left. As a citizen of the US, I feel angry, as a sometime reporter I feel betrayed, and as a veteran I am apalled. Pull your heads out, really.

Not on our site…

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Ron Paul vs. the “pretty boys”

The ad, not authorized by the candidate, debuted last week. It’s posted on Paul’s website and on YouTube. But Revolution Pac is looking for wider distribution. The PAC is seeking donations to buy TV time to air the spot in the crucial early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

This article states that the un-affiliated Revolution PAC ad appears on Ron Paul’s website, assumed to mean the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee website www.ronpaul2012.com. The ad does NOT appear on our website, nor does any Revolution PAC information appear there. Please make this correction, and many thanks for your attention.

The wrong results

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Running hard, Perry a tough sell in New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (Reuters) – White House hopeful Rick Perry has hit New Hampshire hard since kicking off his bid for the Republican nomination, but the tough-talking Texan will struggle to win support in this early-voting state.

A poll done for the New Hampshire Journal this week showed Romney with 36 percent support, Perry debuting strongly at 18 percent and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at 13 percent.

What’s in a nickname?

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Governor Moonbeam has big plans for California sun

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 (Reuters) – California plans to get a third of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy, but Governor “Moonbeam” Jerry Brown wants more. Soon.

The feisty 73-year-old who brings a former seminarian’s zeal to environmentalism sees green jobs reinvigorating the economy and restoring California’s position as world leader in clean energy.

Who’s unattractive?

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Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor

Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York City at the time.

Henderson, now 77, recounts in her upcoming memoir that she was cheating on her husband during the 1960s, and gave in to her better judgment when her married and unattractive friend put the moves on her over drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

He’s still not a Republican

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Today, Reuters released a report concerning Anthony Weiner and his resignation. Today’s headline reads “Amid scandal, US Republican Weiner steps down”.

Reuters writers should be very aware that former Rep. Weiner is not a Republican and is in fact a Democrat.

Michele, one “l”….

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U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) talks to the audience after the end of the first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 campaign at St. Anselms College in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Bachmann files papers to enter US White House race

MANCHESTER, N.H., June 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann said on Monday she has filed the paperwork to formally enter the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Sanctum Santorum?

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Santorum launches Republican bid for White House

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum launched a long-shot Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including a Medicare reform plan that has proved unpopular with voters.

“We’re going to be in this race and we’re in it to win,” Santorum told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview from his home state of Pennsylvania.

He’s not a Republican…

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Republican Weiner uncertain whether lewd photo was of  him

Anthony Weiner is a DEMOCRAT … YOUR HEADLINE implies he is Republican.

Duh!

Great reporting, folks!

R.M.

That was a very unfortunate one. The original headline said Rep. Weiner, meaning Representative, but on an online product it was changed to Republican.

We corrected it of course, but lots of people saw it: GBU Editor

U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) questions a witness at the U.S House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations about the health effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, September 8, 2006. REUTERS/Nicholas Roberts

Not all Palin supporters?

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Palin returns with feisty, anti-establishment speech

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Conservative Sarah Palin returned to the U.S. political arena on Saturday after several months absence with a feisty speech attacking both the establishment Republican Party and Democratic President Barack Obama and proclaiming “the 2012 elections begin here.”

In a move apparently aimed at keeping her name in the running for the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential election, Palin addressed several thousand people in Wisconsin, a state bitterly divided by a political fight over union rights.

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