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Reader reaction to Reuters news

What kind of unrest?


China seeks to contain ongong Tibet unresttibet-180.jpg

I believe this is meant to be “ongoing”.


Yes. Several readers caught this one. We corrected: GBU Editor

REUTERS photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri

Mentioning race…


Detroit’s Democratic mayor indicted in sex scandal  

kilpatrick-160.jpgThe controversy surrounding the black politician once seen as a rising star in his party has deadlocked city government and become a distraction to the Democratic Party as it struggles with the issue of how to handle Michigan delegates still being contested by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. 

Please help me understand the relevance of stating that he is a “black politician.” Why did the writer feel the mayor’s race needed to be used to describe him and what does his race have to do with the charges that he is facing? I have yet to hear of Eliot Spitzer being described as the white politician when anything is written or said about the sex scandal he was involved in.I count on Reuters for unbiased, factual reporting of the news. Can I no longer expect this without racial undertones such as this being thrown in as well?

Bartender, give me a G&T…


Indonesia left deep imprint on Obama family

obama-200.jpg“She could enjoy a G&T and a good argument,” said McGlynn.

In this article about Barak Obama and his mother during their time in Indonesia, the writer quotes John McGlynn as saying “She could enjoy a G&T and a good argument.” I think it would have been appropriate to explain what is meant by G&T. Is it “give and take” as in a discussion or,  perhaps, “gin and tonic”?

A good general rule is “Always DYA (define your acronyms)”.


Yes, we meant gin and tonic, and we should have made that clear: GBU Editor

REUTERS/Obama For America/Handout

Which one is Eliot?


spitzer-180.jpgNew York Governor Eliot Spitzer (R) stands next to his wife Silda Wall Spitzer as he announces his resignation at his office in New York March 12, 2008. Spitzer faced pressure to quit since it was reported earlier in the week that he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute at a Washington hotel last month.

The caption is incorrect and being sent to the world. I think you should issue a correction ASAP. Eliot Spitzer is a DEMOCRAT and NOT a REPUBLICAN; therefore, the (R) should be a (D).