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Gaining ground, losing ground…


Canada’s Conservatives lose ground in poll

CANADA-POLITICS/TORONTO, April 3 (Reuters) – Canada’s ruling Conservatives lost a bit of ground in an opinion poll released on Sunday, while still remaining in territory that might hand them a majority in Parliament in the May 2 federal election.

The Nanos Research tracking poll of results over three days of surveys put support for the Conservatives at 40.7 percent, down from 41.3 percent in Saturday’s survey. Support for the Liberals fell to 29.4 percent from 30.3 percent.

Your headline reads, “Conservatives lose ground in poll”.

That is an inaccurate statement, and should be removed. A drop in poll numbers overnight from 41.3% to 40.7% is well within the margin of error of the poll, and does not signal any change in support, either up or down.

Do you understand this, and if so, how can you possibly trumpet a headline that Conservative support has fallen – unless, or course, your reporters are HOPING for such a result, and are trying to influence self-fulfilling results.

Whose fists are those?


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You incorrectly headlined a video clip “Protesters pump fists at Wisconsin lawmakers.”

Those are actually Democratic lawmakers pumping fists at Republican lawmakers after the surprise vote late Thursday night in the State Assembly.

The wrong year…


Giuliani ponders 2010 presidential run


I didn’t know that 2010 is in the future and that there will be a US presidential election then.


The headline with the wrong year was up for several hours before we fixed it.

We should have filed a correction as well, but we didn’t: GBU Editor

Former U.S. Republican candidate Rudolph Giuliani speaks to the media during a news conference in a library in Bogota, November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

Bolshevik, or not?


Top Russian spy defects after betraying ring in U.S.

MEXICO TROTSKY“We know who he is and where he is,” the unidentified official was quoted as saying. “Do not doubt that a Mercader has been sent after him already.”

Ramon Mercader was the Russian agent who murdered exiled Bolshevik Leon Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico in 1940.

Palin’s opinion…


Palin tells Bernanke ‘cease and desist’-report

gbu palin 300WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin on Monday weighed in on the global debate over the Federal Reserve’s $600 billion plan to buy up government debt, suggesting Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke should “cease and desist.”

Why would Reuters, a fist class news reporting organization, run an article featuring Sarah Palin’s opinion about this?

Giving thugs a bad name?



Gay rights march in Belgrade triggers violent riots

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A gay rights parade in Belgrade erupted in violence on Sunday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with anti-gay protesters, who rioted and attacked the headquarters of the ruling parties.

gbu belgrade vertical 220Pushed back from the parade area by 5,000 police in riot gear, protesters turned to other targets, breaking into the lobby of the state television network, scaling scaffolding to try to enter parliament, smashing windows at the Austrian embassy and burning a car in front of the French embassy.

Back to civics?


FACTBOX-Twelve U.S. Senate races to watch

OBAMA/COLORADO – Democrat Michael Bennet was the Denver public school superintendent when Obama appointed him to the Senate last year to succeed Ken Salazar, who became Interior secretary.

Your story says that the President appointed Bennett to the vacant senate seat. Someone needs to go back to high school civics class.

We have a proposition for you…


Californians see green in climate law: poll

MARIJUANA/CALIFORNIAAt the same time it is embarking on an environmental plan from setting alternative energy targets to building a system for industry to trade the right to emit greenhouse gases.

Voters on November 2 must decide whether to put the plan on hold with the measure known as Proposition 19.

Erroneous beliefs?


Analysis: Lack of national Muslim leader seen in NY furor

macho obama 240One potential beacon could be President Barack Obama, the country’s first black president and the son of a Muslim father. But Obama suffers politically from the erroneous belief by some Americans that he was born outside the United States and that he, a Christian, is really a Muslim.

You need to remove the word ‘erroneous’ from this paragraph. It’s not proven one way or the other!

Obama isn’t a Republican


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President Barack Obama (R) takes his seat after an awards ceremony at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, May 1, 2010 Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

When I hovered over the image of the President, it showed his name, and then (R), signifying he is a Republican. I think you may need to correct this.