Reuters Sorry About Pre-Releasing Kinda Bitchy Soros Obit, Not Sorry Enough To Take It Down

from the things-are-busy dept

From our friends over at Dealbreaker, we learn that those bastions of professional journalism, Reuters, published a premature obituary for George Soros (where they left in the XXs for his age).
Upon realizing this, Reuters issued an apology, but apparently left the original story up for about an hour before someone realized that perhaps they should pull it down.
Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but it seems a little silly when people want to argue that bloggers are untrustworthy and that the mainstream media is careful about these things. Following their massive fuck up concerning the Boston Marathon bombing and then followed by stories like this, I think it's safe to note that mistakes happen across the board -- though it seems as if amateur blogs and the like often seem a lot faster about making corrections...


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    yaga (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 4:28am

    sad?

    I find it kind of sad that many news organizations have pre-written obits for many famous people so that they can try to be the first to announce it. Obviously they should spend a little more time on fact-checking and double checking what they are about to print or post online than trying to post the first obit about someone's death.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 4:33am

    What is wrong with that liberal media these days.
    /s

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 4:35am

    Re: sad?

    Ahh, the race to be the first to report the news. Any news. Any trivial, worthless crumb of news.

    Worked really well for CNN when they announced Boston arrests the other day. (Why does no one really call them out on this?)

     

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    RyanNerd (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 4:43am

    Dewey Defeats Truman

    Nothing new here. Liberal or not the media have always been a bunch of idiots.

    Unfortunately many people believe anything they read.

    Life Magazine is for those who can't read.
    Newsweek and Time are for those who can't think.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 4:55am

    George Soros died at XXX?....well at least he died in a stripper joint, it's what he would have wanted....

     

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    JarHead (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:05am

    -- though it seems as if amateur blogs and the like often seem a lot faster about making corrections...

    Well, to be fair, "amateurs" tend to be less multitasking, hence can keep a significant focus on the topic at hand. Hence errors can be more readily detected and rectified.

    Pros, however, tend to multitask a lot, and focus are divided among several topics, and not to mention the "check and balances" guideline they must adhere, which tends to be much more stricter than those adhered by amateurs (cos their names depend on it). Errors are slower to detect, and once detected, there's the check-and-recheck phase. So, in terms of error detection and correction, "amateurs" tend to be more "agile" and "robust".

    Of course this is an over generalization and simplification...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    "Hey, everyone makes mistakes, but it seems a little silly when people want to argue that bloggers are untrustworthy and that the mainstream media is careful about these things."

    You're more untrustworthy than most, Mike. Everyone makes mistakes, but most people do basic journalism before publishing articles--unlike you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:49am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    Get a fucking life.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 6:09am

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    He says that he does journalism from time to time, and of course he never explains how we're supposed to know when he's doing journalism and when he's not. Why should we believe anything he writes? Maybe he's not doing journalism.

     

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    paul, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 6:25am

    Seems fair to me

    The obit is factual. The only reason he can be a philanthropist is because he made billions by ruining the lives of millions.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 6:29am

    Re:

    "You're more untrustworthy than most, Mike. Everyone makes mistakes, but most people do basic journalism before publishing articles--unlike you."

    You're more untrustworthy than most, boy. Everyone makes mistakes, but most people do basic journalism before posting comments--unlike you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 6:31am

    Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    "He says that he does journalism from time to time, and of course he never explains how we're supposed to know when he's doing journalism and when he's not. Why should we believe anything he writes? Maybe he's not doing journalism."

    AC says that he has a brain, and of course the boy never explains how we're supposed to know when he's using it and when he's not. Why should we believe anything he writes? Maybe he's not using his brain.

     

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    RyanNerd (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 6:35am

    Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    So if Mike is offering an opinion he is lying. But if he is doing journalism only then is he telling the truth?

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 7:03am

    Re: Re: sad?

    I guess you don't watch Jon Stewart?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 7:04am

    Re: Re: sad?

    How about Reddit and Twitter's Sunil Tripathi EPIC fail? That one won't be forgotten soon.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 7:05am

    Re: Re: Re: sad?

    whoops, forgot the link

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 8:29am

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    Says the lying AC.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Apr 19th, 2013 @ 5:27am

    "Why should we believe anything he writes?"

    Sometimes I don't. But you know what? He's really good about linking, and often embedding, his sources. Why should I have to take his word on what some appeals court ruled, when I can just read the whole opinion?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 9:30am

    Re:

    Oh, I'm sorry. We should hold everyone to "journo" standards like Teri Buhl, right?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 9:45am

    Re:

    All the more reason to trust the amateurs more than the pros.

     

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    Skeptical Cynic (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 10:01am

    Journalism Standards? Meh!

    Journalism is about selling. Sure some try to find and create compelling factual pieces, but most don't have that luxury. They must produce or go away.

    Good break down of modern journalism.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/10-ugly-truths-about-modern-journalism_b361

     

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    PRMan, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 10:18am

    Surprised, Mike...

    You won't let Tim use foul language and then you come out with it here?

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 10:24am

    Re: Re: Re: sad?

    Oh, he counts for me, but you KNOW that Colbert and Stewart don't really count for the big-pants grownup world. A Times expose would be nice. Or maybe re-branding CNN as a cooking channel... we need more of those.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: sad?

    The fact that the Times or CNN doesn't do this is the reason I don't pay attention to them. And I wear big pants.

     

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    Jay (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Seems fair to me

    ... What?

     

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    Anonymous, Apr 19th, 2013 @ 3:26pm

    Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated

    I guess it was too good to be true.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Apr 19th, 2013 @ 3:56pm

    Re: Surprised, Mike...

    You won't let Tim use foul language and then you come out with it here?


    Say what?

     

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