October 1, 2003

Reuters Watch

From Reuters: Police Open Fire to Break Up Iraqi Jobless Protest:

Police opened fire on Wednesday to break up crowds of angry jobless Iraqis -- including former soldiers -- demonstrating in Baghdad and Mosul as frustration at the country's economic woes boiled over. In another of the virtually daily attacks on occupying forces, a female U.S. soldier was killed and three of her colleagues were wounded by a bomb near a former palace of ousted leader Saddam Hussein used by the U.S. military as an army base.
You might think from those first two sentences that US troops did the shooting. But if you go here, it is clear that Iraqis did the shooting. That being the case, the first two sentences of the Reuters article have absolutely nothing to do with each other. The second sentence is completely unrelated to both the first sentence and to the headline.

Also, did the Iraqi police shoot at people or did they fire their guns in the air? Who knows? The reporter does, but he doesn't feel like telling us.

The Reuters piece doesn't lie. It's just sloppy and ambiguous. It misleadingly links unrelated facts, and it leaves the critical details fuzzy.

A high school student could report better than this.


UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, the second link in this post no longer points where it did when I posted it. The url at the other end is no longer related to this story.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 1, 2003 2:51 PM
Winner, The 2007 Weblog Awards, Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Pajamas Media BlogRoll Member



Testimonials

"I'm flattered such an excellent writer links to my stuff"
Johann Hari
Author of God Save the Queen?

"Terrific"
Andrew Sullivan
Author of Virtually Normal

"Brisk, bracing, sharp and thoughtful"
James Lileks
Author of The Gallery of Regrettable Food

"A hard-headed liberal who thinks and writes superbly"
Roger L. Simon
Author of Director's Cut

"Lively, vivid, and smart"
James Howard Kunstler
Author of The Geography of Nowhere


Contact Me

Send email to michaeltotten001 at gmail dot com


News Feeds




toysforiraq.gif



Link to Michael J. Totten with the logo button

totten_button.jpg


Tip Jar





Essays

Terror and Liberalism
Paul Berman, The American Prospect

The Men Who Would Be Orwell
Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

Looking the World in the Eye
Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic Monthly

In the Eigth Circle of Thieves
E.L. Doctorow, The Nation

Against Rationalization
Christopher Hitchens, The Nation

The Wall
Yossi Klein Halevi, The New Republic

Jihad Versus McWorld
Benjamin Barber, The Atlantic Monthly

The Sunshine Warrior
Bill Keller, The New York Times Magazine

Power and Weakness
Robert Kagan, Policy Review

The Coming Anarchy
Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic Monthly

England Your England
George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn