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Joe Emersberger: A Tale of Two Reuters Headlines on Venezuela

The content of this Reuters article by Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore was about an NGO’s claim that one police officer a day is being killed in Venezuela. On Reuters main page (see image below) the headline accurately reflected its content. However, directly linking to the article leads to a needlessly confusing headline that reads Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: I’m Glad Michael Moore is trashing American Sniper but…..

Another year, another piece of war porn wins accolades in Hollywood. Thanks to Rania Khalek, without even watching “American Sniper” you can very quickly learn what its real life “hero”, Chris Kyle, was all about. The guy was a deranged bigot and also a liar as Jesse Ventura proved in a US court where libel Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: S&P has a horrible track record and you are allowed to report it – aren’t you?

A few days ago I wondered how long it would take for a corporate news outlet to uncritically report a pronouncement by Standard & Poor after it was announced they  were suspended from the biggest part of the commercial bond market. This Reuters article by Marc Jones must be one of the first.  Jones writes Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: AP says that Leopoldo Lopez +is+ the Venezuelan Opposition

The title of  this blog post is accurate unlike the AP’s headline to an article today by Ernesto Towar. A group of ex Latin American presidents and other opposition folks demanded to meet with Leopoldo Lopez in prison and were refused. An AP headline concluded “Crisis-hit Venezuela bars ex-presidents from talks with opposition” The actual Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: What does “referred to” mean in Reuters-Speak?

Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters reported that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “referred several times” to Luis Vicente Leon of Datanalisis, an opposition-aligned polling firm, as “an important opinion-former in Venezuela.” Maduro actually referred to Luis Vicente Leon as an opposition leader – as a person who “defends capitalism” – but who is mature and reasonable enough Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Ex-CIA officer advocates Muslim-on-Muslim genocide. Gets a Free Ride from Corporate journalist.

The exchange below took place on the UK’s channel 4 News. Why didn’t Cathy Newman even attempt to respond the way a decent person should to this guy’s savagery? Perhaps she shares so much of his extreme contempt for the lives of “others” that she felt no outrage. Perhaps she was internally outraged but too Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Will Credit Agency Suspension Impact How Industry’s Pronouncements are Uncritically Reported?

Bloomberg – one of many outfits that uncritically report what big credit ratings agencies say  – especially regarding Venezuela and Argentina lately – reports this news: Credit Rater S&P to Be Banned for a Year From Biggest Part of Commercial-Bond Market The article notes “The CMBS probe is separate from a lawsuit by the Justice Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Headline: “Standing in Line a New Profession in Venezuela”

This article by Andrew Cawthorne is more balanced and thoughtful than the headline and opening few paragraphs would lead one to believe. The headline could just as easily have been “Government supporters and opponents trade allegations regarding shortages”. The arguments and counter-arguments regarding the oppositions’ role in the shortages and long line-ups are explored. Evidence is Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Golpista article by Reuters conveys “potential for a regime change in Venezuela” – UPDATED

This article is straightforward gutter journalism from Reuters ( Davide Scigliuzzo). Very thinly veiled hopes for a coup in Venezuela are served up to readers as objective political analysis. Look for whiff of skepticism about the motives of outfits like Moody’s and Stratfor. You won’t find it, or any mention of their track record. In the bad Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Does Moody’s Have a Track Record?

This article like countless others, cites one of the big credit rating agencies without mentioning their horrible track record. As I’ve said before, and will many times again I’m sure, “Moody’s not only gave AAA ratings to thousands of worthless mortgage-backed securities during the 2000s, it also gave a thumbs up to Enron and Lehman Read more…

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