September 22, 2004

TRAINED OBSERVERS

Reuters, the newsagency that won't call terrorists terrorists, is now yanking bylines from rewritten stories:

Having their bylines appear in newspapers is an unexpected bonus for news agency reporters. But now Reuters has asked Canada's largest newspaper chain to remove its writers' names from some articles.

The dispute centers on a policy adopted earlier this year by CanWest Global Communications - the publisher of 13 daily newspapers including The National Post in Toronto and The Calgary Herald, which both use Reuters dispatches - to substitute the word "terrorist" in articles for terms like "insurgents" and "rebels."

The insurgent rebel organisation known as the New York Post has been inserting "terrorist" in Reuters copy for some time. Sleepy Reuters bosses donít seem to have noticed.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 22, 2004 02:47 AM
Comments

Good for CanWest!

Posted by: Rebecca at September 22, 2004 at 03:58 AM

This on Reuters v. Canwest, from Norman Spector over at The Shotgun, blog of the Western Standard:

Remember the story of Deanna Wrenn, the Charleston, W.Va., stringer whose dispatch on Jessica Lynch the "news" service turned into an anti-American screed? "I asked Reuters to remove my byline," she said. "They didn't."

Posted by: Jim Whyte at September 22, 2004 at 05:32 AM