Another Stupid Headline

Here's what happens when a "professional" news agency doesn't think through the wording they use. The concept is sad, yet their choice of words evokes a laugh:

For the visually impaired, the headline on the Reuters news wire site reads: IRAQ: Children living without limbs lack support. The best part is the disclaimer under the headline: "Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article".

The original source is marked as "IRIN", which is the "Integrated Regional Information Network", which according to them is "a humanitarian news agency covering sub-Saharan Africa, eight countries in central Asia and Iraq" run by the United Nations. IRIN updated their own site to better wording: IRAQ: Children living without limbs lack aid, but the copy on Reuters still has the original wording as of this posting.

(Reuters' Version)

Posted February 14, 2007

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