Reuters and George Soros: Before and After

Update 7:24pm: Reuters has reverted the post back to its original story (Who’s behind the Wall Street protests?), and added a different URL to host the updated one (Soros: not a funder of Wall Street protests). So it looks like they’re running both pieces with no indication that the other one exists. Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony DeRosa said on Twitter that there was a “note added at bottom with link to original story, which should have been done in the first place” but we don’t see it at this URL. Or the other one. Got it? Yeah, we’re confused, too.

Reuters caused a bit of a stir today when they published a story connecting George Soros to Occupy Wall Street. This did not go over well, because the connection was tenuous at best, and at its worst, patently questionable.

So: Reuters changed the story. Not “corrected,” or “published a rebuttal to the original reporting,” but “changed the story.”

These are both at the same URL, with no correction or note appended at the bottom.

Before:

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The story’s lede?

Before:

Anti-Wall Street protesters say the rich are getting richer while average Americans suffer, but the group that started it all may have benefited indirectly from the largesse of one of the world’s richest men.

After:

George Soros isn’t a financial backer of the Wall Street protests, despite speculation by critics including radio host Rush Limbaugh that the billionaire investor has helped fuel the anti-capitalist movement.

The first quote attributed to Soros’ camp?

Before (fourth paragraph):

“I can understand their sentiment,” Soros told reporters last week at the United Nations about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, which are expected to spur solidarity marches globally on Saturday.

After (third paragraph):

Soros spokesman Michael Vachon said that Soros has not “funded the protests directly or indirectly.” He added: “Assertions to the contrary are an attempt by those who oppose the protesters to cast doubt on the authenticity of the movement.”

And so on. The entire thing is utterly baffling, as Reuters seems to be answering a question nobody but their reporters—who don’t fall under their labeling of “critics”—were asking.

Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon has already weighed in on the mess, noting that “Reuters cannot — must not — get a reputation as a right-wing media outlet.” #ReutersScoops has already become a mediapolitick Twitter comedy meme.

The new version—located at the same URL as the original version, with portions of the original’s text intact—is right here. But because the magic of Google Cache eventually goes away, we’ve screengrabbed the entire original story, right here:

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Comments

    1. sauna says:

      who’s a clown?

  1. I saw the original post myself. I thought it looked a little fishy at the time – apparently I wasn’t alone.

  2. This specific incident has political leanings issues, but as far as replacing things in place? This is nothing new. It’s been an embarrassing action that major, trusted news outlets do. I’ve seen it happen for AP and Reuters stories – something is changed and the ‘prime’ link is now magically different with no indication it ever happened.

    Somewhere on AP (and I assume Reuters) there’ll be a link to the original unchanged items but nobody has links to that stuff. Instead it’s just magical revamping right out of 1984. It’s a travesty and it makes me nuts. We don’t allow that crap on our local volunteer blog – if we change something it gets strikeouts. It’s basic honesty and it’s unbelievable to me it goes on at the top levels.

  3. Johnson says:

    Will someone please tell Ivanka’s father to call Jared and have this story deleted.  We don’t need people snooping around and finding out our connection to the Tides foundation.  

  4. He’s behind it. Along with the SEIU.  These are professional protesters. I’m going to keep repeating it by making my own human microphone. 

  5. Anonymous says:

    Of course Soros money is behind this. His foundations fund MOST of the radical leftist groups that are involved.

    1. silverprices says:

      I think soros and the global elite are behind occupy. i think they are waiting for people to riot so they can put them in internment camps.

  6. gold prices says:

    George Soros works for the international bankers who want a one world government. First they have to create so much chaos to have an excuse to bring in a new govt.