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.
Newswire service Reuters published a piece today looking to follow the money and the foundation of Occupy Wall Street. The not-at-all-subtle headline by (Reuters’ New York and Northeastern Bureau Chief) Mark Egan and correspondent Michelle Nichols’ report: “Who’s behind the Wall St. protests?” Their answer is even better: liberal billionaire George Soros. How’d they get there?
The riots in London seem finally to have subsided, but strange things are afoot stateside this week, so much so that we’re starting to wonder if Mercury, which went retrograde Aug. 3, is currently doing to the entire planet what it once did so publicly to Jeremy Piven. (Also, when does the statute of limitations Read More
Despite appearances to the contrary, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is probably not issuing grants via email spam originating from a U.K. Microsoft Live email account. A colleague at The Observer this morning received two emails purporting to grant a $900,000 George Soros Empowerment Award to the recipient. The humorous text of the email follows:
GEORGE Read More
Billionaire investor George Soros’ efforts to legalize marijuana in California appear to have been wasted. Despite a $1 million donation in support of California’s Proposition 19 and a heartfelt op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, voters have spurned the budding ballot issue.
Advocates attempted to sell the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Read More
Shortly after the publication of his Wall Street Journal editorial extolling the virtues of marijuana legalization, Bloomberg reports that billionaire money manager George Soros has donated $1 million to support California’s Proposition 19. Approval of the state referendum would make it legal to possess and grow marijuana for personal use.
Soros may have Read More
The covers of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times‘ business section today both have huge stories on Wall Street pay. And they look very different.
The Times story, “Pay of Hedge Fund Managers Roared Back Last Year,” says that the country’s top 25 hedge fund managers made $25.3 billion last year, Read More
“I think this year is just a freak year,” said the writer Salman Rushdie, during a wine-and-cheese reception at the Instituto Cervantes on Wednesday, March 25, to announce the lineup for next month’s fifth annual PEN World Voices Festival, “when just to be able to do it at all is an achievement—and Read More
In the interest of drumming up maximal funds—or "transparency"—Barack Obama‘s Presidential Inauguration Committee has released a chart (to be updated in real time) listing the names, employers, cities, and contributions of everyone who donates money to help make January 20 the best inauguration ever. The PIC won’t be accepting any more than $50,000 Read More
Liberal billionaire George Soros and members of his family have contributed a little more than $1 million into state campaign coffers since 2000, with nearly all of it going to help Democrats in the State Senate.
Already this year, George, his son Robert, Robert’s wife, Melissa, and another son, Jonathan, contributed $199,500. George, Robert Read More