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Reuters Acknowledges Rubio Hit Piece is a 'Fiasco' and a 'Disgrace'
The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/27/12 | Mark Hemingway

Posted on 01/28/2012 5:03:53 AM PST by Scanian

After Daily Caller blogger Matt Lewis eviscerated a harsh Reuters story on Florida senator Marco Rubio, the wire service was forced to make five corrections.

Now Reuters is attempting damage control and conceding the story is regrettable:

One senior staffer at Reuters described the episode to me as a "fiasco," another as a "disgrace."

It was so bad, in fact, that the editors and writer involved have been asked not to talk about it. (I reached out to editors David Lindsey and Eric Walsh, but have not heard back.)

The article, by David Adams, had intended to detail why Rubio was an unlikely pick for Vice President: "Rubio may not be as coveted as Gingrich or Romney would have it appear as they press for votes in Florida, where more than 450,000 Hispanics identify themselves as Republicans," Reuters David Adams wrote. "Despite his reputation as a watchdog over federal spending, Rubio, 40, has had significant financial problems that could keep him from passing any vetting process as a potential vice presidential choice, Republican and Democratic strategists say."

But after pressure from the Rubio staff, Reuters was forced to issue corrections that quickly became a larger talking point than the article itself.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: finances; hispanics; rubio; smears

1 posted on 01/28/2012 5:03:58 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Reuters = Propaganda


2 posted on 01/28/2012 5:07:34 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Scanian

Hah! And in a flash Reuters has handed the Florida vote back to Newt. (I hope).


3 posted on 01/28/2012 5:14:07 AM PST by old and tired
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To: Scanian

Reuters accomplished their objective. The seed, however untrue, has been planted.


4 posted on 01/28/2012 5:31:14 AM PST by Straight8
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To: Scanian

The headline is misleading.

Reuters did not acknowledge the article was a “fiasco” and a “disgrace”. That comes from an unnamed source.

There’s an indication they admitted to it being ‘regrettable’ but I cannot find any statement from them to that effect.


5 posted on 01/28/2012 5:35:08 AM PST by expat1000
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To: old and tired

“And in a flash Reuters has handed the Florida vote back to Newt. (I hope).”

I am beginning to think that even more than half of the voting electorate are too stupid to make the connection.(sigh)


6 posted on 01/28/2012 5:35:53 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Scanian
That sounds like old hit pieces in which Crist and the dems used on him during his campaign. They accused him of using campaign credit cards for personal spending etc/and other accusations while he served in the legislature..(mostly political) He had not only Crist, the dems going after him but the GOP. He was bruised up for awhile until the Tea Party came and turned it around for him -He owes a lot to those people. I am sure he is not liking this.
7 posted on 01/28/2012 5:38:12 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Straight8

Yeah...the other “story” planted by the WaPo is that Rubio’s parents aren’t “real” refugees from Castro because they came after Castro was in power, went back, and came again.

Interesting, isn’t it...that the libs are all over the timing in this case, but we can’t know ANYTHING about Obama’s time in Indonesia, his adoptive father, his college life...apparently The One lived in a foreign students dorm as an undergrad...checking into any of that would be...

...”racist”.


8 posted on 01/28/2012 5:46:54 AM PST by kjo
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To: Scanian

That’s it? That’s the entire article and they said nothing about what Rubio’s “alleged” financial problems are.


9 posted on 01/28/2012 5:47:57 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: old and tired

I hope you’re right, but I am apparently missing something here. “How” will this hand the Florida vote back to Newt? I’m a Newt supporter and I’m interested.


10 posted on 01/28/2012 5:50:41 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: freeangel

I am beginning to think that even more than half of the voting electorate are too stupid to make the connection.(sigh)
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Well, I guess I’m stupid too because I’m not making the connection as to “how” this hands the FL vote back to Newt. I hope it does, but, I’m missing something here.


11 posted on 01/28/2012 5:53:12 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: no dems
ROFL. This is the actual Reuters description of the multitude of corrections they had to make on the single story:

(Link for the revised version of the story, along with the following summary of corrections, is at the original story link)

"(Removes words "and at times has had difficulty paying his mortgage," paragraph 7; removes "he did not make payments on a $100,000-plus student loan" and instead states "he did not pay down the balance of a $100,000-plus student loan," paragraph 10; removes "he was caught up in an Internal Revenue Service Investigation" and instead states "his name surfaced in an Internal Revenue Service investigation," paragraph 12; removes "voted against Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's Supreme Court nominee" and instead states "opposed President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor," paragraph 41; removes "voted against Obama's healthcare overhaul" and instead states "opposed Obama's healthcare overhaul," paragraph 41)"

12 posted on 01/28/2012 5:57:15 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (1/26/12: Replaced my drudge.rino link, with "Townhall.com". Buh bye Matt.)
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To: Scanian

Must have been a bad day at the ministry of truth. They need to do some unspeak doublegoodquick.


13 posted on 01/28/2012 6:05:54 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: expat1000

That is okay. The seed is planted that Reuters said it. DEEElicious irony.


14 posted on 01/28/2012 6:22:38 AM PST by healy61
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To: no dems
I hope you’re right, but I am apparently missing something here. “How” will this hand the Florida vote back to Newt? I’m a Newt supporter and I’m interested.

Rubio is the Cubans' man. You don't bash him and expect the Cubans to take it well. But if you're going to bash him, you at least need to be accurate. Now you've pissed off the Cubans. It's the same principle as when ABC decided to air Gingrich's disgruntled ex-wife. The news that Rubio was badmouthed by Reuters will get MUCH more play among Cuban Floridians than the original Reuters story ever did.

15 posted on 01/28/2012 6:40:48 AM PST by old and tired
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To: old and tired

I know all of that, but, the ad is not tied to RINO-Rom, so why would the FL Cubans use this ad as an excuse to vote for Newt? I dunno..... I hope you’re right, but I’m still missing something. Thanks anyhow.


16 posted on 01/28/2012 6:43:20 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: old and tired

But how does that help Newt? Rubio himself has badmouthed Newt and defended Romney in the last few days.


17 posted on 01/28/2012 6:45:22 AM PST by Humbug
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To: old and tired; All

Another thing: I don’t see how this would make the Cuban vote flock to Newt after Marco Rubio rebuked Newt for running an ad saying Mittens was “anti-immigrant”. After Rubio raised hell about it, Newt withdrew the ad. So, I’m thinking the Cuban community will follow Rubio’s “perceived” sentiments and go with the Mormon Marxist rather than Newt.

Rubio could be the Kingmaker. All he would have to do would be come out and endorse someone before Tuesday and that person will win FL and probably the nomination.


18 posted on 01/28/2012 6:51:35 AM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
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To: kjo

I’m with you.
Not so much a birther - but when moved to Columbia - and they roomed him with the Muslim Foreign nationals ....

That - to me - that is the kicker.

In 1980 timeframe - most anybody would have put “Indonesian” if they could - on their application to Ivy - just to get in.

In 1981 - why would they room the Black American kid with Foreign National Muslims? And - the real problem - if they did, he would have been the one kid they did that too. Now - in later years - the one kid roomed with foreigners - has questions about his citizenship, that are NOT easily cleared up.

Low % x Low % = Low Low Low % probability.


19 posted on 01/28/2012 7:09:15 AM PST by Eldon Tyrell (question,.)
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To: freeangel

I thought attacking Rubio was good for Newt — his supporters have been trashing him pretty good here the past week.


20 posted on 01/28/2012 7:53:20 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
The article, by David Adams, had intended to detail why Rubio was an unlikely pick for Vice President: "Rubio may not be as coveted as Gingrich or Romney would have it appear as they press for votes in Florida, where more than 450,000 Hispanics identify themselves as Republicans," Reuters David Adams wrote. "Despite his reputation as a watchdog over federal spending, Rubio, 40, has had significant financial problems that could keep him from passing any vetting process as a potential vice presidential choice, Republican and Democratic strategists say."
Thanks Scanian.
21 posted on 01/29/2012 10:54:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: All

Politically, Rubio will be a VP candidate eventually, or perhaps a Presidential nominee.

Why?

He’s Hispanic and despite the lies to the contrary, Hispanics described as entrepreneurial etc., don’t outweigh that the number one voting issue for them is Illegal Immigration. They perceive attacks on Illegals as attacks on Hispanics.

So get used to the GOP having a lot of Hispanic people involved at the national level.

Rubio really isn’t the wonder kid, he has vetting problems too...what he does have is the GOP E, including the Bushies supporting and mentoring him.

As long as he tows the line, he’ll be allowed to run and he passed a major test by swinging the H vote to Romney with his backhanding of Gingrich’s ads and ignoring all of the Romney’s attacks on Newt.


22 posted on 01/29/2012 11:06:14 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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