The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Reuters must have set a record today for bias: A Reuters news article that quoted Oklahoma senator James Inhofe conducted opposition research on him.

By Deborah Zabarenko

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As others condemned the reported abuse of Iraqi prisoners, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe expressed outrage at the outcry over the scandal and took aim at "humanitarian do-gooders" investigating American troops.


"I am also outraged that we have so many humanitarian do-gooders right now crawling all over these prisons looking for human rights violations, while our troops, our heroes are fighting and dying," he said.

"These prisoners, you know they're not there for traffic violations," said Inhofe, whose senatorial Web site describes him as an advocate of "Oklahoma values."

"If they're in cellblock 1-A or 1-B, these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents. Many of them probably have American blood on their hands and here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals."

Cindy Shea, 41, who works in advertising in Edmond, Oklahoma, said of Inhofe's comments: "I wouldn't say those are Oklahoma values. ... I don't think Oklahomans believe in injustice to anybody. I don't think the treatment there is reflective of the values held by the majority of Americans. I think what happened there is horrendous. It's the biggest mess ever."

What does the Reuters website say about Reuters' values?

Reuters news operations are based on the company’s Trust Principles which stipulate that the integrity, independence and freedom from bias of Reuters must be upheld at all times.

Reuters has strict policies in place to ensure adherence to these principles. We are committed to accurate and balanced reporting. Errors of fact are always promptly corrected and clearly published.

Floyd McWilliams, 36, who works in computer software in Woodside, California, said of Zabarenko's article: "I wouldn't say that digging through Inofe's website to try to find quotes to make him look like a hypocrite is indicative of freedom from bias.

But then, what can you expect of a news service that can't bring itself to use the word "terrorist"? It's the biggest mess ever."



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