Reuters Questions Holocaust

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on December 14, 2005

Yesterday we noted that a Reuters dispatch, titled “Iran’s President Questions Holocaust,” included this sentence: “Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust.” A later version of the dispatch, however, deleted the words “Historians say” and presented the Holocaust as fact: “The Nazis killed some 6 million Jews during their 1933-1945 rule.”

But today, Reuters has a new formulation:

Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust. Regarding this widely-accepted view, Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official Iranian news agency IRNA . . .

Reuters, of course, famously forbade its “reporters” from referring to the Sept. 11 attacks as an act of terrorism. “We’re trying to treat everyone on a level playing field,” said Stephen Jukes, the “global news editor,” in September 2001. Apparently Reuters thinks Holocaust deniers are entitled to a “level playing field,” even if that means downgrading a historical fact to a “widely accepted view.”.


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Questions

What does the excerpt below tell you about the reliability of reports from the news agency Reuters?