Day: 2014.09.07

A Call for Roberta Rampton and Will Dunham of Reuters to Retire From Journalism

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.  President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Let us simply start with the lede from Roberta Rampton and Will Dunham of Reuters, which actually tells us the important part we need to know about:

President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to Americans and consult with lawmakers this week to sell his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, but is trying to head off public concern about another big military escapade.

Setting aside the clunky headline, “Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State”, the Reuters pair at least managed to make it through the lede without totally collapsing. But then they kept writing.

Obama said that in his remarks on Wednesday he would “describe what our game plan’s going to be.” He will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group.

Obama indicated he did not believe he needed additional authorization from Congress to carry out the plan, although he intends to consult with lawmakers and might seek approval for additional funds.

“I’m confident that I have the authorization that I need to protect the American people,” Obama said. “But I do think it’s important for Congress to understand what the plan is, to have ‘buy in,’ to debate it.”

The president, who campaigned for the White House in 2008 on getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, has struggled to articulate how he wants to address Islamic State, telling reporters last month that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to tackle the group.

Is that how it goes?

Oh, wait, our apologies; we have somehow mistakenly classified Reuters as a news organization, which rather is quite embarrassing, given the bottom-shelf melodrama of Rampton and Dunham’s “report”. This really is somewhat offensive behavior. After all, if Rampton and Dunham were real reporters, they would never have workes so hard to craft such a wilful deception. Both Roberta Rampton and Will Dunham should retire from journalism, permanently.