There was a big “oops” by Reuters Thursday evening, officially adding itself to the list of “epic fail” media reporting this week.
At 5:41 pm Thursday, Reuters reported the death of the very much alive 82-year old George Soros.
The Reuters article is clearly the prepared future obituary many media outlets have on famous people:
By Todd Eastham WASHINGTON, XXX | Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:41pm EDT
(Reuters) – George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions.
The Washington Post reported Reuters sent a correction via Twitter saying the article was published in error and withdrawn “as soon as it appeared.”
According to the Post:
Days after 80-year-old conservative mega-financier Bob Perry died, the Reuters news agency erroneously posted an obituary for George Soros, his liberal counterpart.
Read Soros’ future obituary here thanks to Reuters: