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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

CNN Headline: "Paper: Mugabe denies he is dead"

Now, if Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe definitely said he wasn't dead, I'd probably believe him. But CNN got its report from Reuters, which seems to have gotten the story entirely from the "official" Herald newspaper in Harare. They quote Mugabe's spokesman, but again strictly from the paper, not from even having attended a press conference.

It seems to me that, on the issue of the life or death of the leader of an important African nation, that both Reuters and CNN are offering nothing more than I am--reading the news and commenting on it. Nowhere in the article is there the slightest suggestion that either news organization attempted to verify the Herald's story independently.