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November 08, 2005

UPI's Annual Omission

It's almost Monday, Nov. 14, which means it's nearly time to mark guess what event. Don't know? Here's a hint: Check the UPI Almanac in a week.

For the last few years, at this time, UPI's Almanac has been dutifully noting that:

In 1984, former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to court in New York with a $50 million libel suit against Time magazine. He lost after a two-month trial.

Technically, true, but as UPI explained back on Sept. 26, 1985:

A six-member jury in New York found that Time's report was not true and had defamed Sharon. But the jury ruled the magazine had not acted with malice, which public figures must prove to win a libel suit.

There's nothing like giving just enough information to give readers the totally wrong conclusion.

Posted by TS at November 8, 2005 06:38 AM

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