Reuters publishes premature obit for liberal billionaire George Soros

Reuters publishes premature obit for liberal billionaire George Soros
Rumors of Soros’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
Rumors of Soros’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

It is commonplace for news organizations to maintain obituaries for public figures in its files, updating these as necessary. It is less common for such outlets to publish the obits till the figure actually dies — but it happens.

And happen again it did, this time for billionaire liberal activist George Soros (h/t Mediaite).

Reuters jumped the gun on Thursday afternoon, publishing their file obit for Soros with X’s in place of the missing numbers. (The headline for example notes that Soros’s age at the time of his passing was XX.)

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George Soros Obit Page 4The timestamp of the post, which has since been removed, is 5:41 p.m. Within an hour of the post, the wire service recognized its error, and published the following mea culpa:

Soros obituary published in error; financier is alive

Reuters erroneously published an advance obituary of financier and philanthropist George Soros. A spokesman for Soros said that the New York-based financier is alive and well. Reuters regrets the error.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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