Well, that's embarrassing.
How macabre it must be to find out that you've passed away. At
one point, it was number four on Yahoo's (NASDAQ:
) most search list on Friday. That's especially extraordinary
when that day is Friday, April 19-where the understatement of the
year might be that it was a busy news day.
The person who supposedly died? Billionaire George Soros. The
Atlantic Wire, in a piece cleverly titled, Reuters Killed George
Soros, reported that at 5:41 p.m. Thursday, Reuters published
Soros' obituary along with the place holders that aren't yet
"(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."
If that's not news enough, the old cliché "don't speak ill of
the dead," may have fallen on deaf ears to Reuters' obituary
department. (Not that it has one but if it does, it might be
hiring a new editor) Calling a dead man "predatory" doesn't seem
very nice but the thousand-plus word piece is just getting
It makes light of the fact that he offered to help his own
mother commit suicide, but forgets to name his fiancé or any of
his five children. To top it all off, the Atlantic reports that
Reuters obviously sourced much of the information from none other
than Wikipedia. (What was that about a new editor?)
But hey, Reuters was kind of enough to issue
. Apparently it regrets publishing the piece but not the snarky
But let's be the eternal optimists. This isn't so bad, is it?
Every cloud has a silver lining and in this case, there are at
First, don't most of us want to know what will be written
about us when we die? We hope that all the good will be at the
forefront and the skeletons in our closet will be forgotten, at
least in the beginning. Soros now knows that Reuters, who wrongly
accused him of funneling money to Occupy Wall Street, doesn't
plan to give him that courtesy.
Second, maybe Soros could grab a red pen and do some editing
of his own. The least Reuters can do is be open to some rewrites.
Maybe it could try again and re-accidentally publish it. Maybe it
could mention his children.
Finally, Reuters can say, "At least we're not Bloomberg."
Remember when Bloomberg prematurely published the obituary of
Next time you make one of those embarrassing mistakes at home
or at work, you can find a bit of silver lining of your own. At
least you're not a media giant that announced the death of a man
who is number 30 on Forbes billionaire list.
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