Reuters markets itself as the “world’s largest international multimedia news provider” with a reach of over one billion people on a daily basis, according to Fox News. Its intent is to present the news in an unbiased way.
But one of its top editors is suffering a severe backlash after he attacked President Trump on Twitter following Thursday’s mass shooting at the Capital Gazette, which is not far from the Capitol.
In the tweet, Reuters Breakngviews Editor Rob Cox said that President Trump was to blame for the shooting:
“This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul,” Cox wrote in a now-deleted tweet, according to The Wrap.
When Cox realized that the shooter’s motive had nothing to do with Trump, but was based on a feud he had with the newspaper that dated back to 2012 over a defamation lawsuit, he backtracked.
Cox apologized. In a series of four tweets, he explained that he was reacting emotionally to the shooting and that his personal views “were not in keeping with the Reuters Trust Principles and my own standards for letting facts, not snap judgments, guide my understanding.”
Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler said in a statement that Cox’s tweet was “inconsistent with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles requiring journalists to maintain freedom from bias.”
“We do not condone his behavior and will take appropriate action,” the statement said.
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