NEW YORK – Reversing course, the Reuters news agency has agreed to allow the display of a religious message on its Times Square building and will reevaluate the corporate policy that had prohibited it.
That could mean not only religious but also political messages on the company’s giant electronic billboard, Reuters spokesman Steve Naru said Thursday.
“The whole policy will be up for review,” he said.
The immediate effect was a victory for the United Methodist Church, which signed a $30,000 contract in September to display a series of Thanksgiving season messages, only to have Reuters revoke the deal on grounds that it violated company rules designed to “preserve its independence, integrity and freedom from bias.”
That is the funniest thing I have read this week. Reuters saying “preserve its independence, integrity and freedom from bias”, who would have known.