A Huffington Post news article speculates that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might be running for President of the World Bank. The article adds that “The head of the IMF has always been a European and the World Bank presidency has always been held by an American.” Is the Huffington Post correct?
The answer is yes, according to Wikipedia, and it’s the correct answer. This is another reason to use that website as a good start for a research. While there are two Americans on the list – Anne Osborn Krueger and John Lipsky – they were acting Managing Directors, meaning that they were temporary replacements to Horst Köhler and Dominique Strauss-Kahn respectively. Acting Managing Directors are not included in the International Monetary Fund’s list of Managing Directors so in the eyes of history they will be nothing further than just acting Managing Directors.
However, in my opinion, an improvement to this well written article would be to add that information – that acting Managing Directors have always been Americans, which is an interesting fact to make a note of.
My conclusion is that the Huffington Post’s article wasn’t an act of bad journalism but good journalism that, with the addition of my suggested improvement, had the potential to become an excellent journalism. When people read news articles they don’t have time to conduct their research checking the trustworthiness of the information provided to them, or know more about it, and therefore rely to a great extent on the journalists’ reports. That’s what I have been doing as Political Correspondent for Canaiden LLC’s ConnecticutPlus.com – making sure that people are as informed on Connecticut politics as possible. What do you think?