Friday, September 03, 2004

AP lies, slanders Bush

This has been running around the blogs all day, and I feel obligated to share it with you:

The AP ran this story:


WEST ALLIS, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday wished Bill Clinton (news - web sites) "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery." "He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally. Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them. Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath. Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and "the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president." (emphasis mine)

Note the sentences in bold. There was no booing. In fact, if you listen to the audio, there is actually cheering! This isn't just spinning the news, this is making it up! Well, after this small fact began to spread, the story was edited, removing the offending sentences. The AP has yet to issue an apology, and I doubt one will be forthcoming. Another story to add to the case against the liberal media...

(For a better written and more complete telling of this story, visit PowerLine)

UPDATE:

Order of events: (from Galley Slaves)
The Associated Press
(1) Puts out a story with falsified reporting;
(2) Pulls the story;
(3) Removes the faulty reporting;
(4) Makes no note of its mistake; and then
(5) Pulls the byline of the reporter who made the error.

Hmmm... one might think that they pulled Tom Hays's byline to protect him. Apparently they can't allow him to take the heat for his own misdeeds, i.e. MAKING CRAP UP!!! Too bad the original version will survive forever in the LexisNexis database. =)

UPDATE 2: Apparently Tom Hays was not actually at the rally, but recieved his information from Scott Lindlaw (another AP reporter). Whichever is actually responsible for this slanderous accusation of booing should be fired.

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