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FR Exclusive: AP SPIKES JOHN O'NEILL - SWIFT BOAT VETS STORY
Tuesday, May 4, 2004 | Kristinn

Posted on 05/04/2004 6:47:21 PM PDT by kristinn

The Associated Press has spiked reporting on the press conference this morning in Washington, D.C. by John O'Neill and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth where they accused fellow Vietnam veteran and Swift boat unit member Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the presumed Democratic party nominee for president, of being "unfit to be commander in chief."

The stunning revelation was confirmed by the AP's Washington bureau this evening. A spokeswoman for the AP stated that the wire service had sent a reporter to cover the press conference. However, she said the AP decided against running a news article about it because, "It does not further the anti-Kerry Vietnam veteran story any."

Call these numbers tomorrow, not tonight because you'll just get the night staff. The decision makers work the day shift. I've already called both bureaus this evening.

The phone number for the AP's Washington, D.C. bureau is (202) 776-9400.

The phone number for the AP's New York City headquarters is (212) 621-1500. Ask to speak to the president of AP as that is who the D.C. bureau chief anwers to.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ap; assininepress; johnoneill; kerry; kerryboughtap; mediabias; mediablackout; pravda; spike; swiftboatkerry; swiftboats; swiftboatveterans; swiftboatvets; unfit
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UPI, Knight Ridder, CNSNews, National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily have all run stories about the press conference.

Watching the press conference playing on C-SPAN 2 now, it reinforces the outrage I feel that the AP is spiking this story. Again, call in the morning. Be polite, but firm and passionate if that's how you feel.

1 posted on 05/04/2004 6:47:22 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
He was marvelous on Hannity and Colmes.

He really put Colmes in his place.
2 posted on 05/04/2004 6:48:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (http://www.osurepublicans.com)
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To: kristinn
Im watching it too. It seems that a lot of the reporters are trying to tear them down allready.
3 posted on 05/04/2004 6:48:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: kristinn
Unfrikinbelievable.
4 posted on 05/04/2004 6:49:21 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Integrityrocks
>>Unfrikinbelievable.

Why? The AP is the DNC's press agent.
5 posted on 05/04/2004 6:51:36 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Life's a beach, and liberals are the sand in your swimsuit that can't be washed away.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I thought they already had one or two -- the Compost, the NYT, and the LA Slimes, for a start.
6 posted on 05/04/2004 6:53:33 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: kristinn
The Associated Press has spiked reporting on the press conference this morning in Washington, D.C. by John O'Neill and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth where they accused fellow Vietnam veteran and Swift boat unit member Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the presumed Democratic party nominee for president, of being "unfit to be commander in chief."

From what I've seen of this press conference .. I can see why they spiked it

KERRY IS TOAST

7 posted on 05/04/2004 6:53:59 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: Mo1
I have a feeling John "bandaid" Kerry just lost the vets vote.
8 posted on 05/04/2004 6:56:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: kristinn
Since when do they get to determine what is and what is not news?
9 posted on 05/04/2004 6:56:24 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: ConservativeMan55
I watched ten seconds of Colmes and had to turn off the TV. Thankfuly, FR was here and I was able to read about the O'Neill press conference.

Can you detail how O'N put Colmes in his place, please?

10 posted on 05/04/2004 6:57:30 PM PDT by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: kristinn
O'Neill said that they wrote a letter signed by EVERY SINGLE COMMANDING OFFICER over Kerry that he was unfit for the presidency.

He said the only one that didn't sign it was someone who died, and his son signed the letter.

This sort of upset Colmes.
11 posted on 05/04/2004 6:57:40 PM PDT by I still care
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To: kristinn
However, she said the AP decided against running a news article about it because, "It does not further the anti-Kerry Vietnam veteran story any."




OUTRAGEOUS!
Doesn't further the Kerry Vietnam story!

IT KILLS IT BY SUNLIGHT!
12 posted on 05/04/2004 6:57:57 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh and Benedict Arnold)
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To: ConservativeMan55
He really put Colmes in his place.

Colmes tried to jerk him around on his radio show a week or so ago, and John didn't care for it in the slightest.

13 posted on 05/04/2004 6:58:01 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: kristinn
BTTT
14 posted on 05/04/2004 6:58:10 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Take THAT Kerry and Hitlery! FREEPERS ROCK!!!!)
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To: kristinn
I'll hop on to say this

Ths Swift Boat Veterans press interview will RERUN tonight at 12:25 a.m. EDT

15 posted on 05/04/2004 6:58:49 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: I still care
...sort of upset Colmes.





His eyebrow arched, did it?
16 posted on 05/04/2004 6:59:05 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh and Benedict Arnold)
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To: OldFriend
Colmes referred to a Commander that John Kerry served under. O'N said that the guy only knew Kerry for three weeks, and that everyone in that particular group got praise.

Every single commander is now against John Kerry. There is only one commander who did not sign..and thats because he died. His son signed for him.
17 posted on 05/04/2004 6:59:40 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (http://www.osurepublicans.com)
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To: Howlin
When Kerry's people tell them what is news.
18 posted on 05/04/2004 7:01:04 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
bump
19 posted on 05/04/2004 7:01:16 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: kristinn
Hundreds of vets signed the Swift Boat complaint against Kerry. HUNDREDS!

That AP will ignore this is one more example of the Old Media's death rattle.

Prairie
20 posted on 05/04/2004 7:02:57 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Ted Rall is a waste of perfectly good oxygen.)
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To: Howlin
I'll hop on to say this

Ths Swift Boat Veterans press interview will RERUN tonight at 12:25 a.m. EDT

Where? C-SPAN? FNC?

21 posted on 05/04/2004 7:03:47 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Is Fallujah gone yet?)
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To: I still care
If Colmes was upset, then I am 100% delighted!

Prairie
22 posted on 05/04/2004 7:03:50 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Ted Rall is a waste of perfectly good oxygen.)
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To: kristinn
Bump
23 posted on 05/04/2004 7:04:17 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: I still care
Zumwalt.
24 posted on 05/04/2004 7:04:38 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
On what channel? CSpan?

Qwinn
25 posted on 05/04/2004 7:05:14 PM PDT by Qwinn
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To: Hank Rearden
CSPAN 2 at 12:25 a.m.

Talk about Must See TV.
26 posted on 05/04/2004 7:05:18 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Qwinn
Yes........CSPAN 2.
27 posted on 05/04/2004 7:05:46 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: All
John O'Neill on scarboro now.
28 posted on 05/04/2004 7:05:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: Ditter
"We'll gooooooolllleeeeee"

Imagine the media spiking a story that could harm the Politburo's selection.
29 posted on 05/04/2004 7:06:05 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63603-2004May3_2.html)
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To: kristinn
The only good reason is if Kerry asked them to hold it off until tomorow when he will give them the exclusive of his stepping down. ;-)

P.S. - You do great first hand reports, keep up the good work(s), and, Thanks.

30 posted on 05/04/2004 7:07:37 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Ernest Strada Fanclub)
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To: kristinn
John Kerry was in Viet Nam? Why hasn't this come out before? ........O'Neill has been brilliant, and prepared for the attack.
31 posted on 05/04/2004 7:08:57 PM PDT by arichtaxpayer (We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.)
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To: cripplecreek
I have a feeling John "bandaid" Kerry just lost the vets vote.

And family members of those vets

32 posted on 05/04/2004 7:09:01 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: cripplecreek
Got it ... THANKS!!
33 posted on 05/04/2004 7:09:46 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: kristinn
bump-bump-bump
34 posted on 05/04/2004 7:10:01 PM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: kristinn
I've got to wonder, the AP, CBS have yet to highlight who controls ANSWER yet they seem very concerned that "Republicans" are behind Swift Boat. GASP stop the presses!
35 posted on 05/04/2004 7:10:04 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: kristinn
Screw the AP. For the life of me I can't figure out why so many people get all bent out of shape when the AP, NYT, CNN, etc. show their true colors.
36 posted on 05/04/2004 7:10:08 PM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: kristinn
My only guess as to why Rush didn't cover this was because he hadn't seen it yet. I'm sure he'll be on it tommorow.

Dear AP Clymers;
You're getting scooped by alternate media. How does it feel?
37 posted on 05/04/2004 7:10:34 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: kristinn
O'Neill is on Scarborough Country now & Claudia Kennedy is going after him...
38 posted on 05/04/2004 7:12:21 PM PDT by pookie18
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To: StriperSniper
Thanks. Like Drudge says, every citizen a reporter.
39 posted on 05/04/2004 7:12:22 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: prairiebreeze
Hundreds of vets signed the Swift Boat complaint against Kerry. HUNDREDS!

That AP will ignore this is one more example of the Old Media's death rattle.

They aren't dying near quick enough for my liking.......
I'd really like to see a "fair and balanced" news wire.

40 posted on 05/04/2004 7:13:12 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: kristinn
Just got done watching the program! It was awesome. Kerry is toast.
41 posted on 05/04/2004 7:13:54 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Texas Eagle
The AP is the main source of national news for hundreds of local and state newspapers. Their influence isn't quite what it was, but they still dominate.
42 posted on 05/04/2004 7:15:33 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
bump
43 posted on 05/04/2004 7:15:39 PM PDT by RippleFire ("It was just a scratch")
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To: kristinn
Thanks, Kristinn. I was looking for that contact info.

Will call in the a.m. and be as polite as can be.
44 posted on 05/04/2004 7:16:04 PM PDT by Peach
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To: kristinn
The C Span rerun of today's press conference was awesome.
What a terrific group of men.

And now Lt. Gen Claudia Kennedy( Ret ) is on Joe's show defending Kerry and bemoaning

" Why is everyone talking about Vietnam ?"
" We should be talking about Iraq."

She's been a Kerry consultant since last year.
Maybe she should ask him why everyone is talking about Vietnam.
45 posted on 05/04/2004 7:16:19 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: kristinn
".....Associated Press has spiked reporting on the press conference this morning in Washington, D.C........."

CLUNK!

Thats the sound of my jaw hitting the ground.

I know, I know, I SHOULDN'T be surprized, however.......................Scumbags!

46 posted on 05/04/2004 7:19:34 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Thanks for the info. I can no longer stomach watching TV.
47 posted on 05/04/2004 7:20:33 PM PDT by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: kristinn
Screw 'em.
48 posted on 05/04/2004 7:20:40 PM PDT by Texas Eagle
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To: Brad's Gramma
Ping to Self!
49 posted on 05/04/2004 7:21:03 PM PDT by HardStarboard ( Wesley...gone. Hillary......not gone enough!)
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To: Peach
General Kennedy is on Joe's show saying discussing what Kerry did in his protest days is not relevant??

HELLO .. He could be in charge of our National Security .. IT IS RELEVENT!!!!
50 posted on 05/04/2004 7:21:58 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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