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YOU Can Easily Counter The Pro-Kerry Bias of Rogue Reporters at The Associated Press

Posted on 09/04/2004 9:54:58 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul

Tom Hays' story that fabricated "boos" in response to Bush wishing Clinton a safe and speedy recovery is just the latest example of bias FOR John Kerry by rogue reporters at AP.

When the Swift Boat Veterans launched their campiagn for John Kerry to tell the truth, they held a formal press conference in DC, in the National Press Building, the home of many Washington news bureaus and close to the others.

The Associated Press signed the media attendance log, yet their reporter did NOT file a story at all. Many other media outlets did, including the LA Times. The Swift Vets had over two hundred people in Kerry's Costal Division and 18 out of 21 of those in the chain of command above him sign that they considered him Unfit For Command, but no AP story.

Kristinn Taylor called the Washington AP bureau and asked for the editor on duty. She told him that no story was filed "because it doesn't advance the story about the anti-Kerry Vietnam Veterans any", whatever that means.

So here's what you can do to bring pressure to bare on the Kerry supporters at Associated Press. Not all the people at AP are partisan, they will clean up the "dirty tricks" Terry Hunt's crowd are pulling if it's brought to their attention.

Click here and enter your zipcode. You'll get your local media. Check your local paper to see if they use AP stories, it will usually be listed under the reporter's name if it is an AP story. If they do, politely call your paper and ask to speak to the "Wire Editor" if they have someone by that title, if not, ask for the "National Editor". Explain to them the extreme bias exhibited by the pass on the Swift Boat Vets press conference and the fraudulant "boos" story. Let them know that the AP's bias reflects on them and influences your decision to buy or not buy their paper when you pass the newsstand. Bias doesn't count as news, and if the paper doesn't have news, you won't buy it.

Ask them to research your complaint and if they agree, make the AP aware that subscribes have called and made their case of AP bias to the AP's customer, an editor.

I have calmly and politely laid out the facts on a few AP stories in the past, and on their own initiative, editors have said they'd be calling their AP point of contact.

So good luck and get your your voice on the record with your local paper. If your local TV station's website uses AP stories, call them too.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; bush; camejo; cheney; dubya; edwards; election; gwb; kerry; nader

1 posted on 09/04/2004 9:54:58 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul
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To: Doctor Raoul

Good post. Local editors for your LOCAL news service care (to an extent) what they put out. Be nice.


2 posted on 09/04/2004 10:11:48 AM PDT by Drango (Kerry is french toast.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
But, be warned!! As we get closer to the election and as Kerry gets closer to where the waste of all his polo ponies goes, the ultra-left wing, neocommunist media will get worse!!

There will be outright misrepresentation, endless snide comments, allegations presented as facts, minor negative facts presented as revelation, endless Halliburto examination and any other bias the media needs to prove their loyalty to the left wing, especially, the labor unions to which they all belong!

Oh, yes, they ALL belong to a labor union, a union that loots their dues and sends them to the dems. There is no length that these left-wingers will not go to see that Bush is portrayed negatively and Traitor John is made t look an awful lot better than he really is.

3 posted on 09/04/2004 10:13:00 AM PDT by Tacis (KERRYQUIDIC - Scandal, treason, dishonor & cover-up!! Benedict Arnold had a few good months, too!!)
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To: Doctor Raoul

I promise to work on this later today. In the mean time I have written a letter of complaint to the AP boss of the offending reporter (Tom Hays)and left a voice mail for the reporter himself. The CEO's email is tcurley@ap.org.

The Milwuakee Journal-Sentinel is reporting this straight. There were 15,000 people at that rally who know the truth -- including myself. I'm not sure that the JS still has 15,000 subscribers, so they are being very carefulbrcause people in Milwaukee are very angry at being portrayed as oafs. Talk radio in Milwaukee was having a fit about this yesterday afternoon -- especially when the AP desk told the talk radio guy to shove off.

What disturbs me is that today, the AP has dropped the offending reporter's name from the story and changed the storyline from boos to ooohs. Oooohs is probably more accurate.

In truth, President Bush transformed a wildly cheering, highly partisan crowd into dead silence for a moment and then to polite applause for President Clinton's recovery. He didn't even say what was wrong -- and I don't think he mentioned surgery, but I'll have to check the transcript.

He further asked for prayers for the people of Florida who are facing down another hurricane and for the children and parents in Russia engaged in the dreadful school siege.

Those requests received more applause than Clinton's illness did, but in truth I don't think anyone in the room knew about Clinton's hospitalization before the President announced it. We had no radios in there and had been standing for more than three hours awaiting his arrival. no one around me was aware of Clinton's problem.

I was standing right in front of the podium -- a little to the left (the President's right)and taking pictures. I could hear every word that the President heard and there were no audible boos. I would have heard them, if he could have heard them. There was a gasp, and polite, but respectful, applause -- as the President requested.

It is a scurrilous libel to say that the crowd booed and the president did nothing to stop it. The President had the emotions and actions of 15,000 loving people in the palm of his hand. He directed us to cheer, and to be quiet and listen, numerous times for more than an hour; and we complied each time. Our only boos were for the stupidity of the Kerry Kamp for their votes, positions, etc. One big boo and a lotof laughter (naturally) came when the Republicans noted that the Kerry kamp had referred to Lambeau Field (home of the Green Bay Packers) as 'Lambert Field'. You just don't make a mistake like that in Wisconsin and get a way with it! We didn't see an AP story about that blunder, now did we?

There was no mention of Kerry's VN record, nor the Swift Boats -- not needed. There was plenty of red meat to satisfy the crowd.

Speaking of meat -- I think it was Congressman Mark Green who answered Kerry's charge that Bush was "all hat and no cattle" with the rejoinder that Kerry was "all Ketchup and no beef!"


4 posted on 09/04/2004 10:20:38 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Re-elect Dubya)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the update from the rally.


5 posted on 09/04/2004 10:24:09 AM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: Perlstein

c#4


6 posted on 09/04/2004 10:25:41 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"all Ketchup and no beef!"

LOL, that's a pretty good line. Reminiscent of "where's the beef?" from years gone by.

Thanks for your detailed reporting from on the scene!


7 posted on 09/04/2004 10:35:00 AM PDT by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: Doctor Raoul
At least according to an assistant editor to whom I spoke, my local paper the Torrance CA "South Bay Daily Breeze" considers the Associated Press certifiably "unbiased".

My call was in reference to AP writer Ron Fournier's "Analysis" of GWB's convention acceptance speech. This "analysis" was prominently positioned on the front page of yesterday's Breeze. Granted it was labeled "Analysis", but it was the one and only "analysis" anywhere to be seen.

To my surprise the Breeze has actually posted the column on their web site. Please judge for yourself whether a perceptible political orientation guides this "analysis".

Analysis

8 posted on 09/04/2004 10:51:56 AM PDT by hauerf
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To: Doctor Raoul

How has it been determined that Hays is absolutely the one? I've seen a couple of names bandied about, I read that AP would not give the name to Mark Belling, etc.

(I admit I'm having a hard time keeping up with all this).


9 posted on 09/04/2004 10:57:39 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.©)
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To: Tacis

"ultra-left wing, neocommunist media "

Great characterization! I'm adopting it.


10 posted on 09/04/2004 11:04:48 AM PDT by doblin
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To: JoJo Gunn
In another thread, a FReeper posted the relevant section of the NEXIS/LEXIS citation for that story. So I am pretty confident we have identified the correct individual. Of course, AP could make it clear, but like John Kerry's refusal to sign a Form 180, they have so far declined.

By the way, funny that "Kerry Doesn't Want To Do a 180, He Has Before".

11 posted on 09/04/2004 11:08:27 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (KERRY IS A POODLE: #1 He's French, #2 He's A Rich Woman's Pet, #3 He Won't Protect You)
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To: doblin
"ultra-left wing, neocommunist media"
can we start calling them neocoms?
12 posted on 09/04/2004 11:16:34 AM PDT by frankenMonkey
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To: Doctor Raoul

Excellent idea!


13 posted on 09/04/2004 11:42:20 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Mich0127; RightRules; MeekOneGOP; Peach; onyx; backhoe; Mia T; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ...

BUMP!


14 posted on 09/04/2004 11:43:05 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

I sent an email to AP from their web site. Don't know if it will make a difference but it can't hurt. Remind they why the main stream media is becoming irrelevant.


15 posted on 09/04/2004 11:46:49 AM PDT by joonbug
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To: Doctor Raoul
In another thread, a FReeper posted the relevant section of the NEXIS/LEXIS citation for that story.

The Lexis Nexis story with Hays' byline was filed about 15 minutes after a story (no byline, dateline WEST ALLIS) was filed. Hays' story appears to be an agglomeration of other stories, and was filed from NYC.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1207214/posts <-- See #97 for earlier story

16 posted on 09/04/2004 11:52:12 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: jmstein7

BTTT!!!!!!!


17 posted on 09/04/2004 12:01:12 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Cboldt

I'm glad you noted that. This is where some of my confusion rests.


18 posted on 09/04/2004 12:11:20 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.©)
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To: JoJo Gunn
Call AP's National Desk at 212-621-1600 and ask. If you are polite, they will talk to you, unless of course they have a breaking story they are working on.

Keep it polite and short, they'll asnwer questions.

19 posted on 09/04/2004 12:22:59 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (KERRY IS A POODLE: #1 He's French, #2 He's A Rich Woman's Pet, #3 He Won't Protect You)
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To: frankenMonkey

Actually, "neo" means "new". Paleo-coms fits better.


20 posted on 09/04/2004 12:23:47 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (KERRY IS A POODLE: #1 He's French, #2 He's A Rich Woman's Pet, #3 He Won't Protect You)
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To: JoJo Gunn
I'm glad you noted that. This is where some of my confusion rests.

My pleasure. It seems the majority of FReepers are attributing the story to Hays. Even if that attribution is incorrect, the AP deserves to get buried with complaints.

Really good letters here ... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1206812/posts?page=89#89

"Thank you for your quick response, but damage has already been done. How about your local news dept. doing a story about the error, why and how it happened, and who is responsible. National media need to be held accountable for errors like this, this should not just be pulled. If you listen to the audio of the rally, this is not just a simple mistake, it is a fabrication. Are you comfortable having reporters feed you stories containing this kind of error? It also affects your credibility and reputation when it's posted on your site, and you can get out ahead of it by making the error itself the story."

By FReeper 'mongrel'

21 posted on 09/04/2004 12:24:39 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Doctor Raoul

Au contraire my friend.(a little French lingo there)

I have spent months doing just that and the result is not perceptable. Perhaps the most blatent storys are edited out, but since almost all AP stories are extremely biased and since the paper has no other source for national and international news.... the AP rules.


After the election, a few good and dedicated souls need to get our heads together and go after the AP.


22 posted on 09/04/2004 12:32:26 PM PDT by bert (Peace is only halftime !)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Good post and info, Doc.


23 posted on 09/04/2004 12:36:25 PM PDT by doug from upland (John Kerry cried and asked TaRAYaz to make the SwiftVets stop)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Thank you for the email address. This is the email I just sent: I'm well aware the AP is biased towards John Kerry in this current election cycle. I am, however, extremely upset that your reporter Tom Hayes filed a blatantly false report that when President Bush told the crowd about President Clinton's illness yesterday, your reporter reported "the crowd booed and President Bush did nothing to stop them." In fact I have heard an audio tape of this and the crowd in fact applauded for President Clinton, there was no boo's heard. Since this made it's way around all mainstream media yesterday, putting an undeserved black eye on our President, I am requesting the AP not only issue a retraction but it be done on the front pages in BOLD letters. I would like to point out we expect fair and accurate reporting from our print news, whether that report is in keeping with the reporters own political views or not. You are expected to be neutral and keep personal emotion out of print. Respectfuly yours,
24 posted on 09/04/2004 12:44:47 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: joonbug

The person who wrote the false story:

Tom Hays Associated Press
212-587-8035
thays@ap.org

Tom Hays' boss:

Tom Curley, President, CEO
450 W. 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-621-7550
Fax: 212-621-6108
Email: tcurley@ap.org


25 posted on 09/04/2004 12:46:48 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123; Cboldt; Doctor Raoul; MaineRepublic; kenth; All
This is the part that bothers me, where some are saying without doubt they know who wrote it.

Don't get me wrong. I would love to do nothing more than go after the sewer diver who did this. But I want official confirmation.

In the meantime, however, we can hammer mercilessly the Disassociated Press for protecting it's blatantly biased scrivener.

I hope Rush and Hannity and Boortz and the rest will go after this in the next week.

26 posted on 09/04/2004 1:07:06 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.©)
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To: jmstein7
We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

27 posted on 09/04/2004 1:07:57 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

For what it's worth, I e-mailed Tom Hays a short while ago and expressed by displeasure.

I was polite but used the words "biased", "ridiculous" and "irresponsible" in my short missive to him.

Maybe you're right. Maybe it's high time to go straight to the top on things like this.

I am gonna e-mail the CEO of AP!


28 posted on 09/04/2004 1:11:50 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: JoJo Gunn
This is the part that bothers me, where some are saying without doubt they know who wrote it.

It bothers me a little bit, too, but hey, whatcha gonna do? We all make mistakes.

29 posted on 09/04/2004 1:37:34 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt
That little voice in one ear says to do the right thing, to not fall to their level. But in my other ear something tells me let's make the light so unbearable that the cockroach will confess or out the one who did it.

I never was good on the tightrope. I wanna mash a bug!

30 posted on 09/04/2004 2:06:45 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.©)
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To: hauerf
My call was in reference to AP writer Ron Fournier's "Analysis" of GWB's convention acceptance speech. This "analysis" was prominently positioned on the front page of yesterday's Breeze. Granted it was labeled "Analysis", but it was the one and only "analysis" anywhere to be seen.

Whenever you're talking to a newspaper editor, you should always make the point that a "news analysis" on the front page, or any other news page, is an editorial disguised as news, and the objective thing to do would be to label it "Editorial."

31 posted on 09/04/2004 2:10:07 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
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To: JoJo Gunn
That little voice in one ear says to do the right thing, to not fall to their level. But in my other ear something tells me let's make the light so unbearable that the cockroach will confess or out the one who did it.

Ohh .. I'll take the evil side of that for 100, Alex. The sentiment I was trying to express was that FReepers might be incorrecty picking on Hays as the author of the lie (hey, we all make mistakes), but in the end, that error should not be significant. At worst, it shows inattention to detail.

I advocate putting heat on all of them, knowing that the heat is incorrectly placed on all but one.

The nit I am picking is that letters to AP and Hays would be more powerful if rooted in fact. E.g. "One of your reporters authored a lie" can't be refuted -- but "Hays authored a lie" might be.

32 posted on 09/04/2004 2:16:34 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Doctor Raoul
She told him that no story was filed "because it doesn't advance the story about the anti-Kerry Vietnam Veterans any", whatever that means.

Translation: "We don't want it to advance the story about the anti-Kerry Vietnam Veterans, because it may turn some voters against our guy." How blatant can they be in their bias?

33 posted on 09/04/2004 2:52:49 PM PDT by Tabi Katz
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To: jmstein7

Thanks for the ping!


34 posted on 09/04/2004 7:15:43 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: MplsSteve

If the reporter were in a genuine search for truth, this might work. But if he were, he would have never written this blatant falsehood in the first place. There is nothing ambiguous about what he did.

Contact the CEO and, respectfully, request a report on the outcome. It's not our place to say he should be fired; but it is our duty to stand up for, and defend, truth. Words have consequences. Actions have consequences. When they don't, we're in trouble.


35 posted on 09/04/2004 7:28:07 PM PDT by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: Dont Mention the War
"Whenever you're talking to a newspaper editor, you should always make the point that a "news analysis" on the front page, or any other news page, is an editorial disguised as news..."
Indeed - and often having "high-level (and anonymous) observers" as the source(s). The situation today is that this degenerate "news" (oxymoron) policy has become prevalent - the media no longer even noting it as being "analysis."
And it is all glaringly apparent to ordinary people - who are not going to pay 50 cents or a dollar daily for opinionated rot put forth for ulterior motives (except in NY and L.A. and some other places inhabited by superior beings). Blessed is FR.
36 posted on 09/04/2004 8:00:12 PM PDT by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"all Ketchup and no beef!"


or "all Ketchup and no eggs!"


37 posted on 09/04/2004 8:05:56 PM PDT by fetts
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To: frankenMonkey

lol


38 posted on 09/04/2004 9:30:10 PM PDT by doblin
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To: Cboldt

I agree, which is why I still want confirmation. In the meantime I'm going to fire off a couple of letters to the AP later today.


39 posted on 09/04/2004 11:36:25 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.©)
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To: frankenMonkey
can we start calling them neocoms?

Just LM. Leftwing 'mainstream' - cause they aren't mainstream. Instead, that would be FR.

40 posted on 09/05/2004 4:06:40 PM PDT by sevry
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