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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
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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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