How did AP explain Hays' name being used as the reporter that filed the original story?
Well, Hays wrote the article, which was about Clinton going into the hospital. Inserted in the story was the booing business. There was also a blip about Kerry addressing his rally.
At the end it listed four additional reporters who contributed to the story but left out Lindlaw. They should have included him, obviously.
But it is not unusual for a reporter to have a story with a byline and have other reporters contribute to it. It was obvious to me from the start that the boo lie did not emanate from Hays.