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Say no to AP's shoddy work
Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, December 3, 2006 | Say no to AP’s shoddy work

Posted on 12/03/2006 4:18:27 AM PST by Radix

When a company defrauds its customers, or delivers shoddy goods, the customers sooner or later are going to take their business elsewhere. But if that company has a virtual monopoly, and offers something its customers must have, they may have no choice but to keep taking it.

That’s when the customers, en masse, need to raise a stink. That’s when someone else with the resources needs to seriously consider whether the time is ripe to compete.

The Associated Press is embroiled in a scandal. Conservative bloggers, the new media watchdogs, lifted a rock at the AP.

Curt at Floppingaces,, led the charge. He thought there was something strange about an AP report, and took a second look at it, then a third look. He and others blew the lid off it. The AP is making up war crimes. But the resulting stink in the blogosphere has barely wrinkled a nose in the mainstream press. The ethics-obsessed Poynter Institute seems to be oblivious to it.

It has to do with the AP’s Iraqi stringers and an oft-quoted Iraqi police captain named Jamil Hussein. Problem is, the Iraqi police say Capt. Hussein does not exist. The Iraqi police and U.S. military say an incident described in an AP report - Iraqi soldiers standing by as people were burned alive in a mosque - didn’t happen. Another AP-reported incident, U.S. soldiers shooting 11 civilians, also never happened, the military says.

When the AP was forced to acknowledge this situation, it did so in a story about a new Interior Ministry policy regarding false reports. The AP buried the fact that its own false report prompted this new policy.

The AP stands by its reporting.. The AP has cast “Capt. Jamil Hussein” simply as someone not authorized to speak, and AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll has sniffed morally: “Good reporting relies on more than government-approved sources.”

The AP has another Iraqi stringer problem. Photographer Bilal Hussein is in U.S. custody, and the AP has been clamoring indignantly for his release. AP reports have buried the U.S. explanation that Hussein is being held without charge because - quite aside from producing photos that showed him to be overly intimate with terrorists in Fallujah - he was in an al-Qaeda bomb factory, with an al-Qaeda bombmaker, with traces of explosives on his person when he was arrested.

The AP, of course, has been delivering unbalanced reports about U.S. national politics for some time, as when President Bush, whom AP reporters despise, is barely allowed to state his case on an issue before his critics are given twice as much space to pummel him. The AP, once a just-the-facts news delivery service, has lost its rudder. It has become a partisan, anti-American news agency that seeks to undercut a wartime president and American soldiers in the field. It is providing fraudulent, shoddy goods. It doesn’t even recognize it has a problem.

This is the point at which, another big American industry learned, people start buying Japanese. But as an American newspaper, if you want to provide your readers with affordable regional, national and international news, you have to deal with the AP.

If newspapers don’t have an alternative, readers do. It’s called the Internet. That’s why newspapers, if they don’t want to be dragged further into irrelevance and disrepute, have to tell The Associated Press they are dissatisfied with its product.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bias; journalism; mediafraud; war
Crittenden was an embedded reporter with troops invading Baghdad in March 2003.
1 posted on 12/03/2006 4:18:30 AM PST by Radix
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To: Radix
Related link:

Bombshell: Centcom says AP’s Iraqi police source isn’t Iraqi police

2 posted on 12/03/2006 4:22:51 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

UPDATE: AP Replies to New Claims Against Disputed Iraq Story

3 posted on 12/03/2006 4:24:09 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Radix

I've said it before and I'll say it again...

ap=al qaeda press


4 posted on 12/03/2006 4:26:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: Radix
Take your business elsewhere? Where? AP is ubiquitous.

No organization is perfect, especially one as big as AP. I'm certain they have internal mechanisms for correcting mistakes and improving accuracy, but, for me, I'll take it raw.

And yes, I had to check the spelling and confirm the definition of ubiquitous.
5 posted on 12/03/2006 4:30:28 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Their problem integral to the structure of the organization. They probably cannot be reformed. They need to be replaced. As demand for a less agenda driven, biased source of news increases, a way to replace them will be found.

6 posted on 12/03/2006 5:22:02 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Radix

ap = mouthpiece of the lib/dem anti-americans that support al-queda socialist/communist - anything/everything anti-american!!!

7 posted on 12/03/2006 5:30:55 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: Radix

And let's not forget my favorite...

AP = Agit-Prop

8 posted on 12/03/2006 5:35:57 AM PST by ct_libertarian (We inbellyfeel Democrat duckspeak doubleplusgood! AmSoc! AmSoc! Doubleplusgood!)
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To: Radix

I hope Howie Carr covers this too! If some of us in New England bring it up he may.

9 posted on 12/03/2006 5:45:26 AM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
"The ethics-obsessed Poynter Institute seems to be oblivious to it."

The Tax Exempt Foundation, alias --Poynter, seems to be oblivious to it as it is to anything that does not match their Totally Liberal view of the world as exemplified by the 'newspaper' it owns known as the St.Pete Times (or slimes- if you read it)...... ..............However, both the tax exempt foundation and the Times practice 'diversity' and so are exempt from criticism.............

10 posted on 12/03/2006 5:58:01 AM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: leadpenny
...Take your business elsewhere? Where?...

You're right. There's not many choices.

You've got Reuters, and we saw how biased they are during the Israeli-Hezbollah war.

And you've got United Press International. They're owned by the Moonies.

11 posted on 12/03/2006 6:00:24 AM PST by FReepaholic (Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: marktwain

I think we need objective news gathering according to different, more positive criteria. It is not good for any of us to fill our minds with garbage everyday and exault the bad guys all of the time. The airwaves are filled with notoriety while the real movers and shakers remain unknown and anonymous. How else would the proposition that completely unqualified dudes be president even be raised.

12 posted on 12/03/2006 6:14:42 AM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: Radix

AP just got punched in the nose by a paper that is in its corner.

13 posted on 12/03/2006 6:14:48 AM PST by em2vn
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To: leadpenny
***Take your business elsewhere? Where? AP is ubiquitous.***

Yep and besides Ass Press being ubiquitous, they're basically a monopoly now.

UPI is almost non existent, a shell of its former self. Rooter's HQ is in London and they hate America. AFP, fugetaboutit - they're frogs and hate America too. Plus all the major newspapers pretty much shut down their Foreign Bureaus and wire services to nothing. I 'believe' the NY Slimes is the only one remaining with anything resembling a 'full staff'.

Maybe we should let Al Jazeera open here?
It would provide balance for the biased AP (semi joking. and I mean 'semi').

14 posted on 12/03/2006 6:56:52 AM PST by Condor51 (Tagline Under Construction - Kindly Wear Your Hardhat)
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To: Condor51

Ok, wave a wand and make all those organizations go away. Where you going to get your news - - Rush Limbaugh? Just about everything you read, watch or listen to, uses some form of news service. Like I said, I'll take mine raw. It'll evenutally get corrected if it needs to be.

15 posted on 12/03/2006 7:15:53 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
"Like I said, I'll take mine raw. It'll evenutally get corrected if it needs to be."

Sounds good enough for gubmint work.

I, on the other hand, resent being misinformed most of the time and talked down to all of the time. I'll stick with Mr. Limbaugh and be correctly informed 98.5 percent of the time, thank you very much.
16 posted on 12/03/2006 10:04:36 AM PST by mngalt (In a sane world the answer to energy shortages would be more electricity and oil.)
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To: leadpenny
Actually that is the whole problem. Their supposed "correcting" device do not work anymore. For example, how many people know a a local Iraqi AP stringer. In other words the source AP uses to go out and "gather" the "news" for them in Iraq was arrested and jailed for his ties to the Terrorists?

How about all the erroneous and fraudulent reporting about Israel and Lebanon in August? All the utter garbage about Haditha?

I agree better they give it to us raw. We don't need them as a filter since they distort more then then they report./p>
17 posted on 12/03/2006 12:18:48 PM PST by MNJohnnie (I do not forgive Senator John McCain for helping destroy everything we built since 1980.)
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