Skip to comments.The AP Changes "Boos" to "Ooohs" in Report on Bush and Clinton
Posted on 09/03/2004 9:40:17 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper
Published: September 03, 2004 10:00 PM EST
NEW YORK The Associated Press changed "boos" to "ooohhs" Friday afternoon in reporting on President George Bush's first statement to supporters on the heart ailment that has befallen former President Bill Clinton.
In a dispatch sent to subscribers in early afternoon, the AP reported that when Bush, at a campaign rally in West Allis, Wisconsin, told the crowd that he wished to send Clinton his "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery," the audience "of thousands booed. Bush did nothing to stop them."
Pretty damning, except that AP soon changed its story, only after the original appeared on many Web sites.
Several Web sites revealed that AP "retracted" the report "citing uncertainties about how to characterize the crowd's reaction."
The new version moved on the wire Friday described the same incident this way, after relating Bush's remarks: "The crowd reacted with applause and with some 'ooohs,' apparently surprised by the news that Clinton was ill."
A Knight Ridder/Tribune (KRT) report put it this way: "Some in Bush's audience booed when he wished Clinton well...." The AFP wire report declared that after Bush's statement "thousands of boisterous supporters clapped respectfully."
and I don't think the AP has named the writer who wrote this lie.
If they retract (a big IF), AP will note that the report was meant to say "cheers" but through a typographical error, it said "jeers." Anyone could make that mistake, no?
Caught in the act! The Old Media is has become a very silly joke.
Hope Rush talks about this on Monday.
"Caught in the act! The Old Media is has become a very silly joke."
But more dangerous than ever.
My guess would be Ron Fournier.
mark belling (milwaukee talk show host, sub for rush) said he believed the reporter was scott lindlaw. He tried calling the milwaukee ap branch and they refused to tell him who actually wrote it.
So he gave out their number and told the listeners to keep calling all the way through the weekend and just ask "what's the name?"
All he had to do was turn a TV on, which I am sure it was, but he injected his Liberal bias into the story. Doesn't matter if you happen to be in WI or NYC, you don't need to be there to report on the crowd reaction in a live shot.
I read somewhere on a blog (I forget which one) that Scott Lindlaw wrote the original piece. He has written other deeply misleading stories about Bush (what a shock).
My guess would be Ron Fournier.
No, it's been tracked back to a fellow named Tom Hays. I have the latest here. Read it all...quite a few updates...
Somebody mentioned that it was a writer who had been chastised by MRC? for writing anti-Bush stuff.
Well, I'm sure the fellow will be fired. Sure he will.
That's the citation I saw, not Hays.
Thanks for the update. This is infuriating. Not surprising, but still infuriating.
GO to the link, flashbunny.
AP apparently tried to cover tracks, but the Lexis Nexis electronic trail reveals the original byline as Tom Hays.
The original reports that Lindlaw did the story are incorrect.
BTW, B.M. - Long time no see. Keep kickin'.
Just watch the film clip idiots! Pretty easy to see it was very respectful.
---All he had to do was turn a TV on, which I am sure it was, but he injected his Liberal bias into the story. Doesn't matter if you happen to be in WI or NYC, you don't need to be there to report on the crowd reaction in a live shot.---
Abbe Hoffman said the best way to write the news was to sit in a closet and make it up.
"citing uncertainties about how to characterize the crowd's reaction."
Oh yeah. I always have difficulty differentiating between Oohs and Boos. ~sarcasm off~
"Behold the power of Lexis-Nexis. The AP was able to cover their tracks on the web, but Lexis-Nexis keeps all versions of stories which carry different time-stamps. The Hays original is preserved there in its entirety:
September 3, 2004 Friday 2:12 PM Eastern Time SECTION: INTERNATIONAL NEWS
LENGTH: 649 words
HEADLINE: Bill Clinton hospitalized with chest pains, will face bypass surgery
BYLINE: TOM HAYS; Associated Press Writer
DATELINE: NEW YORK"
Good point, Jim Curtis.
I'm glad to have any previous false impressions dispelled, but
wouldn't that be better accomplished with an AP retraction and apology?
Boos actually Ooos is sort of like the mis-report that Bush served Thanksgiving Breakfast to the troops in Iraq. The reporter refused to admit he was an idiot at first.
Jayson Blair followed that advice to a "T".
They never seem to learn: You can survive the *bleep*-up, but you can't survive the coverup.
Galley slaves dug up the Lexis Nexis cite on the orignial artlicle.
Instapundit and Spoons and even I put Lindlaws name out there.
But the Byline is Tom Hays. Since he was writing out of New York, there are probably other reporters who worked on the story... Galley slaves lists some of the others possibly responsible for the maliciously false content about the boos.
Hayes possibly was listening to a radio feed
No. You people have it all wrong. The Story from AP is now reading that Bush said he dropped out of the race, Troops are leaving Iraq to join Iran, Europe will soon liberate America from...well, America and the Moon is made of Blue Cheese.
John Ziegler speaks out on the Booing
on the Air Now!
Imagine the lies told gone unnoticed before the internet.
Thank God for the New Media: Filling up the Memory Hole.
I *thought* I remembered reading "Tom Hays" when I first saw the story this morning but by the time I went back to confirm, AP had pulled it. Thanks for the Lexus-Nexus link, we know now who needs to be fired.
Oh, Sarah, you're awesome, BTW.
Associated Press writers Ron Fournier and Frank Eltman in New York, David Hammer in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Marc Humbert in Albany, New York, contributed to this report.
It wasn't idiocy. It was intentional lying.
Hays has written many stories over the past few weeks covering the convention. None of them appeared to have any bias or slant that I can see. I would more suspect a "contributor" was at fault, as has been alledged here.
So, there are five sets of hands who all have a history of having a Liberal media agenda, involved in this story.
Even worse was when the LA Times falsely reported that Bremer left Iraq without giving a farewell speech. The "reporter" then added that it was as if Bremer was ashamed to give a speech. Well, not only did Bremer definitely give a farewell speech, but it was well-received by Iraqis, according to some of the Iraqi bloggers. The LA Times finally printed a "correction" in which the "reporter" lamely stated that Bremer's speech had not been advertised, as if the world was supposed to come to the "reporter", and not the other way around. That too was crap, because Bremer's speech had not only been mentioned on CNN, but it was SEEN on CNN!
Anyway, an email to email@example.com with a request that it be forwarded to Tom Hays (our prime suspect, I guess) might get something worthwhile accomplished.
This section from the original Lexis-Nexis just makes me fume:
. . .He's going to be fine," Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said at a rally in Newark, Ohio.
"But every single one of us wants to extend to him our best wishes, our prayers and our thoughts and I want you all to let a cheer out and clap that he can hear all the way to New York," Kerry said to cheers. Clinton had been expected to campaign extensively for Kerry.
President George W. Bush, campaigning in Wisconsin, wished Clinton "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery."
"He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said. Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wisconsin, booed. Bush did nothing to stop them. . . . .
Damage done, not least to AP's reputation. Not much they can do about it, either. Beside blackballing the stringer, but that's not something done publicly.
Time will tell just how long the Democrats will run with this lie on the campaign trail.
Lindlaw is on a similar story in Kight-Ridder newspapers, linked here earlier.
This crap has got to stop, now. The Bush team needs to fire off a strongly worded letter to both agencies demand an apology.
This was intentional deceit--and the line "Bush did nothing to stop them," was literally dripping with contempt and derision.
Fox or somebody has to get this out there. This completely discredits the AP.
Kerry reported that the Bush supporters Booed when President Bush asked everyone to pray for Clinton, but later recanted his his statement saying that he didn't say that at all, that it was the Swift Boat Crew members who were trashing him that gave that report to AP under the guise that it was from Kerry.
Jonathan Last at Galley Slaves noted them in the piece I linked to....He remarks that the reputation of all are on the line. I want to know who is responsible. He should be fired.
AP needs to make an apology and put a specific retraction over the wires.
Many places are still reporting and printing stories that indicate the corwd, or some in the corwd were booing.
There was no booing according to eyewitnesses, none on the audio tapes or video. If there was any bad behaviour it was de minimis and one would hardly expect President Bush to notice it over the cheers, since nobody else can.