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The AP Changes "Boos" to "Ooohs" in Report on Bush and Clinton
Editor & Publisher ^ | 3 September 2004 | E&P Staff

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."


TOPICS: Extended News; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: ap; booed; boogate; correction; fabrication; gwb2004; lies; retraction; x42
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1 posted on 09/03/2004 9:40:17 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper
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To: BigSkyFreeper

and I don't think the AP has named the writer who wrote this lie.


2 posted on 09/03/2004 9:42:00 PM PDT by flashbunny (Hey - click on my name to see an anti-kerry bumper sticker! Do it! Now!!!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

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?


3 posted on 09/03/2004 9:42:37 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Caught in the act! The Old Media is has become a very silly joke.


4 posted on 09/03/2004 9:42:48 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Lieutenant Ricebottom, DISMISSED.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Hope Rush talks about this on Monday.


5 posted on 09/03/2004 9:43:07 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: Jeff Chandler

"Caught in the act! The Old Media is has become a very silly joke."

But more dangerous than ever.


6 posted on 09/03/2004 9:43:46 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: flashbunny

My guess would be Ron Fournier.


7 posted on 09/03/2004 9:43:57 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
The AP has failed in this feeble attempt at gluteus protectus.
8 posted on 09/03/2004 9:45:23 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Time's fun when you're having flies. -- Kermit the Frog)
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To: flashbunny
The original byline was Tom Hays. Which is confusing, b/c he works out of NYC. Was he even IN Wisconsin?
9 posted on 09/03/2004 9:45:25 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: SarahW

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?"


10 posted on 09/03/2004 9:46:58 PM PDT by flashbunny (Hey - click on my name to see an anti-kerry bumper sticker! Do it! Now!!!)
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To: SarahW

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.


11 posted on 09/03/2004 9:48:14 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: flashbunny

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).


12 posted on 09/03/2004 9:48:18 PM PDT by inkling
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To: BigSkyFreeper
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...

13 posted on 09/03/2004 9:48:44 PM PDT by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned http://spinswimming.blogspot.com)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Somebody mentioned that it was a writer who had been chastised by MRC? for writing anti-Bush stuff.


14 posted on 09/03/2004 9:50:06 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Brian Mosely

Well, I'm sure the fellow will be fired. Sure he will.


15 posted on 09/03/2004 9:52:30 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: inkling

That's the citation I saw, not Hays.


16 posted on 09/03/2004 9:53:38 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Thanks for the update. This is infuriating. Not surprising, but still infuriating.


17 posted on 09/03/2004 9:54:42 PM PDT by Gunder
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To: flashbunny

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.


18 posted on 09/03/2004 9:55:34 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: BigSkyFreeper
The Media elite.

They can't get away with this stuff anymore...   and they hate it !

Ain't it great ?

19 posted on 09/03/2004 9:56:12 PM PDT by Chaffer
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To: Brian Mosely
Awwwwright....we got a name.

Let's Roll!

BTW, B.M. - Long time no see. Keep kickin'.

20 posted on 09/03/2004 9:56:46 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Hey, KERRY! We said it to Saddam, and now to you -- If you have nothing to hide, QUIT HIDING IT!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
"citing uncertainties about how to characterize the crowd's reaction."

Just watch the film clip idiots! Pretty easy to see it was very respectful.

21 posted on 09/03/2004 9:57:01 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: SarahW; Brian Mosely
Google Search of [AP "Tom Hays"]
22 posted on 09/03/2004 9:59:14 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Hey, KERRY! We said it to Saddam, and now to you -- If you have nothing to hide, QUIT HIDING IT!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

---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.


23 posted on 09/03/2004 10:00:29 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I couldn't understand why the ABC radio news today mentioned "the crowd was surprised and went 'ooooh'". They were inserting the spin for their earlier lie right into the news story even though most listening to the news report were unaware of the earlier lie.

No news report would mention that the crowd went "oooh" normally, it is irrelevant to the story.
24 posted on 09/03/2004 10:01:01 PM PDT by Jim_Curtis (Liberals lie at the premise, accept their premise and you can only lose the argument.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

"citing uncertainties about how to characterize the crowd's reaction."

Oh yeah. I always have difficulty differentiating between Oohs and Boos. ~sarcasm off~


25 posted on 09/03/2004 10:01:34 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: AmishDude
Jonathan Last at Galley Slaves dug up the original byline -

"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"

26 posted on 09/03/2004 10:02:16 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: Jim_Curtis

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?


27 posted on 09/03/2004 10:04:14 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: SarahW

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.


28 posted on 09/03/2004 10:06:24 PM PDT by garjog
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To: claudiustg

Jayson Blair followed that advice to a "T".


29 posted on 09/03/2004 10:07:58 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: garjog; SarahW

They never seem to learn: You can survive the *bleep*-up, but you can't survive the coverup.


30 posted on 09/03/2004 10:08:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Bush took less time to find Saddam that Hillary did to find the Rose Law Firm billing records!)
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To: inkling

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


31 posted on 09/03/2004 10:08:53 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: BigSkyFreeper

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.


32 posted on 09/03/2004 10:10:00 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: BigSkyFreeper

John Ziegler speaks out on the Booing
on the Air Now!

http://www.kfi640.com/interactive/streaming.html


33 posted on 09/03/2004 10:12:39 PM PDT by Joy Angela (Kerry-Hillary-Bill The Devils Triangle)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
I think Monday's Rush is a "best of" or a guest host due to the Labor Day holiday.
34 posted on 09/03/2004 10:13:47 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("I hate going to places like Austin and Dubuque to raise large sums of money. But I have to," Kerry)
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To: Brian Mosely

Imagine the lies told gone unnoticed before the internet.


35 posted on 09/03/2004 10:14:54 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns (I'm John Kerry and I approved/disavowed this message.)
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To: SarahW
That action is worse! They knowingly covered it up.

Thank God for the New Media: Filling up the Memory Hole.

36 posted on 09/03/2004 10:15:34 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: SarahW

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.


37 posted on 09/03/2004 10:19:59 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: SarahW

Oh, Sarah, you're awesome, BTW.


38 posted on 09/03/2004 10:20:32 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Swimming through the Spin http://spinswimming.blogspot.com/2004/09/ap-bias-strikes-again.html SCREEN CAPTURE:
39 posted on 09/03/2004 10:23:26 PM PDT by crushelits
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To: SarahW; Brian Mosely
At the end of the original story Sarah linked us up to it is indeed bylined Tom Hays, but at the end it says:

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.

FWIW

40 posted on 09/03/2004 10:23:31 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: garjog
The reporter refused to admit he was an idiot at first.

It wasn't idiocy. It was intentional lying.

41 posted on 09/03/2004 10:24:49 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: SarahW

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.


42 posted on 09/03/2004 10:32:16 PM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: cyncooper
FWIW, anyone attributed as "contributing to the story" are also culpable, not just the individual who's name appears in the byline of the story.

So, there are five sets of hands who all have a history of having a Liberal media agenda, involved in this story.

43 posted on 09/03/2004 10:32:36 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: garjog

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 info@ap.org 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:
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. . .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. . . . .
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BARF!


44 posted on 09/03/2004 10:41:40 PM PDT by fhlime
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I think the vast majority wouldn't wish the sink-master any particular ill, they were probably booing McDonald's for pushing all those Big Macs on the poor fellow.

But seriously, the man occupies a place of great shame for the things he has done, and I'm sure wherever a crowd is assembled there will be some boos heard at the mention of his name. Same as when the crowd at that NYC benefit booed hitlery. Doesn't mean they wish them ill, they just want the both of them out of that place of shame, and into that place of obscurity. I hope the time comes one day when we will have trouble remembering their names, and for that matter, when they were President.

Get well soon Mr. disgraced former President, and when you are well enough to travel, please do.
45 posted on 09/03/2004 10:56:14 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (Going partly violent to the thing since Nov. 25, 2000.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
Don't be too hard on AP. They were doubtless relying on a local "stringer", not one of their regular employees. So they don't need to fire anybody. And they retracted when corrected.

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.

46 posted on 09/03/2004 10:56:49 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman

Time will tell just how long the Democrats will run with this lie on the campaign trail.


47 posted on 09/03/2004 11:01:41 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Real gun control is - all shots inside the ten ring)
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To: SarahW

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.


48 posted on 09/03/2004 11:03:12 PM PDT by CalRepublican
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To: BigSkyFreeper
The headlines should have read:

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.

49 posted on 09/03/2004 11:09:47 PM PDT by Iam1ru1-2
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To: cyncooper

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.


50 posted on 09/03/2004 11:13:23 PM PDT by SarahW
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