AP Turns Cheers Into Boos, And Now Everybody Knows Their Name

My Northern Alliance colleague and fellow RNC blogger Hindrocket from Power Line notes a horrendous example of media bias that should shock anyone who reads the news. The Associated Press, one of the primary resources of the mainstream news media, deliberately reported false news regarding Republican reaction to Bill Clinton’s emergency bypass operation to make GOP supporters and George Bush look petty and mean-spirited:

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – President Bush (news – web sites) on Friday wished Bill Clinton (news – web sites) “best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery.” “He’s is in our thoughts and prayers,” Bush said at a campaign rally. Bush’s audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them. Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath. Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and “the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president.”

I bolded the two sentences because if you read the AP’s update, it disappeared without any explanation. Unfortunately, it was too late to keep the original report to show up in the print media, meaning if you read the newspapers, you’re going to see the original and false story. Fortunately, Drudge carries the audio from the event proving that the story is completely false.
We’ve been used to the press reporting selectively on issues in order to make John Kerry look good and George Bush look bad. We’ve watched while the press ignored the Christmas in Cambodia mythology that Kerry spewed for three decades until the blogosphere finally forced them to report it. We’ve sat back and fumed while the press has made excuse after excuse for Kerry’s collapsing campaign during this past month.
But this is far too outrageous for people to sit quietly by. It’s one thing to report selectively; it’s something completely different to write fiction and pass it off as news. The Associated Press has apparently decided to trade in its credibility with news readers and media sources in order to libel George Bush and a group of people who reacted in a most human and sympathetic fashion to the news of a political opponent’s ill health.
Bias has been an ongoing problem at the AP and American media in general. In their desperation to unseat a popular president, they’ve finally resorted to outright, bald-faced lies. Are you happy to have your airwaves and your news sources hijacked by the rabid, dishonest, and unscrupulous partisans who run the Associated Press? Because if you’re not, I would suggest you contact any news organization in your area and forward them Hindrocket’s post at Power Line if they run the original version of the story.
UPDATE: Thanks to LittleBirdie20, we have some contact information:
Mr. T. Lee Hughes
Bureau Chief
Associated Press (NS-310V)
Milwaukee
918 N 4th St
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1506
Media Phone Number: (414) 225-3580
Media Fax Number: (414) 225-3599
Editor Email: tlhughes@ap.org
Mr. Scott Lindlaw
Associated Press (NS-300I)
White House Reporter
2021 K St NW
Ste 600
Washington, DC 20006-1003
Editor Phone Number: (202) 776-9494
Media Fax Number: (202) 776-9570
Editor Email: slindlaw@ap.org
Ms. Sandy Johnson
Associated Press (NS-300I)
Bureau Chief
2021 K St NW
Ste 600
Washington, DC 20006-1003
Editor Phone Number: (202) 776-9435
Media Fax Number: (202) 776-9570
Editor Email: sjohnson@ap.org
Let them know how you feel about this outrageous incident.

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