Associated Press has become tool of right-wing

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    Sep 04, 2008 4:37 AM GMT
    Read below ... MoveOn.org has an excellent campaign monitoring the conservative slant in the media that has been giving McCain a free ride:

    Dear Friends,

    Last night, the Associated Press wrote a story bound to misinform voters. Writing about McCain's vice presidential pick, the AP claimed, "Many liberals are belittling the choice, suggesting that as a mother of five children...she has neither the time nor the experience to become vice president." But they couldn't quote a single Democrat saying anything like that.

    Writing a whole story based on an unsubstantiated premise is not credible journalism. Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a well-documented string of AP articles slanted against Democrats and in favor of John McCain.2

    Ron Fournier, the AP's new Washington Bureau chief, may be the source of the problem. Fournier's objectivity recently came into question after revelations that he talked to the McCain campaign last year about becoming a senior political adviser.3 Congress even found an email he wrote in 2004 telling Karl Rove to "Keep up the fight."4

    Can you email the AP's Ron Fournier and his two bosses? Tell them that the public is depending on the AP to provide unbiased 2008 election reporting, and the pro-Republican bias of Ron Fournier's bureau is becoming obvious. It must stop.


    Here are their emails:


    Ron Fournier, AP Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, rfournier@ap.org
    Michael Oreskes, AP Managing Editor, moreskes@ap.org
    Kathleen Carroll, AP Executive Editor, at kcarroll@ap.org

    The most effective emails are those that are factual, well reasoned, and polite.

    Under Fournier's leadership, the AP has increasingly moved from straight news to commentary slanted against Democrats. Some stories written by Fournier about Democrats this election cycle include: "Biden pick shows lack of confidence," "Sen. Hillary Clinton an Artful Dodger," "Obama walks arrogance line," and "Clinton's Politics of Pity."5

    A recent report by media watchdog group Media Matters showed no equal attacks by Fournier on Republicans. In fact, he wrote only one negative piece about Republicans during the entire presidential primary—and that was criticizing Mitt Romney for beating John McCain in the Michigan primary!6

    And just last week, the AP belittled Barack Obama's convention speech—despite praise by newspapers around the country and even top Republicans.7 MSNBC's Keith Olbermann said their analysis "strikes me as having borne no resemblance to the speech that you and I just watched. None whatsoever...[It's] a remarkable failure of that news organization."8 Enough is enough.

    Can you email the AP's Ron Fournier and his two bosses? Let them know we need unbiased reporting from the AP during this important election, and that Ron Fournier's bureau must stop its pattern of attacking Democrats and favoring John McCain.


    Here are their emails:


    Ron Fournier, AP Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, rfournier@ap.org
    Michael Oreskes, AP Managing Editor, moreskes@ap.org
    Kathleen Carroll, AP Executive Editor, at kcarroll@ap.org

    Thanks for all you do to hold the media accountable.

    –Adam G., Noah, Nita, Justin, and the rest of the team

    Sources:

    1. "Analysis: Palin choice scrambles left-right roles," Associated Press, September 2, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=23878&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=5
    2. "The AP has a Ron Fournier problem," Media Matters, July 22, 2008
    http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006

    3. "One of Fournier's job options: McCain," Politico.com, July 30, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4001&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=6

    4. "Fournier to Rove: 'Keep Up the Fight," TPM Election Central, July 14, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4002&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=7

    5. "Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence," Associated Press, August 23, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4083&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=8
    "Sen. Hillary Clinton an Artful Dodger," Associated Press, June 20, 2007
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4006&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=9

    "Obama walks arrogance line," Associated Press, March 17, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4007&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=10

    "AP Opinion: Clinton's politics of pity," Associated Press, February 27, 2008
    http://www.katu.com/news/16028377.html
    6. "The AP has a Ron Fournier problem," Media Matters, July 22, 2008
    http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006 "

    Analysis: Mitt won, authenticity lost," Associated Press, January 15, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4004&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=11

    7. "Analysis: Obama spares details, keeps up attacks," Associated Press, August 28, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=19130&id=13686-3448181-vy6DA0x&t=12

    "Obama makes history, vows change," Denver Post, August 29, 2008
    http://www.denverpost.com/politicswestnews/ci_10330645

    "Obama rises to historic moment," Detroit Free Press, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=19129&id=13686-3448181-vy
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    Sep 04, 2008 4:51 AM GMT
    Guiliani said that it is shameful that liberals dare say that as vice president Sarah Palin will not have enough time for her children.

    So sorry to suggest that being vice-president might be a tad time consuming. Who in this country has enough time for their kids as it is?

    And the AP...

    AP: The Worlds Local News.
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    Sep 04, 2008 11:47 AM GMT
    Here's another example of the AP's work. The beginning sounds like something out of The Onion.

    Maybe it was written by a High School intern. It reeks of the ditto machine.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 04, 2008 12:32 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said, "Guiliani said that it is shameful that liberals dare say that as vice president Sarah Palin will not have enough time for her children."

    I love how he threw that in there when neither Obama nor his campaign staff said that, nor the Democrats. It was a few pundits from the media who said it, but the Republicans found another way to lie and deceive.
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    Sep 04, 2008 1:54 PM GMT
    I keep chanting to myself, "November 4th will come, November 4th will come" and soon the world will back to its' semi-normal totally fucked up state, as opposed to what we have now which is the world's most crucial reality TV show.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 04, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    The conservative slant of the AP lately has been disgusting. They have become the FOX News of the wire services.
  • auryn

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    Sep 04, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Hell, even Dr. Laura has spoken out against her being a mother of 5 non-adult children and running this campaign.

    (hmmmm.... 5 children used in the campaign, 5 airplanes run into the ground.... icon_idea.gif campaign run into the ground... Nah, maybe it's a bit too much of a stretch...)
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    Sep 04, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    We live in a capitalist society, my friends, ruled by a Right Wing Conservative Machine. Where do you think the AP gets their funding?

    AP claims to be a non-profit organization, but that's a JOKE anymore. Take a gander at the APs board of directors. These are not small names, like the President of ABC, a Chairman of the Washington Post, as well as many other VERY LARGE news and media industries.

    As far as the non-profit arena is concerened, let's examine the recent raise for a United Way board member of $1 Million+. That certainly doesn't fall under any non-profit statutes or bi-laws that I'VE ever read.
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    Sep 05, 2008 8:26 AM GMT
    Oh kwitcherbellyakin! We Republicans have lived with a media bias against us for decades.

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    Sep 05, 2008 8:40 AM GMT
    John43620 saidOh kwitcherbellyakin! We Republicans have lived with a media bias against us for decades.


    Yep, Hearst and Murdoch and Lord Beaverbrook and Conrad Black, all practically communists.

    Stop hogging the bong, John.