AP has not walked back its headline lie

posted at 1:50 pm on January 25, 2007 by Bryan

Last night I highlighted an AP headline that, by a plain reading, cast US and Iraqi Army troops as fighting each other on the streets of Baghdad. The story, though, had US and Iraqi troops fighting side-by-side against insurgents and taking out lots of bad guys–together. On the same team. Gung ho and all that.

Within a few hours, it appeared that the AP had walked that headline back to something more innocuous, and indeed in a version of the story it had.

But that story, like all lurid AP reports from Iraq, got picked up all over the world. Take a look at this Google News search:


Note that some newspapers altered the headline to make it more accurate–they inserted phrases like “US, Iraqi troops clash with insurgents in Baghdad,” things like that. But most didn’t.

This is how the AP is intentionally distorting our knowledge of what’s going on in Iraq. By the time the AP gets around to correcting the headline–if they ever do–the story has already run its course and headline skimmers around the world have been lied to.

That’s apparently just fine with the layers of fact checkers and editors at the Associated (with falsehoods) Press.

(thanks to BizzyBlog for the catch)

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It’s sad how news organizations are subtly, or not so subtly shifting their focus from just reporting the news, to trying to shift the publics perception of the news.

High Desert Wanderer on January 25, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I guess I should be more suprised, but I’m not.

KelliD on January 25, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Keep on ’em Bryan… This is the kind of stuff I love (well hate actually, but love catching).

One thing though… I noticed last night after you made the update, saying they’d fixed the headline, that they hadn’t. If you click on the first link in the other post, it takes you to the story with the original lying headline. They may have resubmitted the story with a corrected headline somewhere, but by following the original link you used, we can clearly see that the headline was still that original lie.

I just wish the MSM, or even Fox News would point out that this and similar things go on all the time with the AP, and it’s pushed heavily by Yahoo!’s home page (the home page of many millions of people). This sort of crap is what has put us in the situation we’re in in Iraq today, and this is the sort of crap that will continue and prevent us from winning the way we should have already and need to.

The Associated Press is evil… plain and simple. And this isn’t even getting in to Jennifer Loven’s history, or any of the other thousands of examples of sh** they try to pull.

RightWinged on January 25, 2007 at 2:54 PM

I’m not surprised either, and that’s the really upsetting part. That the media has gone so far downhill, that this sort of thing is expected.

High Desert Wanderer on January 25, 2007 at 2:57 PM

(spam filter got me?)

RightWinged on January 25, 2007 at 2:58 PM

It’s sad how news organizations are subtly, or not so subtly shifting their focus from just reporting the news, to trying to shift the publics perception of the news.

High Desert Wanderer on January 25, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Speaking of, I caught a bit of CNN last week and noticed a filler graphic that said, “CNN = Politics”. So, they are no longer just reporting on IT, they see themselves as part of IT.

ej_pez on January 25, 2007 at 2:58 PM

I would love to know how many liberals (hundreds? thousands? millions?) later repeated that headline to their friends or colleagues … spreading disinformation about the state of the conflict …

I wonder how many liberals right now believe that they saw a story about American and Iraqi military units fighting each other?

Professor Blather on January 25, 2007 at 3:05 PM

Here’s another one that is in the current news cycle:

New ethics charges for Duke prosecutor
Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. – The state bar lodged new and more serious ethics charges Wednesday against the district attorney in the Duke lacrosse case, accusing him of withholding evidence from the defense and lying to both to the court and bar investigators.

Using “for” or “with” in place of its antonym “against” is one of their favorite ways of softening realities they aren’t happy about.

Perchant on January 25, 2007 at 4:23 PM

The pathetic jihadi loving leftists who write the news headlines on the Comcast homepage managed to make the AP headline I was referring to even worse:

“Charges For D.A. In Duke Rape Case”

The inclusion of the pejorative “Duke Rape Case” along with the deceptive “For” aims to fool the uninitiated into believing that the charges are against the defendants, and they get to say they didn’t ignore the story.

Perchant on January 25, 2007 at 5:24 PM

I expected at least a stealth edit on the AP headline.

Although stealth editing might be even smarmier than their obviously biased reporting.

I’m not sure which is worse, but both happen way too often.

forest on January 25, 2007 at 5:29 PM