The Associated Press is ruining its brand

posted at 1:21 pm on July 29, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

The series of terrible tweets from the AP began on July 22 when the organization rushed to promote a breaking story regarding the American intelligence community’s formal assessment of the parties involved in the July 17 attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

In fact, American officials did find a link to Russia. The AP story on America’s intelligence assessment read, “US: Russia ‘created the conditions’ for shoot-down.” Administration officials immediately embarked on a media blitz in which they corrected the mistaken impression that the White House had absolved Russia for any responsibility for that attack.

The AP’s error was followed by a flurry of corrective tweets:

The following day, the AP’s Twitter account had to contend with yet another embarrassment.

This poorly punctuated tweet caused mass confusion as users read this unfortunate sentence as the announcement of yet another tragic plane crash.

Hours later, the AP again issued a clarification:

“This was an especially regrettable lapse that drew wide attention as Dutch families awaited the return of their loved ones’ remains,” Paul Colford, the AP’s director of media relations, explained.

The latest embarrassment for the AP came today in the form of this extraordinarily biased and insulting tweet:

The suggestion in this account is that American lawmakers are practically tripping over themselves to pander, ill-advisedly, to a poorly informed public which inexplicably supports Israel in the current conflict in Gaza.

In fact, the sentiment expressed in this tweet is reflective of a historic impulse in the media to lament America’s stubborn refusal to conform to the consensus opinion in Europe. That sentiment, and the tweet which exposed it, is an indictment of the moral ambiguity that dominates newsrooms. European Jews are again fleeing the continent’s shores as anti-Semitism yields ominous violence. Some will no doubt seek refuge in the United States where the vast majority of Americans continue to support Israel.

According to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, Americans blame Hamas over Israel by a 2-10-1 margin.

The survey also showed that about 1 in 4 Americans said they thought Israel had gone “too far” in its response to the conflict — almost exactly the same percentage who took that view in previous Gaza fighting in 2009 and in Israel’s 2006 battle with the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

About half of Americans said they thought that Israel’s response in the current fighting had been about right (35%) or had not gone far enough (15%).

Those lawmakers who “fall over each other to support Israel” are, in fact, representing the majority of their constituents who also support Israel.

The AP finally corrected its error hours later with a far more neutrally worded tweet:

This string of embarrassments for AP is troubling. One or two misfires can be discounted as accidents, but three in the space of a one week is a trend.

It is now incumbent on the AP to review its social media policy and implement a change of course. Its brand as a credible wire service is on the line.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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workingclass artist on July 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The AP has been ruined and not credible for years…

OmahaConservative on July 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet

Noah just read about this in the paper. What a Progressive stooge.

faraway on July 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Maybe the problem is personnel, not policy.

myiq2xu on July 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Once a wh*re, always a wh*re.
Some are just better at masking it, with a veneer of class.

Not so, the Associated Press.

orangemtl on July 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

Given the fact that you yourself are a leftist, Noah, I am not surprised that you believe this. But the Associated Press has not been considered apolitical nor trusted for a very long time.

Shump on July 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Just now figuring this out, Mr. Rothman?

de rigueur on July 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Associated Press:

AKA
Administración de Prensa
Sentencia pila Clase Progresiva del _____
Presione spew
Boquilla de Obama
Dueño de todos los artículos, en la mayoría de los sitios y en la mayoría de los periódicos en todo el EE.UU.
Aquellos que deben ser desacreditado
Piezas

Associated Press:
AKA
Administration Press
Ruling Class Progressive pile of _____
Press spew
Mouthpiece of Obama
Owner of all articles, on most sites and in most newspapers in all of the U.S.A.
Those that must be discredited
Pieces

PappyD61 on July 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

That is some epic comedy!

MNHawk on July 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

That happened years ago.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

This is sarcasm right?

Gatsu on July 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

And here I thought it was the decades of being an organ of the DemocRAT Party ruined its reputation.

Steve Eggleston on July 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

I thought this was going to be an article about illegal aliens. #apstyleguide

blammm on July 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I think they’ve maintained their Assclown Press brand just fine.

Flange on July 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

The Associated Press is ruining its brand

Present tense Noah?

Seriously?

Correction: The AP has ruined its brand.

It was done about a decade ago. Around the same time a senior AP editor told me that their purpose / role wasn’t to report the first draft of history or events – but to ‘influence and change the world’.

Among the other ‘brands’ that have flushed any credibility – NYT, NBC, CNN, BBC, CBS, Washington Post, LA Times. Far many more are in the process of flushing it – or never had any credibility to start with (The Guardian, USA Today, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Pravda, RT, etc).

Athos on July 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

What “Brand”?

The State-Run media lost all credibility when they abandoned any objectivity they had left, and chose sides in 2008 in order to anoint Oblahblah as King.

The fact is, without the State-Run media willingly covering for him and the myriad of scandals, he never would have been re-elected in 2012.

But since the very first days of the Obama Regime, the State-Run media has been nothing but a propaganda wing for the Left, Obama and his Regime, Hamas, the Mooslim Brotherhood, and tyrants the world over.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The AP has become a subversive organization….only media types still think they are relevant.

d1carter on July 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I use to do some freelance work for AP……
This was pre-Obama days……
They were the biggest bunch of idiots to work with.
The DC office would call me in Dallas and expect me to jump up
and drive hundreds of miles to cover something and then wanted to pay
peanuts. I told them to bugger off. I still get calls from them, finally
now I can block the number…

Only dedicated leftists are left at the AP……

redguy on July 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Ruining?

Noah Rothman may be the only person on Earth who doesn’t realize what the AP has become.

Pork-Chop on July 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Who is this Noah person? Is he a former AP reporter? AP and apolitical in the same sentence suggests he is delusional.

David in ATL on July 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Administration officials immediately embarked on a media blitz in which they corrected the mistaken impression that the White House had absolved Russia for any responsibility for that attack.

The admin. has absolved Russia.

This string of embarrassments for AP is troubling. One or two misfires can be discounted as accidents, but three in the space of a one week is a trend.

It is now incumbent on the AP to review its social media policy and implement a change of course. Its brand as a credible wire service is on the line.

That the AP is biased, and uses misleading headlines is nothing new. This began years and years ago. Like the Economist, they’ve lost their reputation. They are harlots for socialism and fascist thuggery, like all the other illiberal leftists.

They have been in obama’s azz since the beginning and I hope they all choke in there. It ain’t Beluga caviar, you fools.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Who is this Noah person? Is he a former AP reporter? AP and apolitical in the same sentence suggests he is delusional.

David in ATL on July 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Ex-Mediaite type – not much difference IMHO.

Steve Eggleston on July 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

According to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, Americans blame Hamas over Israel by a 2-10-1 margin.

NotCoach on July 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Who is this Noah person? Is he a former AP reporter? AP and apolitical in the same sentence suggests he is delusional.

David in ATL on July 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

May as well be, he’s a GOP Establishment hack and apologist.

Oh, and a Romney fanboy.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The ass sociated press brand has been cheap for along time. Finally a local Christian radio station dropped them and uses SRN now. The ap is a cheerleader for his highness.

crosshugger on July 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Yes, I’m having to agree with everyone above that Noah must not have been paying attention! Maybe he was at the left-wing Mediaite too long?

Warner Todd Huston on July 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Wait, does this mean AP’s brand hasn’t been wrecked for years? It’s interesting that the usual suspect media can report the horrors without even asking why the horrors are happening. They are good at reporting events in the form of a question when it benefits their agenda and they can totally ignore the question when its contemplation is problematic for them. You can’t ask AP any questions. They can even revise their “mistakes” without explanations, leaving the matter unresolved.

Buddahpundit on July 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

LMAO

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

The news agency that uses Hamas terrorists as its stringers is ruining its brand with misleading headlines? Oh noes…

frost_ on July 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The tweet today is the difference between a long, downhill slide and a header into a empty pool — i.e., the old AP would be more subtle about their liberal biases. When you have someone posting to Twitter that “As much of world watches Gaza war in horror, members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel,” you’re not even trying to hide your bias anymore and have gone from trying to coerce people to move left from behind the scenes to basically yelling at them in 140 characters or less over what they see is the improper conduct of thinking Israel has a right to defend itself.

In a way, this is actually better in terms of transparency and showing liberal bias, because it leaves no question to the public on where the sentiments lie. But my guess is some of the more media-savvy liberals in charge at AP are going to figure this out, too, especially after some of the pro-Israel liberals still remaining in Congress started calling the AP this morning yelling about the post. It wouldn’t be a shock to find out later that AP’s added a layer of editing to their Twitter feed, so that no unabashed leftism gets through until at least 1-2 other editors have looked at it.

jon1979 on July 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I’m beginning to suspect that the main reason Noah Rothman was hired was to make Jazz Shaw look conservative…

Shump on July 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

The Associated Press is ruining its brand

Present tense Noah?

Seriously?

Correction: The AP has ruined its brand.

It was done about a decade ago. Around the same time a senior AP editor told me that their purpose / role wasn’t to report the first draft of history or events – but to ‘influence and change the world’.

Among the other ‘brands’ that have flushed any credibility – NYT, NBC, CNN, BBC, CBS, Washington Post, LA Times. Far many more are in the process of flushing it – or never had any credibility to start with (The Guardian, USA Today, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Pravda, RT, etc).

Athos on July 29, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Actually it started more than a decade ago, but that 2004 year really exposed how utterly corrupt al-AP had become.

In the summer of 2004, al-AP successfully sued the Bush White House for all of his military records.

Later that summer, an al-AP “reporter”, in a totally unethical conspiracy with a “reporter” from the LA Times and another “reporter” from the Boston Globe (which was owned by the NY Times then), managed to keep Bush’s 2004 Democrat “opponent’s” complete military history a State Secret.

No double standard there!

/

Del Dolemonte on July 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Just now figuring this out, Mr. Rothman?

de rigueur on July 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yeah. These hacks destroyed whatever little credibility they every had many years ago… if not “a couple decades” ago.

Wing Chun Man on July 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The suggestion in this account is that American lawmakers are practically tripping over themselves to pander, ill-advisedly, to a poorly informed public which inexplicably supports Israel in the current conflict in Gaza.

That tweet about lawmakers tripping over themselves to support Israel is the most honest tweet I have seen.

coolrepublica on July 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Is ruining?

Buck Farky on July 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Dear Noah,

“The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.”

Hot Air has a big social media problem. A poorly worded and misleading characterization have begun to seriously damage their coveted brand as a trusted internet outlet.

The AP is not:

a coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

No Chop Charlie on July 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

It is now incumbent on the AP to review its social media policy and implement a change of course. Its brand as a credible wire service is on the line.

Way too late for that, ship sailed a loooooong time ago.

Lord Whorfin on July 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/collecting_more_taxes_than_is_absolutely/201205.html

Collecting más impuestos que es necesario es un robo legalizado – Calvin Coolidge

Colllecting More Taxes Than Is Necessary Is Legalized Robbery–Calvin Coolidge

Think we’d ever see that quote in an Associated Press story?

PappyD61 on July 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

coolrepublica on July 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

“Agree with you” and honesty aren’t really compatible.

Buck Farky on July 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

The AP still has a “Brand”?

Another Drew on July 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Other limbs that Noah has recently gone out on:

This Obama guy may not be a very good president.
Those Hamas fellows aren’t really all that nice.
That New Coke wasn’t as good as the original formula.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

“Todo el crecimiento depende de la actividad. No hay desarrollo físico o intelectual sin esfuerzo, y el esfuerzo significa trabajo “.

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

How about that quote?

Would we ever see that quote from Calvin Coolidge in an AP story?

PappyD61 on July 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The AP has a whole, thick chapter on social media in it’s Style Guide. Maybe they should read it.

Walter L. Newton on July 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Good. Bye-bye.

warmairfan on July 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Well, hey, lookie here: At least they are professionals and not some “blogger in pajamas without an editor.” They, you know, went to school for this and stuff – they check their sources and stuff like that.
/sarc

Its brand as a credible wire service is on the line.

The line is closed, the horses have run, and their credibility left years ago. No point in locking the barn door now, is there?

DublOh7 on July 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

According to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, Americans blame Hamas over Israel by a 2-10-1 margin.

I couldn’t figure out what this meant. Clicked on the LA Times link to clarify and realized its just another sloppy proof reading lapse.

Most annoying.

Naturally Curly on July 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Trend?

How about old news?

Resist We Much on July 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Didn’t the AP on 11-22-63 print that Oswald was a member of the Tea Party?

docflash on July 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

That tweet about lawmakers tripping over themselves to support Israel is the most honest tweet I have seen.

coolrepublica on July 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

‘Spose you’d be happy if they were tripping over themselves to support Hamas, which was designated a terrorist organisation by Bill Clinton in 1997 and said just yesterday that it has no plans to live side-by-side with Israel.

Resist We Much on July 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Drudge

Top Israeli Official To Obama: ‘Leave Us Alone’…

TUNNEL TERROR…

Raid kills 5 IDF soldiers…

Gaza’s sole power station knocked out…

PHOTOS: Hamas Weaponizes Women, Children, and Animals…

US fumes over Israel’s treatment of Kerry…

Relations ‘meltdown’…

Kerry’s gigantic blunder… Hamas Leader’s House ‘Hit By Missile’…

Israel Escalating Gaza War…

No Quick End…

JPOST: ‘BEGINNINGS OF HOLOCAUST’…
OBAMA: Muslims built ‘the very fabric of our nation’…
Conflict ‘Sharpening Tensions’ Between Jews, Palestinians In USA…
Immigration crackdown in UK…

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Didn’t the AP on 11-22-63 print that Oswald was a member of the Tea Party?

docflash on July 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

They have attempted to label Oswald as a “right wing” extremist to this day. I don’t know when that meme started, but I have no doubt that’s how it’s taught in public screwals everywhere.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 2:44 PM

‘Spose you’d be happy if they were tripping over themselves to support Hamas, which was designated a terrorist organisation by Bill Clinton in 1997 and said just yesterday that it has no plans to live side-by-side with Israel.

Resist We Much on July 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

They, for intents and purposes, ARE tripping over themselves to support Hamas.

That’s why John F’ing Kerry’s first cease fire proposal was unanimously rejected by Israel, it was basically the Hamas dream list of demands, verbatim.

Meople on July 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

Mr. Rothman – I don’t know where you have been, or what you have been reading in the press, but AP totally, completely, utterly, absolutely damaged, ruined, and destroyed their reputation many years ago.

conservative educator on July 29, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Other commenters already beat this horse to death, but just cause I’m in a flaying mood…

The Associated (with terrorists) Press lost its credibility long ago. It does not have an editorial board [i.e. you will never read something "from the editors"] and yet all of its stories editorialize in their “coverage.”

If you want an example for the New York Times, check in Hot Air’s archive for a post from Ed Morrissey about Easter where the NYT gets both the original story and the correction wrong when identifying what Easter is about.

These “news” sources are so disconnected from everything but their own cocoon of ignorant secularists that even their ability to portray common knowledge accurately has been sacrificed for serving The (Democrat) Party’s interest.

BKennedy on July 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

This string of embarrassments for AP is troubling. One or two misfires can be discounted as accidents, but three in the space of a one week is a trend.

Granted, the above article is about the AP’s fails on twitter.

Seriously, though, Noah, you were more critical of the AP’s policies in your “Tale of Two Obituaries” column at your former employer…and you showed you had a spine in your “Shame on the AP” piece.

Please get with the program, Noah–and yes, I stuck up for you when you started here.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM

European Jews are again fleeing the continent’s shores as anti-Semitism yields ominous violence. Some will no doubt seek refuge in the United States where the vast majority of Americans continue to support Israel.

Ah, the irony. They will come to America where they, or at least their children, will vote 70-80% lockstep with the leftist who hate Israel, support Hamas, see moral equivalence between terrorists and Israeli self-defense and back Islamic organizations of all stripes even those preaching racist hate messages as to any and all of not just practicing Jewish religion, but of any Jewish heritage. And then they will get jobs at HBO and Comedy Central to ensure the Jews for self-destruction on a global scale crowd are reinforced by the mass media.

Kinda shocking, but then most civilizations, cultures and peoples commit suicide to various extents.

deepdiver on July 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

This will all end when the summer interns head back to class in the fall.

crosspatch on July 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

“have begun to seriously damage”

Noah, baby, where have you been?

formwiz on July 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

How many hundreds of years ago was that true?

RJL on July 29, 2014 at 3:28 PM

an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

Since when?

AP – Administration Propaganda

GarandFan on July 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Oh really, that horse has sailed. Or, “no use closing the barn doors after the boat leaves”.

jake49 on July 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

This will all end when the summer interns head back to class in the fall.

crosspatch on July 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

That’s exactly what I was thinking. They have to put some kid on that because they know how to do it. Unfortunately they don’t know enough about current events. They should have had oversight.

crankyoldlady on July 29, 2014 at 4:26 PM

The AP is ruining their brand and credibility? I didn’t know they had either.

earlgrey on July 29, 2014 at 4:33 PM

have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

Holy crap! You didn’t mean that ironically did you?

squint on July 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM

AP hasn’t been creditable since the war (mine). It has become a caricature of leftist thought and knee jerk opinion from elitist NE ‘universities’. It can’t even get a ‘man bites dog’ story right.

vnvet on July 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

How much longer does HA/Salem continue with this “Noah Experiment?”

What a putz.

pain train on July 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

How much longer does HA/Salem continue with this “Noah Experiment?”

What a putz.

pain train on July 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Yeah -to say the least. Speaking for myself, I’m done expending any time opening up any threads with his name on them.

Boy… I sure miss Erica. Talk about trading down.

Wing Chun Man on July 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Noah Rothman is ruining his brand?

22044 on July 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Dude, they’ve been called the “Associated with terrorists Press” for something like a decade and a half now. At least since they were caught photoshopping pics of an Israeli attack in Lebanon and a bunch of info showing their “stringers” in Iraq were actually terrorists giving them propaganda shots.

GWB on July 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet.

You must be new to reading. What a bizarre and pathetically credulous view of the clownishly biased liberal-activist organization that the AP has been for decades.

Jaibones on July 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

How much longer does HA/Salem continue with this “Noah Experiment?”

What a putz.

pain train on July 29, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Ditto. I think it’s time to head to Daily Caller and Breitbart for more credible writing.

Jaibones on July 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Is twitter a medium that people really give a shit about?

blue13326 on July 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Is twitter a medium that people really give a shit about?

140 symbols is enough to let the public know who’s the racist today.

PBH on July 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Associated Pravda.
(With apologies to the good ol days)

FlaMurph on July 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Did Chelsea Clinton get a new job???

notalemon on July 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Good Lord above, son, where the he11 have you been since about 2003?

That was when AP and most of the rest of the media that had bothered to pretend objectivity and threw in full force with Democrats. It began with the “Dean Dream” and his “Children’s Crusade,” which recalled for many of them their own heroic childhood fantasies of McGovern.

Once Obama came on the scene, it was love that could no longer hide.

~

But, yeah, thanks for noticing. Do you think these “iPhone” things will catch on?

Adjoran on July 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM

AP: Dirty stinking kikes render sweet little innocent Palestinian babies into steaming heaps of hamburger while US SecState Kerry pleads on bended knee with insane Knesset Jew-monsters to stop wholesale carnage.

jbspry on July 30, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Since when has the AP been trusted??

Is this news??

Sherman1864 on July 30, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Since when has the AP been trusted??

Is this news??

Sherman1864 on July 30, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Precisely! The AP has been leaning heavily left for decades!

The AP is little more than a paragraph factory, usually employing lazy, larboard-leaning bots who have no desire to actually commit real journalism.

They do little more than write “second day” stories, mostly accomplished by rewriting what some real journalist working for an actual newspaper had spent considerable time and effort researching.

After cooking up a decidedly left-wing spin to the story, the typical AP reporter will dig around for some usually anonymous source in order to nail the lid down on their lefty spin.

The risible notion that the AP has somehow just become “at risk” for ruining it’s brand, is like telling someone that driving a Pinto can only put a driver in danger if the “wrong” mechanic services it!

Trochilus on July 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM