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AP fires reporter, editor over McAuliffe story

posted at 3:49 pm on October 21, 2013 by

The failure was egregious, to be sure, but the political press corps will be shocked to see veteran reporter Bob Lewis given the boot for falsely reporting that Terry McAuliffe was suspected of lying to federal investigators.  His editor Dena Potter got a pink slip as well:

The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over anerroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The AP retracted the article in question roughly an hour and a half after publication, and last week, suspended its author, veteran political reporter Bob Lewis.

According to sources, Lewis has since been fired. He could not be reached for comment.

The AP has also fired Dena Potter, a Richmond-based news editor for Virginia and West Virginia.

Kudos to the AP for taking accountability seriously.  Now, when will we see that kind of accountability at HHS for blowing $400 million on a website debacle, or at State for the deaths of four Americans?

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Kudos to the AP for taking accountability seriously. Now, when will we see that kind of accountability at HHS for blowing $400 million on a website debacle, or at State for the deaths of four Americans?

C’mon, Ed. Even the AP won’t expect accountability this administration.

Bitter Clinger on October 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

*from this administration.

Bitter Clinger on October 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Yep, they sure cover their behinds when getting something wrong about a Dem, don’t they (particularly one tied so closely to the Clintons)?

Then again, I can’t blame the reporter…you can tell McAuliffe is lying whenever his lips are moving, so it was only natural to connect the dots here.

changer1701 on October 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The failure was egregious, to be sure, but the political press corps will be shocked to see veteran reporter Bob Lewis given the boot for falsely reporting that Terry McAuliffe was suspected of lying to federal investigators.

He bad mouthed a Democrat. It’s not like it was a Republican, and so they could just give him a slap on the wrist.

NotCoach on October 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I wonder what his real offence was…making a serious reporting error, or jeopardizing the election of a Democrat candidate to a governorship presently held by a “Republican”.

Let’s face it…the media has frequently published agregious falsehoods about GOP candidates nd the AP has been among the worst. I have a doubt as to whether the consequences would have been so severe had the false reporting been about Mr. Cuccinelli rather than Mr. McAuliffe.

Blaise on October 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

That will teach them to malign a Democrat!

GarandFan on October 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

AP wouldn’t fire the offenders if they had slammed Republicans or conservatives.

22044 on October 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

How many AP writers/editors have been fired for lying about Republicans in the last 10-20 years?

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Pardon me if I don’t leap for joy when this kind of one-sided ‘journalism’-thing occurs.

Midas on October 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Dummy.

He should have said his info was given to him by Lucy Ramirez at the Virginia State Fair.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I’m sure that if McAuliffe didn’t lie to investigators about this, there’s something else he’s lied to them about.

Another Drew on October 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

It’s not like it was a Republican, and so they could just give him a slap on the wrist pat on the back.

drunyan8315 on October 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

The failure was egregious, to be sure, but the political press corps will be shocked to see veteran reporter Bob Lewis given the boot for falsely reporting that Terry McAuliffe was suspected of lying to federal investigators.

He bad mouthed a Democrat. It’s not like it was a Republican, and so they could just give him a slap on the wrist.

NotCoach on October 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Both were fired because the false story got out and was out there long enough to do some damage to the Democrat before it was retracted. Rush Limbaugh 101.

Usually it happens the other way around.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM

How does Candy Crowley still have a job?

Kevin71 on October 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

If McAuliffe was a Repub they would have given them ‘atta boys’ behind the scenes.

goflyers on October 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM

It’s not like it was a Republican, and so they could just give him a slap on the wrist pat on the back.
drunyan8315 on October 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Accurate.

S. D. on October 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM

AP wouldn’t fire the offenders if they had slammed Republicans or conservatives.

22044 on October 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The MSM would have nobody left if they fired people for smearing Republicans. All by itself the dishonest reporting on Romney liking to “fire people” would have been enough to get most of the MSM canned. And BTW, FIAT-Jeep is moving right along on the Chinese factory that will replace the North American supply currently being sold there.

forest on October 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM