AP fires reporter, editor over McAuliffe story
posted at 3:49 pm on October 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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?