Friday, September 03, 2004

AP Lies About Crowd Boo's

The AP is consistently the most dishonest wire service in this country (examples here, here, here, here and here) but today's attempt to smear Republicans is beyond bias, it is an outright lie. President Bush addressed a crowd at a campaign rally today and told the crowd about President Clintons illness. The AP first reported that upon hearing the news the crowd booed and the President did nothing to stop them (link here):

THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery

By Associated Press, 9/3/2004 13:57

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) President Bush on Friday wished Bill Clinton ''best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery.''

''He's is in our thoughts and prayers,'' Bush said at a campaign rally.

Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.

Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath.

Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and ''the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president.''


This is a blatant and disgusting lie. There is audio of the event linked on Drudge. The crowd cheered loudly. After getting caught in a blatant and proveable lie, the AP re-issued the story without the line about the crowd reaction:

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday offered former President Bill Clinton (news - web sites), who faces heart bypass surgery, "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery."
"He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally.
Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath.
Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and "the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president."


This was not a simple mistake. The reporter actaully states in the original story that the president did nothing to stop the crowd from booing. This is disgusting. The reporter should be fired.

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