AP/Reuters Watch 6/21

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
A Flares feature which takes the Associated Press declaration in its

STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES:

"we abhor inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions"

to heart and offers a helping hand by pointing out egregious examples of abhorrent practice as they occur.

Day after day after day.

Examples found by readers and posted in comments will be placed in the main post with credit.

All Flares contributors are invited to edit and/or update AP/Reuters Watch posts.

NOTE: Stories at AP and Reuters are updated throughout the day. Some of their updates may obviate criticism made here.
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Clarice Feldman in comments notes an article by Kimberly Hefling on Murtha that demonstrates an odd inability to find specific negative comments concerning old cut 'n run. Understandable, one might suppose, if you are only going to ask troops from a National Guard unit headquartered in his district. I doubt that it would be difficult to find a few Marines who would be willing to give a short summary of their thoughts concerning Mr. "Okinawa is just next door".

Diana Irey provides an alternative view of how Murtha might be seen by others in his district.
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Robert Burns doesn't hesitate to rely upon a single anonymous coward as his "source" for this hit piece concerning the incident at Hamdinaya. What is the news value of a disobedient officer's charaterization of a report?

UPDATE: After reading Clarice Feldman's American Thinker report on the Hamdinaya story I believe that should anyone at the Pentagon wish to discover Burns' source, they might want to start with Gen. Magee and his staff.
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Liz Sidoti gets the 'fissure' angle in early but is a bit disingenous in distinguishing the cut 'n runners from the cut 'n joggers. Somehow the phrase stay the course Dems eludes her. Perhaps Senator Lieberman could draw her a picture?
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4 comments:

CF said...

Spinning for Murtha who might actually be in trouble.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060621/ap_on_go_co/murtha_hometown_troops

terrye said...

Why are we suddenly hearing stories about soldierslike this? I mean there was ABu Ghraib, which was nasty and the press did go ape over that, but all of a sudden I am supposed to believe that Marines decided to start killing people they were not supposed to kill? Sounds kinda fishy to me.

Knucklehead said...

Terrye,

Making claims about atrocities by US troops is one front in the Leftists Global War Against the US (GWAUS). They keep searching for anything that will gain traction.

BTW, from the AP link re: Murtha,

Murtha remains popular in his district, in large part because of the federal dollars he has delivered. The homecoming ceremony this week was at an armory on a hillside dubbed "Fort Murtha" because of that largesse. Next to the armory is the John P. Murtha Airport, which is a few miles from the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute.

Sigh... bringin' home the bacon and naming it after himself. What is it with these guys and naming stuff after themeselves? Can't they just have a son and call him Junior?

Peter UK said...

An admirable lady called Heather did an enormous amouint of research into the the board of AP,it was on Belmont after the Haifa St Massacre.Not sure whether it got lost when Belmont was spammed.
Worth investigating.