AP/Reuters Watch 6/26

Monday, June 26, 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.
I know that writers of stories don't write the headlines but Gina Holland provided this one in her lead: "Alito Breaks Tie, Kan. Death Penalty Stays" Was it really Alito's vote that broke the tie that never was? Couldn't it have been Roberts? Or Scalia? or Thomas? Or.. hey, who is that fifth justice?

If this were actual journalism you might be able to find out.

Shoddy. Cheap. Inaccurate. - Everything that one comes to expect from AP.


Luther McLeod said...

Here's an example of the "cheap."

Never miss a chance

In case you missed it, these were "U.S. Backed troops." That apparently is all one needs to know.

Rick Ballard said...


AP updated the original version before I could link.

Nice job.

Luther McLeod said...


Why would they delete that reference completely in the original you link, that's if it were there to begin with. Did MSNBC do their own edit? Strange.

I should have thought to reference the original vs. the MSNBC. Next time.

I have to figure out how to do screen saves!