Skip to comments.AP Retracts 'Clinton Booed' Story
Posted on 09/04/2004 8:54:18 AM PDT by kattracks
The Associated Press has retracted its Friday afternoon report that a crowd at a Bush rally in West Allis, Wisconsin booed when President Bush offered ex-President Clinton best wishes for a speedy recovery from coronary bypass surgery scheduled for next week.
In a report that moved on the AP wire at 9:27 a.m. Saturday, the AP said: "This is a correction to an incorrect story posted by AP on Friday stating the crowd booed the President when he sent his good wishes. The crowd, in fact, did NOT boo."
A transcript of Bush's remarks released by the White House noted applause after Bush's offered Clinton "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery."
ABC Radio Network news also confirmed that the Clinton reference was applauded, not jeered.
In its original version of the story, the AP had reported: "Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them."
The erroneous report prompted a firestorm of outrage on interactive news web sites like FreeRepublic.com, where posters complained of media bias and circulated contact numbers to protest the AP's false claim.
In a revised version of the story that moved on the wire late Friday, the AP said: "The crowd reacted with applause and with some 'ooohs,' apparently surprised by the news that Clinton was ill."
AP reporter, Tom Hays, outted in more ways than one.
retraction is not enough.
I haven't seen the official AP retraction that Newsmax refers to here. Has anyone else seen it?
AP is slime. They can't unring the bell. In the tank of Kerry. LSM bias is outrageously apparent at every turn.
retraction is not enough...You're right...HARAKIRI would be more appropriate.
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Yeah, retraction without an apology and heads rolling isn't much. But even five years ago we could never have forced them to admit it. We are winning.
Right you are!
Firing the reporter who thought up this bit of slime would seem appropriate.
I'm not saying my EMail to AP caused this, but I'll bet many more did.
The retraction should be the story.
Where's the accountability -- who reported? why? other articles attributed to this person? all this, not to mention other AP lies and distortion.
At this moment it's still up at the Newsday and Guardian sites.
FREEPERS are dead right. This lib slimer must be forced to make a NATIONAL APOLOGY on prime time directly to the President. He must be accompanied by his editor and all in the chain of command. I this LIEING isn't stopped NOW the truth will be out of style before November.
If the AP can monkey around with a clear black and white issue like whether or not there were boos, imagine what they have been doing with stories that are not so clear cut.
Yep, there's no left wing biases at all/sarcasm.
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