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Bush Crowd Boos Clinton

That's what AP wants you to believe. Here is there initial report:

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

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.''

Lisa at Right Voices was there, and doesn't remember any "boos". She has the audio to prove it.

AP is trying to make that line go away [see a later article in the Boston Globe], or it was a local editorial addition. Either way, it's pretty suspect...

Update: More coverage at Swiming Through The Spin, The Spoons Experience, The American Mind, Powerline, and InstaPundit.

Update 2: Jeff Harrell wonders whether it's time to start an AP watchdog group.


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Comments (24)

<a href="http://spinswimmin... (Below threshold)

Swimming through the spin is all over this story.

It was an AP problem. AP retracted, but most local papers haven't corrected their stories yet.

(I have a few items on this as well)

disingenious at best; outri... (Below threshold)

disingenious at best; outright lying actually

Anyone here think the AP wo... (Below threshold)

Anyone here think the AP would have retracted this lie before blogs were around to fact check for them?

The only cretins that would cheer an ex-presidents health problems have thrown away their phony pink slips and flown back to mommie and daddie's house.

Mr. Scott Lindlaw As... (Below threshold)
Little Birdie:

Mr. Scott Lindlaw
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Ms. Sandy Johnson
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Notice that the Boston Glob... (Below threshold)
Mike G in San Diego:

Notice that the Boston Globe didn't completely cover their tracks: even though they changed the headline and the URL, the title of that page (in the frame of your browser window, and easily visible in the source HTML) is still "Boston.com / News / Nation / BushAudienceBoos" ...

They showed the clip in que... (Below threshold)

They showed the clip in question on Countdown, and I heard no booing.

I've updated the post on my... (Below threshold)

I've updated the post on my blog to include the following:

1. The original screen shot of the article that states "thousands boo'd and bush did nothing to sto p them"

THEN . . .

2. The second screen shot of the updated article that states "the crowd oooh'd in shock over the news"

THEN. . .

3. The third screenshot of yet another article (same headline) that states that bush stated "he [Clinton] is in our thoughts an prayers, he announced to the Wisconsin crowd'.

Three different versions of the same story and no retraction - - irresponsible journalism at it's worst.

Thanks Kevin, for helping give this a few legs :)

I wouldn't call what the AP... (Below threshold)

I wouldn't call what the AP did a "retraction". They issued a corrected version of the story without announcing it. A retraction would involve at least some mention that their original report has a mistake in it and that the new story corrected that mistake.

And they've "corrected" te story twice, without retraction?


You are being way too kind ... (Below threshold)

You are being way too kind to the AP. This was not shoddy journalism, this was not a mistake, this was an intentional attempt on the part of a wire service to slander the President and his "audience of thousands." There is no way whatsoever you can listen to the audio and conclude that anyone booed -- much less thousands. There is no explaining this away as anything other than an intentional, malicious attack.

I saw it while blogging on ... (Below threshold)

I saw it while blogging on Russia and he brought Russia up, too. There certainly was no booing at all. I don't think the public knew what he was talking about when it came to Russia at the time, tho. Only some of us all nighters knew what the real story was and is and I have the sites to prove it. But no, when it came to Clinton, I said to myself "who cares? get off the tv, I need to see what is going on in Russia so I can accurately blog the facts!" But to Bush's public, no, no booing to anything, not even Clinton.

Mr. T. Lee Hughes Bu... (Below threshold)
Little Birdie:

Mr. T. Lee Hughes
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Associated Press (NS-310V)

918 N 4th St
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Media Phone Number: (414) 225-3580
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Im astounded. This is big a... (Below threshold)

Im astounded. This is big and bad enough to be the "Boston Massacre" of the Media Revolution.

If AP really wants to find ... (Below threshold)

If AP really wants to find the perp they might try looking in the vicinity of their ed. department. As I've said before with supporters like this who needs a political opponent. Countinued signs of desperation as the Kerry supporters look up at that big neon 11 point Bush lead in the sky...what a bunch of losers...

The amazing thing is that t... (Below threshold)

The amazing thing is that those idios in the dino-media think that they can still get away with this sort of thing and not get caught. That's what happens when you have a brain the size of a walnut. Thankfully, the blogosphere is here to fact-check their asses.

Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.

The media has been been weighed in the balance and found wanting, and their empire shall be divided.

I agree with John Adams (^^... (Below threshold)

I agree with John Adams (^^)...having spent a while perusing AP and Reuters' "news" articles for a while now, there is not only noticable negative bias against Bush and conservatives/Republicans, but the appearance of actual and intentional deception in how and what the articles publish.

They tend to bury or even write against any accomplishments and whatever achievements are made are described in negative, "shock" headlines, thus also or additionally defeating any positive impression or memory of facts afterward.

The Democrats KNOW what they're doing where the wire services are concerned. This AP exposure on this one particular article is just the mere tip of a huge, giant iceberg the size of the East and West Coasts of North America, and most of the Netherlands, France, North Korea and some special places in the Middle East.

Appallingly, NewsMax has po... (Below threshold)

Appallingly, NewsMax has posted the original AP story as fact. Sigh. Somebody needs to man the ed dept on Saturdays too...

Desparation. Like we saw in... (Below threshold)

Desparation. Like we saw in California when it became clear that Davis was going down and Arnold was going to win, the mainstream media will now throw aside all pretense at neutrality in their desparate attempt to influence this election.

They either think we won't notice, won't care, or that they can fix their shattered credibility after their guy is safely in office. They're wrong on all accounts, but i hope they won't realize it until their reputation is completely flushed down the toilet, like their candidate's.

As VDH said in his most recent coulumn: brace yourself this is only the beginning

I don't recall any Democrat... (Below threshold)

I don't recall any Democrats wishing Dick Cheney well when he had his heart problems. I could be wrong about that, but I DO recall some 'liberal' women wishing Clarence Thomas's wife would feed him a lot of fatty foods so he would have a heart attack and die.

C'mon - you guys are soundi... (Below threshold)

C'mon - you guys are sounding apeshit nuts about this.

There was a mistake. At worst it was an error on the part of the reporter, a reporter who may have received an erroneaous report from someone on the ground (most likely the AP reporter was there).

Think about this too. Where the reporter was standing there may have been some boos right next to her. She wrote it. Then when more reports came in - AP fixed it.

Isn't that what people want? a corrected record. AP sends out corrections on the wire, puts them right at the top of the new story when it is sent. It's labeled, second, third read through.

BTW - I heard it on the radio - and I did not hear any boos.

And please stop with the blogs RULE [email protected]#$. More blogs than don't fix errors without telling people what's going on.

Andrew, there is more to it... (Below threshold)
capt joe:

Andrew, there is more to it than that. The AP actually went so far as remove the older versions fro Lexis Nexis and the original reporter's name.


The AP should issue a fromal retraction because the older deceptive storry is still jumping around out there.

"Mene, mene, tekel, upharsi... (Below threshold)

"Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin." Nicely done.

It seems to me we're on the verge of not just a tremendous repudiation of Kerry and his supporters' methods, but seeing the first crumbles of MSM's facade. I smell panic in the big media. They're starting to see that a loss for Kerry, after MSM has pimped so long and so hard for him, is a loss of their credibility and status.

This election is going to be the birth of The Great Media Displacement, and the rise of the indies.

Andrew: it's no dismissabl... (Below threshold)

Andrew: it's no dismissable "accident" or simple error, but an ongoing history (by AP and Reuters, as to particulars) of outright distortion and misrepresentation of information.

No retractions about any of that, but when pinned to specifics about this one isolated incidence and only this one incidence of misinformation (downright lies, to be straightforward about this AP article), when pinned about their misrepresentation, they went through stages of revisions but have never published a retraction.

Since the wire services are picked up and reprinted by nearly all news sites, to a difference of degree, when erroneous (deceitful, wrong, false, highly opinionated, whatever) articles are published by the wire services, then they spread like wildfire. A retraction by AP about this one incident would also nearly ensure that their retraction -- admittance of having published wrong information earlier and why and about what -- would then be available, also, on a wider scale.

But, a retraction by AP also publishes AP's culpability, so, there's that to consider (which is motivation to simply revise information but never cop to any responsibility or awareness of wrongdoing).

This is just one incidence where AP has been proven to be, for lack of a better expression, outright lying. Just one incidence among many.

Where there's one lie, there are inevitably others. Just look at TNYTimes, for Heaven's sake, and their protestations for years about their worth and integrity and all that, while publishing an ongoing stream of falsehoods (and I don't see that that's changed much, despite them having fired some staff).

Oh, I'm sure it's no big de... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Oh, I'm sure it's no big deal, Andrew. I'm sure roughly 50% of the MSM mistakes make the Republican/Rightwinger look bad and roughly 50% make the Democrat/Leftwinger look bad.

Or do they seem to make more 'mistakes' that make the Repub look bad and the Dem look good? I wonder which it is?

Hmmm...Someone should look into that.

I happened to have been the... (Below threshold)
Don Schubel:

I happened to have been there and this is a blatant lie. I was mid-way between George W. and the media stand. There were no boos. Most people were surprised to hear it since we had been there at least three hours beforehand to be searched and to get a good spot.

There were gasps, but those sound like a sucking of wind, not an "oooh" as they later reported. I repeat, there were no boos. By the way, there were an estimated 15,000 people there, if there had been "thousands" of booers, you would have heard it on the audio. There wasn't one in my part of the building.

I'm outraged and you all should be too. If you have ever wondered if the media just out and out lies, now you know.






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