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9/04/2004


A blogstorm over AP lies

The AP can barely stand the 11+ point lead the president has since the convention. So what do you do when your political world is crumbling? You start fabricating lies about GWB. The bigger the better. Heres the original story as it ran.

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday wished Bill Clinton (news - web sites) "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."
here is the story after some pissed off eye witnessess emailed and called the AP on the obvious lie.

Boston Globe is still running it with the boos.

If that gets removed I have it cached on my server.

    President Bush on Friday offered former President Bill Clinton, who faces heart bypass surgery, "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery. He is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. The crowd reacted with applause and with some "ooohs," apparently surprised by the news that Clinton was ill. Later, aboard Air Force One, Bush called Clinton to express his concern for his heart problems, according to presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. The president told Clinton that he and the first lady were praying for him and wished him a "speedy recovery," McClellan said. 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."
And guess what... the world has picked up the lie and is running with it.

Here is a round up of noteable news sources propagating the lie.

Also, complete exhaustive coverage of this whole ordeal at Swimming through the spin.

Care to hear the audio?

If you have anything you would like to say to the AP... visit here. Contact information is at the bottom of the post.

Update 09/04/04: AP Retracts 'Clinton Booed' Story. Now lets see if the retraction gets as much attention as the actual story did.

h/t to Dave for the heads up on the update.

posted by: Brian Scott


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