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NY Post rewrites biased AP article to fit its own biases. What’s the problem? 4/26/07

Posted by Steve Boriss in AP, Bias, Iraq, NY Post, Talking Points Memo.
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The Talking Points Memo scolds the NY Post for not running an AP story as written. The original AP release, written in a way that puts the Bush administration on the defensive, begins, “A historic veto showdown assured, Democratic leaders agreed Monday on legislation that requires the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. ‘No more will Congress turn a blind eye to the Bush administration’s incompetence and dishonesty,’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.” The NY Post version, rewritten in a way that puts the Democrats on the defensive begins, “The White House warned yesterday that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s new legislation requiring the first U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 is a ‘death sentence’ for millions of freedom-loving Iraqis.” Neither version is “objective,” but true objectivity is not possible, nor will it be a guiding principle in the future of news. And it’s also true that neither version contains inaccurate or misleading information. So, why is it wrong for the NY Post to edit AP stories to avoid alienating its readers? Perhaps other AP clients, with declining circulations, should be asking themselves the same question.

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