Knight Of The Mind

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Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Friday, September 03, 2004

A New Kerry 527?

The AP has blatently lied to the American people in hopes of boosting John F. Kerry's poll numbers. The AP shamelessly used the fact that ex-President Bill Clinton suffered a heart attack as a lead-in to an attack story that accused George W. Bush of not caring about the fact that a former President fights to stave off his demise.

Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery
By Associated Press, 9/3/2004 13:57

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.

Pravda would have written with less malice about Ronald Reagan during the early 1980's. This pathetically biased article lowers the AP to the level of MoveOn.Org.

The good news is that the transcript of the speech is available to correct the shameless propagandic exercise attempted by the AP.

Text of Bush's remarks in West Allis
Posted: Sept. 3, 2004

En route here we just received news that President Clinton has been hospitalized in New York. He is in our thoughts and prayers. We send him our best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery. (Applause.)

I've always wondered who the AP was actually associated with. In this political season, it apparantly spends it's spare time hobknobbing with staffers from John F. Kerry For President.

Update I: Your Daily Prescot includes a similar post to mine. He also reports that radio announcers were reading the AP report w/o listening to the audio of Bush's speech. A bunch of leftwing talk radio mindless robots if you ask me.

Update II: This golden nugget was posted to Atrios' one-sided account of the West Allis speech.

Atrios - at least admit the AP story might be in error.
Sterling 09.03.04 - 6:40 pm

Update III: TAM covers the West Allis speech. He swears he heard a boo or two. Possible, and very bad if true. However, a boo or two in no way justifies the tone of the AP Screed.

Update IV: Spoons Experience points out that the AP is morphing into a spin organization rather than a news organization. I've lost count. Is this version 3.0 of the AP story.

Update V: Blogger Tom McMahon said that Mark Belling of WISN radio reported that Scott Lindlaw was the AP reporter responsible for this false story. Instapundit reveals that his work has been seen "previously with distorted reports of Bush visits to military bases and NASCAR races -- the latter of which got characterized as a "cheap shot" by the Columbia Journalism Review." Here's a RealAudio file of the entire speech. (Kudos to Swimming Through The Spin, my blogroll grows yet again!)

Update VI: Wizbang catches the scent of something rotten in the original article.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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