September 03, 2004


First, take a look at this, which is a screen capture saved by an alert Web slinger.

Then, head on over and read this, which basically shows how bloggers, yet again, act as the watchdogs of the Associated Press.

Was it bias? At first glance, I'd have to say yes. But then, I can also imagine an ambitious reporter filing the story, and maybe they did hear an isolated boo or two, and they decided to play up that angle. I don't know.

What I do know is that sensationalism sells, and the headline "Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery" has a lot more punch than "Bush Offers Best Wishes For Clinton."

If there is a tape of the speech, it could lay this to rest rather quickly, and it could be a pretty damning indictment of the AP, and Big Media in general. Or, it could be proven right. Who knows?

UPDATE: Audio can be heard here. Whoever filed that report to the AP had best be reprimanded. Strongly reprimanded.

Posted by Ryan at September 3, 2004 03:34 PM

Sorry about that, Ryan. I'll try not to do it again.

Yeah, the audio is pretty damning. Stupid too because they are obviously going to get called on it. I never can understand why people do shit like this, its easy to refute it.

But keep in mind that there are always different audio feeds, different mics and all that. I don't know how big the audience was but its possible that there were some boos. I didn't hear them though.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at September 6, 2004 12:09 PM
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