Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Associated (With Terrorists) Press... (updated)

MM post - The Associated (With Terrorists) Press...Michelle's latest:
The Associated Press proudly calls itself the "essential global news network" and a "bastion of the people's right to know around the world." But when it comes to the "people's right to know" whether Associated Press employees are cooperating with terrorists overseas, the "essential global news network's" motto is: Bug off.

On April 12, I learned from military sources that an Associated Press photographer in Iraq, Fallujah native Bilal Hussein, had been captured in Ramadi in an apartment with insurgents and a cache of weapons. This was news. I asked the AP for confirmation. Corporate spokesman Jack Stokes informed me that company officials were "looking into reports that Mr. Hussein was detained by the U.S. military in Iraq but have no further details at this time." After reporting the alleged detention on my blog (, I followed up several more times with AP over the past five months for status updates on Hussein. No reply.
Read more on her blog.

NewsBusters covers the AP's bias here. Al Reuters too.

Be an educated news consumer. Common sense is needed.

Vent 9-21-06Update: The AP sends Michelle a non-response response:
Its reporting on military detentions and interrogations of enemy combatants and security detainees--and its coverage of the accompanying legislative and legal debates--cannot be trusted as fair and impartial as it lobbies aggressively for the military to subjugate its security concerns and intelligence-gathering mission in favor of what AP exec Tom Curley calls "justice."

You can count on AP, the "essential global network," to support your "right to know" and cover the news--except when the news organization deems it more important to cover it up. Right, AP?

Silence. Deafening.

Update #2: Michelle has her teeth in this one...
What do you do when you are a global news organization under fire for suppressing five-month-old news of the capture of one of your employees by American troops in a Ramadi apartment with an alleged al Qaeda leader and a weapons cache?

You run to a sympathetic news organization to help you whitewash the story and smear the U.S. military. Naturally.

On Saturday, the Washington Post op-ed page published a shameless CYA screed by Associated (with terrorists) Press president and chief executive Tom Curley on the Bilal Hussein case. The inanity begins with the very first paragraph of the piece titled "In Iraq, a Journalist in Limbo:"

Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi photographer who helped the Associated Press win a Pulitzer Prize last year, is now in his sixth month in a U.S. Army prison in Iraq. He doesn't understand why he's there, and neither do his AP colleagues.
Oh, sweet merciful crap.
Michelle is the best.

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