DATE: 9/03/2004 10:20:00 PM
Fire Tom Hays - Who is Tom Hays? The AP reporter who dabbles in fiction. The AP should fire this guy, as the "crowd booed" lie is now spreading. This is disgusting, repulsive and wrong. In fact, it violates the Associated Press' own Code of Ethics:
The newspaper should guard against inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortion through emphasis, omission or technological manipulation.
It should acknowledge substantive errors and correct them promptly and prominently.The AP should send out a correction, not just send the offending lines down the memory hole. Then it should fire Tom Hays. Want to contact the AP?
Kelly Smith Tunney, director, Corporate Communications
Jack Stokes, Media Relations Manager
450 W. 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001
Media bias is bad enough. Media fabrication should be fought by every blogger. Powerline says it well: "This, folks, is a scandal. The blogosphere should not rest until the AP is brought to account."
Post has been changed to correct the name of the AP reporter.