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Sunday, May 13, 2007

AP error of omission in Coulter story

The AP continues to deceive readers with what is, at the least, incredibly sloppy journalism, this time in connection with the "clearing" of Ann Coulter in regards to allegations she committed voter fraud in Florida. The wire service moved a half-truth story that doesn't even mention allegations of FBI interference as reported in Friday's Palm Beach Post:
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has been cleared of allegations that she falsified her Palm Beach County voter's registration and voted illegally — this, after a high-level FBI agent made unsolicited phone calls to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to vouch for Coulter.

The caller wasn't just any G-man. According to PBSO documents, he was Supervisory Special Agent Jim Fitzgerald, of the FBI Academy's Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Va. — the closest reality gets to the serial-killer catchers on CBS' Criminal Minds.

So why would an FBI profiler who went after the Unabomber take time from his busy day to even think about a municipal election snafu?

Fitzgerald is mum. But when the bureau heard about this from Page Two, it immediately launched an internal review of the agent's involvement.

"We're looking into it," bureau spokeswoman Ann Todd said.
There's a word for deliberate errors of omission -- they're called lies. And no, I'm not willing to give the AP a break, because it happens far too often. They could have at least discussed Coulter's hair style.

Does the AP think people can't Google? Why does AP think it can simply suppress relevant facts? Gee, there's been an awful lot of talk, both in this state and nationally, about what a huge threat voter fraud is, and here you have an allegation of voter fraud, now dismissed, combined with an allegation of FBI meddling. You'd think that'd be a good story, and it was for The Palm Beach Post. The lead US wire service? Eh, not so much.

Your liberal media strikes again. Soros, I'm still waiting.

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