AP Booing Follow Up
I can't begin to count or track how many blogs have either directly or indirectly linked to my posting about the AP blunder. But I really can't take credit for this. After all, it was the Freepers that jumped on it first. All I did was put it all in one place, streamlined it a bit and e-mailed to a few folks. Other bloggers and people posting on message boards were no doubt working this story as well, but it appears that a lot of the attention was directed here.
The only other coverage I've seen about this outside of Free Republic and the Blogsphere so far is at Editor and Publisher, where it is currently their top story. Seeing that this happened on the afternoon before the Labor Day weekend began, I'm a little worried that this story may not get the notice it deserves. In my opinion, the Associated Press has committed one of the worst journalistic sins imaginable: they published an outright lie as news and sent it out to their affiliates. As I said yesterday, there is no telling how many papers were being put to bed before the 3-day weekend began and you can bet that the first version of this bogus AP story was the one that was used. To quote Tim, who commented on yesterday's post: "THERE HAS BEEN NO RETRACTION. A retraction is contrite, a disavowal. All we have so far is REDACTION."
UPDATE: The media virus continues at CBS. The question is, how do we stop it from spreading?