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From PowerLine, there is this:

September 25, 2004
The Associated Press Pulls Out the Stops for Kerry

“We have noted before that the Associated Press has become a part of the John Kerry campaign. This morning, many readers have directed our attention to this astonishing AP story titled ‘Bush Twists Kerry’s Words on Iraq’.

“Yes, you read that right. This is not a Kerry campaign press release; it is an Associated Press story that will be reprinted in hundreds, maybe thousands, of American newspapers.

“Well. Let’s see how President Bush has ‘twisted Kerry’s words.’ Here is the first example cited by AP reporter Jennifer Loven:

“President Bush opened several new scathing lines of attack against Democrat John Kerry, charges that twisted his rival’s words on Iraq and made Kerry seem supportive of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

“He stated flatly that Kerry had said earlier in the week ‘he would prefer the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein to the situation in Iraq today.’ But Kerry never said that. In a speech at New York University on Monday, he called Saddam ‘a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell.’ He added, ‘The satisfaction we take in his downfall does not hide this fact: We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure.’

“So how exactly has Bush twisted Kerry’s words? Kerry constantly criticizes the Iraq war on the ground that ‘we have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure.’ I don’t see any way to understand this except as meaning that Kerry thinks Iraq under Saddam was preferable to Iraq as it is today — or, as Bush said, ‘he would prefer the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein to the situation in Iraq today.’

“Ms. Loven’s second example is simply inexplicable. She writes (…Article Continues).”

“…What a nice couple. Ballentine [Ed: Loven’s husband] is an open, above-ground supporter of the Kerry campaign; Loven promotes Kerry covertly by smearing President Bush on behalf of the Associated Press. And thousands of newspapers print AP articles on the naive assumption that they are factual and objective.

“Complaints about AP articles should be sent to info@ap.org. I’ll be disappointed if our readers don’t generate at least 10,000 emails on Loven’s hit piece.

UPDATE: A reader tells us that the AP’s telephone number for complaints is 212-621-6060. Call and leave a voicemail message, as well as an email.”

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