Oh boy, that journalists’ ethics thing again. It’s enough to make bloggers look good.
…the Post completely rewrote the story to make it a hit on Dems — than ran the piece with the imprimatur of the AP and Espo. While papers are free to edit AP copy, this complete makeover is nonetheless extraordinary — and extraordinarily revealing. In the first version the “death sentence” remark from Perino was in the 13th paragraph. In the Post version, that was the lede and headline. Wow.
I just checked in with AP spokesperson Jack Stokes and asked him if anything put out by the AP yesterday looked anything like the Post story. His answer: “There is no version like that on AP wires.”
So there you have it. I’m not sure it gets any clearer than that.
Update: It gets better. I just heard back from the author, David Espo. He told me: “I didn’t write anything remotely like that. My name was on the story and I didn’t write it anything like the way it was printed.”
[Yes, we could question whether the blog author really spoke with Espo or Stokes. I’m going to trust it.]
PD/Dispatch/Enquirer and other MSM staff/readers, please – chime in, would you? Anons are fine, and feel free to say what the NY Post did is acceptable. But if it isn’t, tell us: what do readers do about this kind of thing?