June 14, 2010

Journalistic Instincts: In Alleged Etheridge Assault, Who Does AP Want to Talk To?

A sitting congressman allegedly commits assault on a public sidewalk, is caught on video doing so (link is to the related Eyeblast.tv video and blog post), and “apologizes.”

Note that the incident took place “last week,” according to the linked BigGovernment.com post, which means that Etheridge didn’t see the need for an apology until the video went viral.

So … who does the intrepid Associated Press attempt to go to for comment? The Congressman? Apparently not, as you will see; the AP must see his “apology” as the end of the story. The person whom Etheridge arguably assaulted? Legal experts, who could weigh in on whether the congressman could be arrested and and charged? House or Democratic Party colleagues? No-no-no.

Get a load, in the final paragraph of what will probably end up being a brief initial report, of who the AP believes owes it a comment first and foremost:


Yeah, that’s right. Andrew Breitbart.

You have to wonder, especially since they felt compelled to bring up the ACORN sting videos, if the folks at AP check under their beds at night for vast right wing conspirators before turning in.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. [...] was the case with the AP’s unbylined initial report discussed yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), Waggoner did not go to any legal experts to get their opinion as to whether Etheridge’s [...]

    Pingback by BizzyBlog — June 15, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  2. I think the intrepid Associated Press is not really to apologize but to have a show. Actually, apologizes are better to be an action instead of the reports by all kinds of medias. Imagine how much she can do at that period.

    Comment by ac adapter — June 18, 2010 @ 11:06 am

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