September 8, 2012

Did the AP’s Ben Feller Let His Bias Slip in Early Version of Story Following Obama’s DNC Speech?

A NewsBusters tipster found a perfect example of why those who monitor journalists’ original news coverage should look at all iterations of stories they file. Doing so reveals whether coverage of a story improves or degrades over time. It also occasionally exposes biases reporters otherwise try to cover up.

The Associated Press’s Ben Feller, tasked with writing a story immediately following President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, appears to have done the latter as he wrapped up a very early version of his story (“Obama’s convention evolution complete”; time-stamped at 11:16 p.m. September 6 at the AP’s hosted2.ap.org site and at the Rutland Herald):

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Ben seemed quite confident about the results of the presidential election, does he not? Is that because Ben’s rooting for the incumbent to win?

Shortly thereafter, with a time stamp of 12:49 a.m. on September 7 (hosted2.ap.org; at Yahoo News), Feller’s closing paragraphs read as follows:

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Nice catch indeed.

(Picture was found at Media Bistro’s Fishbowl DC.)

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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3 Comments

  1. Bias as hidden as Mt. Rushmore

    Comment by Vickie Browning — September 9, 2012 @ 1:19 am

  2. Wonder if he was one of the reporters using fake names to make contributions to the DNC in Charlotte?

    http://politicker.com/2012/09/reporters-using-fake-names-to-buy-obama-swag-at-the-dnc/

    Comment by Tony — September 9, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

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