February 18, 2013

Rand Paul Story AP Supposedly ‘Killed’ Is Still Out There — At an AP.org News Feed

Sunday afternoon, the Associated Press issued a supposedly comprehensive “kill” order to all subscribers relating to an erroneous story claiming that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Fox News Sunday’s that “he sees voters wanting, quote, ‘somebody who wants to round people up, put in camps and send them back to Mexico.’” I’m questioning whether the AP is really interested in making sure the story disappears.

As Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters noted early Sunday evening, several news outlets were still carrying the story over four hours later. As of this morning at 8 a.m., I found the story still present at Salon.com, Philly.com, US News, and Yahoo.com. Oh, and at one other location, seen after the jump.

The Dallas Morning News still had the story as of 8:45 a.m. ET — and it was an incoming feed from the AP’s hosted2.ap.org web site:


Over 18 hours later, and 15 hours after Fox News fixed the rush transcript upon which it erroneously relied, the self-described “essential global news network” somehow hasn’t been able to kill a bogus story at one of its own web sites. How many other subscriber sites are still carrying the story fed in from hosted2.ap.org?

I struggle to come up with a reason why the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, is entitled to any benefit of the doubt relating to any excuse it might offer.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. I found Rand’s appearance to be highly disappointing as it seems now he is starting to morph more into his father. The tone is much milder, but the ideological stupidities are still very much in evidence. “Less aggressive foreign policy?” Not only do I reject his implication that our policy has been unnecessarily “aggressive” but what he is really trying to say is a foreign policy based more on putting our heads in the sand and appeasing tyrants than meaningful action. No thanks. We are doing that with Obama and everything is *much worse*. And of all the problems with our country, that our drug laws are too strict and we need more addicted people and family and society destroying drugs to be more accessible is not one of them. Look what a hellhole Amsterdam has become. And I disagree with his comment about illegal immigrants. I say “hell yeah” to rounding them up and sending their butts back to Mexico and anywhere else they came from. Might make many of them think twice about breaking our laws again. So Rand is now pro de facto amnesty apparently.

    I liked Rand because I thought he had good conservative qualities without the extremist Libertarianism of his dad. Maybe I was wrong. At the very least, I now question his priorities. No wonder Rove all of a sudden likes him.

    Comment by zf — February 18, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

  2. You raise good points.

    Maybe we’ll get really lucky and Rand Paul will’s stock will rise in time for us to have become oil-independent. That would be 2020, not 2016.

    Comment by Tom — February 18, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

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