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AP Chief’s Bush Derangement Syndrome

From the famously unbiased Associated Press:

AP CEO urges better press access to military ops

By JOHN HANNA

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Bush administration turned the U.S. military into a global propaganda machine while imposing tough restrictions on journalists seeking to give the public truthful reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Associated Press chief executive Tom Curley said Friday.

Curley, speaking to journalists at the University of Kansas, said the news industry must immediately negotiate a new set of rules for covering war because “we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable.”

Much like in Vietnam, “civilian policymakers and soldiers alike have cracked down on independent reporting from the battlefield” when the news has been unflattering, Curley said. “Top commanders have told me that if I stood and the AP stood by its journalistic principles, the AP and I would be ruined.”

Curley said in a brief interview that he didn’t take the commanders’ words as a threat but as “an expression of anger.” Late in 2007, Curley wrote an editorial about the detention of AP photographer Bilal Hussein, held by the military for more than two years.

Eleven of AP’s journalists have been detained in Iraq for more than 24 hours since 2003. Last year, according to cases AP is tracking, news organizations had eight employees detained for more than 48 hours

[Curley] added: “Now is the time to resist the propaganda the Pentagon produces and live up to our obligation to question authority and thereby help protect our democracy.” …

He also said the Bush administration had stripped hundreds of people, including reporters, of their human rights

We honestly thought the first sentence was satire, until we realized it was from the chief of the Associated Press:

The Bush administration turned the U.S. military into a global propaganda machine while imposing tough restrictions on journalists seeking to give the public truthful reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Associated Press chief executive Tom Curley said Friday.

Apparently, Mr. Curley was positively foaming at the mouth during his “brief interview.”

And they wonder why the US military always ranks at the top of all polls for trustworthiness.

While our watchdog media usually rank dead last.

Eleven of AP’s journalists have been detained in Iraq for more than 24 hours since 2003. Last year, according to cases AP is tracking, news organizations had eight employees detained for more than 48 hours.

Maybe the AP should stop hiring terrorists to do their propagandizing.

But thank God we didn’t listen to the lies they tirelessly promulgated about our imminent defeat in Iraq.

Funny how they got that one wrong, isn’t it?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “AP Chief’s Bush Derangement Syndrome”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    AP is one of the least accountable organizations on the planet. President Obama will no doubt see this as a grand idea. No way!

  2. beautyofreason says:

    I had no idea the Associated Press supported men whose view of the U.S. government was nearly identical to how Iran sees the U.S.

  3. take_no_prisoners says:

    The dateline: Lawrence, Kan., U. of Kansas dept. of journalism tells you everything you need to know about the source. I love the comment about “questioning authority”! Well now that Obama is the man are they still going to be questioning authority and speaking “truth to power”! Bawah ha ha ha! That’ll be the day! He looks like Bert (or is it Ernie) on Sesame Street!

  4. JohnMG says:

    ……“we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable…….”

    Like they did during the most recent presidential campaign? This idiot wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him on the ass.

    If it was left up to me I wouldn’t even let them into a theatre of war. Since they make everything up anyway, they can do it from a desk in New York–or a bar in New Jersey–and serve their agenda just as well. With just as much accuracy.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Anyone remember the ‘NAM?

      You want press in the with the “HOTS”……. you make them take / walk point!! (seperates the MEN from the wannabees)
      This is where the “press” left the MARINES and tacked the ARMY and got “ALL” the good stuff!

      ( are those dark clouds on the horizon, coming fast? )

  5. BillK says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to watch the press’ heads explode if they were subject to the same war-time censorship practiced by their (previous) hero, FDR?

    Or the press blackout imposed by another of their heroes, JFK, given there weren’t exactly embedded reporters at the Bay of Pigs?

    (What was Kennedy thinking trying to invade the Worker’s Paradise of Cuba anyway?)

    If either FDR or JFK were to come back from the grave they’d have this guy tossed in federal prison as the traitor he is (along, of course, with most of the rest of the MSM.)

  6. oldswimcoach says:

    “The Bush administration turned the U.S. military into a global propaganda machine while imposing tough restrictions on journalists seeking to give the public truthful reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Associated Press chief executive Tom Curley said Friday.”

    Yes, we need truthful hard hitting reports like CNNs reporting Iraqi propaganda about the situation in Iraq during the build up phase prior to the war, because if they didn’t their bureau chief would have been tortured or killed.

    “Top commanders have told me that if I stood and the AP stood by its journalistic principles, the AP and I would be ruined.”

    Yes sir, hard to believe in this day and age of enlightenment that giving troop positions, strength data, movement information, and other classified information is still considered treason when reported in a war zone (although not treason if it’s reported about financial transactions of terrorists in the NYT). Also, American press agents sitting at enemy positions to film an ambush against American troops without providing information about the attack to the American military is generally frowned upon by senior military leaders. Those military commanders fighting a war on foreign soil are simply a danger to the free society here in America! Thank god we have the AP to keep us safe!

  7. canary says:

    “”Curley, speaking to journalists at the University of Kansas, said the news industry must immediately negotiate a new set of rules for covering war because “we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable.””

    The terrorists love the AP, and always release the reporters within hours, because the AP meets their demands. No loss of heads in the AP; and this big head Curley suffers the Allah complex. When AP did the story on the NY terrorist soon to be released with an updated photo, minutes later, the AP changed the photo to a 1971 drawing. Now the AP has a little picture being held by the soon to be released terrorist’s relatives. Those little children are not his relatives. They are just children of the terrorist sect called Mormon Muslims, and they are being told that he is their father. I mean why would AP put a picture like this is a family man. The terrorist pretended to be in love with an American woman, to use her son, to throw off suspicious while he planted 3 bombs that failed. AP DID NOT EXPOSE CLINTON.
    Okay AP, we have a new dillusional wanna be Allah President, here’s your chance. Sounds to me like AP is allready sucking up to Obama, by complaining about Bush. Every other sentence Obama refers to a “they”. They this, they won’t, they did, they didn’t. I hope this changes.

    • oldswimcoach says:

      “They are just children of the terrorist sect called Mormon Muslims, and they are being told that he is their father.”

      What are you talking about?

    • canary says:

      oldswimcoach: the most recent picture and article by the AP Iraq Involved in 1973 NYC Terror plot. He is being ready to be released. Since the bombs failed to detonate, they were only able to convict him with attempted terrorism, instead of murder. The photo is of the new Fundamental Mormon Muslims. In American Fundamental Mormon Compounds, the only pictures you will see on the walls, is of the fathers of many children produced from children wife mother’s and women wife mothers. Most of the Muslims that believe in going to heaven and recieving 40 virgins, will have no telling how many children. These brave muslims who commit suicide, will also have their pictures hanging in heaven. Maybe they will only keep 1 or 5 virgins as wifes. Some will marry 40 virgins and possibly have hundreds of childrens. But, this picture is showing that the Fundamental Mormon Muslim religion is taking root right here on earth. They use the Mosks not only to hide guns, but have the virgin bed, just as the Fundementalist Mormons have beds in their main church compounds for the first time.

      Iraq Involved In 1973 NYC Terror Plot | Sweetness & Light
      http://sweetness-light.com/archive/iraq-involved-in-1973-nyc-terror-plot

  8. 11ten1775 says:

    “Top commanders have told me that if I stood and the AP stood by its journalistic principles, the AP and I would be ruined.”

    What? So he gets to accuse military commanders of being unethical without revealing any names, quotes, or facts whatsoever. Yes, this is the type of accountability we need – so open and honest! And since when does the press get to demand that the military negotiate terms with them? Perhaps this is symptomatic of what is to come. These guys got Obama elected, and now he owes them. Who will Obama sell out? The group that voted for McCain in somewhere around the 70% range, or the group that licks his shoes and swoons over his every word? Soon, between ridiculous treaties and excessive press coverage, our guys won’t be able to fire a shot without fearing a trial. Good move. Surely we can rely on guys like Curley to protect our country.

    And how quickly they forget that they had unprecedented access during the Iraq invasion. Our guys were so stinkin’ impressive that the embeds couldn’t find a bad thing to say about them. That came later, when they camped out in Baghdad hotels and once again started taking their talking points from their masters in the U.S. The upside is that our guys are still real men. They know how to handle the press. In ’03, the Marines ditched them off to the Army as soon as possible. Sounds like that’s nothing new…

  9. sheehanjihad says:

    you better watch out, you better not lie
    you better just stop I’m telling you why,
    tater stick is coming, to town

    I’m making a list, checking it too
    your reporters are first, then we’re coming for you
    tater stick is coming, to town…..

    We read what you are printing, Al Qaida reads it too
    they love the fact you’ve got their backs…and our Military’s screwed

    so, you better watch out, you better not spy
    and help al qaida’s killing our guys
    tater stick is coming to town….

    you think you are safe, but we’re seeing red
    we’ll be pulling you out from under your bed
    tater stick is coming, to town….

    we see what you are doing, we know that you dont care….
    I know I wont be satisfied till my tater stick “parts your hair”

    So you better just quit, you media pimp
    your spine is like jelly, your winky is limp
    tater stick is coming, to town….
    tater stick is coming, to towwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!

  10. RightWinger says:

    LMAO, that was pretty funny. How he could say that stuff with a straight face is beyond me.

    “we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable.”

    What’s wrong Mr. Curley? Sarah Palin’s kids haven’t done anything news worthy in a while?

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This probably comes on the heels of Jerry Rivers now being able to finally purchase a sound effects machine for his “in-the-field” reporting. I wonder if Capone ever left any unopened safes in the Mideast?

    Naturally, this is a “damned if you do/don’t” kind of thing. If the military doesn’t go along with it…then the hippie generation says, “SEE? I TOLD you they wouldn’t. They hide everything.” But if the military lets them, then they say whatever the hell they want anyway and will even stage “critical video clips” to make the drooling masses in the CONUS firmly believe that the American soldier is there to “kill children and steal from the (stone age) people they are SUPPOSED to be there to defend” and all that crap.

    Sometimes this “War is ikky” mentality really gets in the way of a good time.

  12. Trialdog says:

    It is evident he believes what he is saying and that is simply astonishing. With his comments, he demonstrates his complete ignorance of what, in fact, is and was happening in Iraq. He is so delusional it is impossible to begin to correct his errors of fact or reason. We wonder why our fellow citizens and legislators are confused about world events but Mr. Curley is Exhibit 1. He is the Chief Executive of the AP? This is proof that competence is not a prerequisite for the job. I sit here and imagine the audience of journalists listening to this guy. The story does not state Curley was laughed off the stage, but he should have been. The story does not state that the “journalists” he was speaking to threw their shoes at him. So I’m left wondering what the “journalists” in the audience were doing. I imagine them sitting there, taking it in, believing it unquestionly, and accepting the rantings of a deluded and confused man as true. Then off they march into the world, to write their stories. We are in trouble if this guy is in charge of holding government accountable.

    • wardmama4 says:

      You Trialdog deserve the position more than the idiot in charge Curley.

      I have nothing but distain for the AP after they chose to ‘scoop’ an attack upon a US plane at Baghdad airport, rather than report to the US military that they were about to be attacked. To me, that defines exactly on whose side the Associated (with Terrorists) Press is on. And sadly that is just one example of the APs ‘partisan’ position in Iraq.

  13. proreason says:

    When we “realign” the ethnic percentages in our prisons, this nutter should be at the head of the line to become a lovey for one of the white sweethearts who stays in.

  14. The AP: “Inculcating skulls full of mush since 2001.”

  15. canary says:

    AP working for Obama now. Didn’t do an article on the Obama’s refusal to extend help to New Orleans Katrina victims. They are all too busy having partys and retreats, while Republicans are working 24/7 creating amendments to stop funds from going to Pig Bay terrorists; amendments to aid defense. The AP should put the bill on the table. Make it transparent.

  16. pdsand says:

    “the news industry must immediately negotiate a new set of rules for covering war because “we are the only force out there to keep the government in check and to hold it accountable.””
    I’m sorry, but it really sounds to me like he wants to keep our military in check on the field of battle during war. Isn’t this literally saying he wants to aid and abet the enemy?

  17. 1republicanscientist says:

    “Now is the time to resist the propaganda the Pentagon produces and live up to our obligation to question authority and thereby help protect our democracy.” What propaganda? The left spittle heads intimidated ANYONE from producing positive news on the behalf of our country. I think the enemy has clearly been identified.

  18. Barbie says:

    Let go, Curley, President Bush is gone now. Just let him go. Move on with your life, Curley. Just accept it and move on. Don’t keep holding onto your past BDS. Let it go…

  19. pdsand says:

    We used to watch old videos when I was in school that looked like they were from PBS in the 80s or something. They were from a series of videos of debates over all the issues of the day at the time, and I remember in one of them they had an NCO from the Army in Vietnam and a journalist.
    They asked the journalist if he got an offer from the NVA to go along and report the war from the North, would he do it? And he said sure, as a journalist I’m not an American, but my ethics require me to report in an unbiased manner on both sides of an issue like a war.
    So then they asked the Sergeant if he came upon the NVA squad in the jungle accompanied by Mr. Journalist, what he would do, and he said he’d kill them all, including the American journalist, because he’s not an american, he’s a journalist.
    I need to figure out what videos those were, because they were moderately interesting. More importantly I’d like to go back and watch how the debate of all those issues went down at the time, and then compare and contrast to where the baseline of those same debates has shifted to the left over time.

  20. proreason says:

    “So then they asked the Sergeant if he came upon the NVA squad in the jungle accompanied by Mr. Journalist, what he would do, and he said he’d kill them all, including the American journalist, because he’s not an american, he’s a journalist.”

    perfect, pd, perfect

  21. pdsand says:

    Yeah I still get a little tear in my eye when I think about that.

  22. canary says:

    One soldier told me that CNN is lying and not to believe a word they say. One soldier told me the only thing they watch on TV in Iraq is CNN. Well, they get to see alot of movie stars and fashion shows on Michelle Obama. Then there is Cooper Anderson’s animal segments. I’d like to see less of Bill O’Reilly, and more of Glen Beck, who CNN fired. I saw him only once on Fox, cause his show is early, while O’Reilly is on several times a nite. Beck started crying saying that CNN would not let him cover stories, like border control, and he was glad to be on Fox, who are allowing him to say things CNN would not let him.

  23. artboyusa says:

    “…global propaganda machine”??? Of course! (smacks forehead with palm) Now it all makes sense! Now I understand why Bush got such fawning, craven, uncritical attention from the world’s media for eight years! Now I understand why there is such global enthusiasm for our military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan -its all because of the secret global propaganda machine! Damn you to hell, Bush, for misusing the innocent trust of our watchdog media and turning those gentle souls into tools of your Satanic administration…

    Seriously, I think “global propaganda machine” deserves to be right up there with “vast Right-wing conspiracy” and “tax cuts for the richest 1% of Americans” in the Pantheon of Liberal Crap.

    • gipper says:

      artboyusa,

      You can add “Clinton budget surplus” and “failed policies of the last eight years” to your list.

      I do have to say that I enjoy your stories. It does seem a bit odd, though, that they are posted here-and-there. Maybe SG can reserve a spot on S&L for political satire. It could be more than just your stories–it could also include tasteful political jokes. You could call it “The Honeycomb”. Just a thought.

  24. Reality Bytes says:

    SG: Curley is entitled to his opinion. Let me know what Moe & Larry have to say.


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