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AP Standards – Parents Vs Muslims

From our previous post of the September 3, 2009 Associated Press article defending their decision to publish and distribute photos of a mortally wounded US Marine:

Associated Press Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll congratulates AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon, in New York on Monday, April 16, 2007.

AP and the Death of a Marine

September 3, 2009

… Thursday afternoon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called AP President Tom Curley asking that the news organization respect the wishes of Bernard’s father and not publish the photo. Curley and AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said they understood this was a painful issue for Bernard’s family and that they were sure that factor was being considered by the editors deciding whether or not to publish the photo, just as it had been for the AP editors who decided to distribute it

Now, compare and contrast Ms. Carroll’s statement on the Associated Press’ decision not to distribute the Mohammed cartoons.

From a February 2006 article from News 24:

Just a cartoon?

2006-02-07

… The Associated Press has chosen not to distribute the drawings.

"We don’t distribute content that is known to be offensive, with rare exceptions. This is not one of those exceptions. We made the decision in December and have looked at the issue again this week and reaffirmed that decision not to distribute," Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said in response to queries about the cartoons…

You see, it’s okay to offend grieving parents of American soldiers.

They won’t blow up your building or cut off your head.

More’s the pity.

(Thanks to Confucius for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “AP Standards – Parents Vs Muslims”

  1. Confucius says:

    Curley and AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said they understood this was a painful issue for Bernard’s family and that they were sure that factor was being considered by the editors deciding whether or not to publish the photo, just as it had been for the AP editors who decided to distribute it.

    Interesting.

    In 2006, the same Kathleen Carrol said, “We don’t distribute content that is known to be offensive, with rare exceptions. This is not one of those exceptions.”

    Back then, she was talking about the Muslim cartoons.

  2. Helena says:

    Just what is it going to take for U.S. media execs to regard U.S. servicemen as human beings with the same rights to consideration that they insist on for members of their own profession? Especially since it is the serviceman who protects their sorry butts at risk of his own. Kathleen Carroll and all of her ilk are despicable.

  3. cerberus6 says:

    Would the young AP photographer and the principled AP Executive editor have run picture of the last living moments of a dying photo journalist – either on a battlefield somewhere or in a Jihadi snuff video as the blade is repeatedly ripped across the neck of the understanding journalist by the misunderstood militant? Of course not. So stop with the “war reality” BS – the AP agenda is evident in their reporting. They are not neutral in my view.

    Flipping off the service members and their families that might have to save their bacon – like that joker in Kunduz, Afghanistan is not a winning strategy.

    Normally I’d support ops to rescue prisoners/hostages of AQ or the Taliban, including putting my own butt on the line, but for journalists it would be a hard call. I know more than a few who have said screw ‘em let them get to know their “militant” friends for what they are. Maybe I run with too many unsavory, violent military types.

    Of course if our enemy was a bit smarter he would leave most western journalist alone – they are so valuable when they are left to their journalism.

  4. GL0120 says:

    For the AP the death of a Marine is simply not offensive.
    Rather, it’s something worth celebrating.
    So too, would be the death of the AP.

  5. Colonel1961 says:

    Where does this end, folks? I don’t believe in coincidence. This is planned, pernicious, and putrid.

    • proreason says:

      Europe is worse.

      I have a hard time attibuting it to anything other than cowardice.

      But I think I know where it ends.

      Bang

  6. canary says:

    Sunday, on CNN Gates said he was on a type apology tour, in that we have been fighting the war wrong, and now, saving civilians who aid the taliban are to be protected. Gates just doesn’t want the focus on the fact that our troops are dying, namely by ambush’s set up by the very civilians who do not warn our soldiers.

    Obama’s new war rules, are heartless to innocent American soldiers. Obama should have to fight along with our soldiers for a few weeks, so he can have some first hand experience.

    • DoctorRock says:

      He should, he should. Bernard’s family should find a creative attorney. I’d relish an outcome along the lines of what the Tobacco Jury gave us. Our press is begging for some payback, which as I have heard is “a bitch”. Our constitution has granted the press some very special privileges, and they used those privileges to sell us out. Were we as individuals to likewise abuse our privileges (e.g. those pesky second amendment rights) we’d soon find ourselves in some very deep stuff. There’ll be a new Attorney General one day, and perhaps he’ll see some criminality in this. And perhaps that eventuality will come at the explicit will of the American people.
      Did I just call the AP criminals? Fancy that.

  7. Celina says:

    Prayers for the Bernard family.

    That decision was despicable. They will have to answer to Someone someday.

  8. DougHI says:

    Blocking The Path To 9-11

    Be sure to watch the Obama clip beneath the Trailer, in which moron boy President demonstrates that he is ignorant about 93 Trade Towers, 9-11, and the story of KSM.
    …naturally, he was not called on it.

  9. Laree says:

    Remember When The New York Times Reported The News? We Will Never Forget. Warner Wolf, 11 September 2001.

    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/09/we-will-never-forget.html

  10. MinnesotaRush says:

    We cannot expect mature bahavior from immature people; nor rational behavior from irrational people.

    These folks in the MSM are to be pitied; for they are pitiful!


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