Monday, October 21, 2013

Have You Ever Had The Feeling Something Just Isn't... Right... With The AP?

TPM, Daniel Strauss:

AP Reporter And Editor Fired Over False McAuliffe Report

The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor in connection to a false story alleging Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to a postal inspector in a fraud scheme, according to The Huffington Post.

The author of the report, which was retracted soon after it was published, Bob Lewis has been fired, the news services announced Monday. Dena Potter, a news editor for the Associated Press who covered Virginia and West Virginia, has also been fired.

It's not completely clear from the lede, but that's two people, a reporter and (separately) an editor, who were fired. I wonder how much Ken Cuccinelli paid them to release the story...

UPDATE: AP fired a third employee. Now the News Media Guild, representing AP employees, is getting involved. Pass the popcorn...

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