AP forced to retract inflammatory Rand Paul story

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Amazing how one little word can change the entire meaning of a sentence.

Amazing how the nation’s leading news wire service was in such a rush to bash Sen. Rand Paul that it put up an incorrect story with a misleading headline and then had to retract it from the World Wide Web.

Newsbusters reported Sunday on an Associated Press article, “Sen. Paul: Voters want to round up immigrants.” The AP said it used the Paul quote, “round up people … and send them back to Mexico,” from the rush transcription from “Fox News Sunday” without checking the actual audio of what Paul said in his interview on the show.

Paul’s actual quote was, “[Voters] don’t want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico [emphasis added].”

When AP realized its mistake, a Bulletin Kill was issued, but by that time, the story was out across the wire service.  Politico reported the Bulletin Kill read:

Date: 02/17/2013 01:44 PM

BULLETIN KILL. Do NOT use BC-US–Paul-Immigration. A kill is mandatory.
STORY REMOVED: BC-US–Paul-Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., saying he sees some in the (sic) his party favoring a 2016 presidential candidate with an immigration policy that would “round up people … and send them back to Mexico.” That quote was in the transcript of “Fox News Sunday” that was distributed after Paul’s interview on the show. A subsequent Associated Press review of an audio recording of the show determined that the transcript had dropped the word “don’t” from that quote, and Paul actually said, “They don’t want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico.”

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