The Associated Press’s habit of injecting clear-cut liberal bias into its headlines and ledes appears to be growing worse, and despite the criticism the 172-year-old outlet now receives on a regular basis.
The latest example from this Saturday morning is a lede published to Twitter about the death of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.
“George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94,” the AP wrote.
George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. https://t.co/LaSU5ho2os pic.twitter.com/ld9KqRHdaU
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2018
The headline struck many as just plain wrong because it seemed to diminish the former president’s legacy. It left many wondering whether the AP would write something similarly negative were a former liberal president such as Barack Hussein Obama to pass.
“This is why people hate the liberal media. A former president, and a war hero, has died and all the @AP can do is talk about why he was not reelected,” one Twitter user argued.
“Wow, I think that if there was any question left that the AP was a fair and impartial news outlet, it’s all gone now. You’re such hyper-partisan liberal propaganda now that you can’t even memorialize a former president without insulting him. Shame!” another wrote.
— ❌Red Girl In A Blue State❌ (@kelcozadd) December 1, 2018
Wow, I think that if there was any question left that the AP was a fair and impartial news outlet, it’s all gone now. You’re such hyper-partisan liberal propaganda now that you can’t even memorialize a former president without insulting him. Shame!
— Izzy Pupper (@Redskins283321) December 1, 2018
This is exactly why @realDonaldTrump President Trump says the corrupt left wing Globalist liberal media is the enemy of the people. @Ap you are a F****** discrase. #Bush41 #GeorgeWBush pic.twitter.com/XVfBf0Gjpk
— Total News Network (@ChooseTotalNews) December 1, 2018
Classless liberal hacks at AP…Disgraceful “journalists”… 41st President And World War II vey hero should have been the headline.
— John Watson (@JohnWat99017786) December 1, 2018
Fire the liberal millennial that wrote this at AP! No respect & a self- righteous self-serving sociopath. Not news but subjective trash. We are sick of this-don’t become the next CNN & MSNBC, ratings are tanking! Opinionated bias will no longer be tolerated! Backlash.
— Patriot (@Patriot87270992) December 1, 2018
How could you even print that AP?
We All know why he won’t face reporters & Trump doesn’t respect anyone.
— Nanette Price (@nanetteprice71) December 1, 2018
President Donald Trump has been more critical of the press than any of his predecessors in part because of a desire by him to stand up against what he and his supporters perceive as liberal bias.
But instead of working to reduce their glaring bias, the media have launched an effective campaign against him, arguing that his criticism amounts to a violation of their rights.
The media have likewise accused anyone who’s dared to challenge their hegemony of peddling misinformation news — even as they themselves are repeatedly caught promoting fake news.
It’s a cycle that bred a great deal of distrust for the media, with a plurality of Americas now believing the media sometimes make up stories just to hammer the president.
In this case the AP certainly didn’t make anything up about either the president or his predecessor. But it did weave a narrative that was clearly designed to portray Bush in as negative of a light as possible.
It’s a narrative most on social media do not appear to appreciate:
Remember when the AP was an actual news organization? Yeah, that was great.
— Arthur Fortune (@CBove1) December 1, 2018
Navy Pilot. Hero. Statesman. Father. Husband. Grandfather. American President. Honorable and decent. pic.twitter.com/rqk0INIxSp
— Mike Bailey (@Mikebzr1) December 1, 2018
Disgusting summary of a great man’s life. George HW Bush had a deep and varied life of service to this nation. AP should be ashamed.
— stusandler (@stusandler) December 1, 2018
Apologize to the Bush family and the American people; revise this disrespectful statement. It is appalling.
— Poirier Enterprises Inc (@poirierent) December 1, 2018
Boy, I have no idea why people think you’re biased and don’t trust you
— Jon (@JonnyMicro) December 1, 2018
This is why people hate the media.
— Colton Grace (@ColtonlGrace) December 1, 2018
Seriously, @AP? This is the tweet you issue for a man who served his country the way George H.W. Bush did?
— Sara Miller (@SaraMillerSTL) December 1, 2018
R.I.P. to former President George H.W. Bush, who as one Twitter user noted was a Navy pilot, hero, statesman, father, husband, grandmother and patriot who deserved better than this.
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