Wire Service's Objectivity Under Scrutiny

AP staffer's 'breezy' email to Rove opens can of worms
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 3:50 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, takes questions from Associated Press political reporters Liz Sidoti, center, and Ron Fournier, Monday, April 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Deep in a House report on the circumstances of Pat Tillman's death is a juicy detail that has the chattering classes in a lather: the text of a 2004 email in which an AP reporter tells Karl Rove to “keep up the fight.” Coming on the heels of a Politico analysis of the wire service's new "accountability journalism" initiative, the tidbit is the talk of the town, Gawker reports.

The AP reporter, Ron Fournier, is now Washington bureau chief, and charges of bias are flying. He said in a statement last night: “I regret the breezy nature of the correspondence.” The email continues, referring to Tillman, “The Lord creates men and women like this all over the world. But only the great and free countries allow them to flourish.”