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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

AP notches first Fake News of 2018

The Associated Press could not make it to noon on New Year's Day before posting the first Fake News of 2018.

At 10:24 a.m., it tweeted: "Pence visit to Israel postponed again, no reason given."

The original report at 8:15 a.m. said:
US VP Pence's planned visit to Israel up in the air again
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said an expected visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence appears to have been postponed again.
Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the visit, which had been expected to take place the week of Jan. 14, is not on the ministry’s schedule for January.
“The visit is not included in our provision of scheduled visits of high-level dignitaries in January,” he said.
He gave no reason for the apparent delay and said it was still possible that Pence could decide to come. But he said there was no new date for an expected visit.
The Associated Press did not wait for a comment from the White House -- or Pence's office.

For some reason, AP felt it needed to urgently tell people at 8:15 a.m. on a holiday morning that OMG the vice president has inexplicably postponed his trip again.

And the AP said "no reason given."

Well, it is hard to give a reason when you have not been given time to answer a question.

After Pence's office finally got a chance to tell AP its side of the story -- the trip is still on -- did the AP admit that well, he might be going to Israel in January after all, he just hasn't finished the details for the trip.

The hysteria made the Associated Press look stupid.

From Hamodia:
JERUSALEM -- An Associated Press report that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s planned trip to Israel had again been canceled was denied by his office on Monday.
Responding to a tweet from the AP saying, “Pence visit to Israel postponed again,” the vice president’s press secretary Alyssa Farah wrote, “This report is false. The VP is still going to Israel as planned.”
Pence’s deputy chief of staff Jarrod Agen tweeted, “As we’ve said, VP Pence is traveling to Israel & Egypt later this month. Reports otherwise are wrong. There’s a false story circulating of a delay. It’s not true.”
However, in a list of upcoming visits by foreign dignities in January, the Israel foreign ministry did not include Pence.
Israeli officials explained that “due to various scheduling difficulties,” no new date has yet been set for the vice president’s visit [set for January 14]. Later on in the day, the ministry issued a clarification, saying it “never said he isn’t coming.”
A religious newspaper in Israel did a better reporting job than AP.

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  1. Looks like the AP jumped to a conclusion based on a schedule that showed definite dates on the Israeli side. They didn't have Pence on their agenda because they didn't have a definite date, and it would have been erroneous to publish one on supposition.

    The AP reporter must assume that people publish things with TBA, like a sports schedule.

    Assuming things is a symptom of a lack of self doubt, a healthy dose of which these media people need.

  2. Every single AP story I read any more, I go into it thinking, "They're going to tell me lies." Our media has gone Pravda.

  3. "Not on the schedule", "no fixed date" -- that's not the same as "visit postponed again." Fake News by AP.

    When do pundits start looking at the big NYT / WaPo / AP advertisers and start accusing of those big advertisers of supporting Fake News?

  4. AP's been part of the enemedia for some years.

  5. Didn't think I'd see this source here!
    The Hebrew edition of Hamodia publishes in Israel, but the English-language Hamodia, from which you quote, is based in Brooklyn and run by Ruth Lichtenstein (the daughter of the original publisher) as a totally separate entity. They two papers share the same religious/ideological outlook but with different focus, different staff, etc. They have to rely on AP/Reuters for the main news but can use their own reporters for local stories and to refute the lies of the other sources.

  6. The AP has been a stalking horse for the left for the last 30 years. I don't expect it to change.

  7. Aww, give them a break, they didn't have a quarter to call the Office of the Vice President.