AP Fires Reporter Behind False Report Claiming 'Russian Missiles Struck Poland'Chris Menahan
Nov. 22, 2022
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The Associated Press on Monday fired one of two reporters with a byline on last week's now-retracted report that claimed "Russian missiles" had "crossed into NATO member Poland" and killed two people.
From The Daily Beast, AP Fires Reporter Behind Retracted 'Russian Missiles' Story":
That report, which was widely cited across the internet and on cable news, was taken offline the following day and replaced with an editor's note admitting the single source [a "senior U.S. intelligence official"] was wrong and that "subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack."
The piece, which was originally co-bylined with John Leicester (who is still working at the AP), attributed the information to a single "senior U.S. intelligence official," despite the AP's rule that it "routinely seeks and requires more than one source when sourcing is anonymous."The Washington Post blamed internal "confusion and misunderstanding" for the report:
Internal AP communications viewed by The Post show some confusion and misunderstanding during the preparations of the erroneous report.Woman moment.
But a person at the Associated Press familiar with the larger conversations surrounding the story that day said LaPorta also told his editors that a senior manager had already vetted the source of LaPorta's tip — leaving the impression that the story's sourcing had been approved. While that editor had signed off on previous stories using LaPorta's source, that editor had not weighed in on the missile story."She" voted to publish this bombshell report that violated the AP's own rules on the use of anonymous sources and risked sparking WW3 because she couldn't "imagine" a senior U.S. intelligence official could be wrong but she is not being fired -- only LaPorta is getting canned.
Some great "standards" you got there, AP!
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