on Ham at Right Angles posts “Remarkably skewed, little information”
Ham begins - - -
That description could fit The Associated Press in general, not just the Sarah Palin hit piece they did on the natural gas pipeline deal Palin shepherded through a political minefield in Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News, a McClatchy paper that has tried hard to get lefty cred by endorsing the Obama-Biden ticket, at least was honest enough to remark on the AP’s dishonesty:
This report from The Associated Press is a remarkably skewed account with little new information to support the charge it implies. Presumably, readers are supposed to conclude that Palin tilted the gas line bidding toward a favored company, one that had previously employed one of her key staffers.The rest of Ham's post's here.
Here’s the truth: The pipeline terms were not “Palin’s.” They were the terms requested by the sovereign state of Alaska, as provided in the Alaska Constitution.
While Palin did indeed start by proposing very similar bid terms, all of Alaska’s key decisions about those terms and the contract award itself were made through an unusually open public process that culminated in formal and enthusiastic approval from the Alaska Legislature. ...
If you read the AP's hit piece and the Anchorage Daily News' exposure of it's falsehoods and innuendo, I don't see how you can conclude anything other then the AP put out what it knew was a dishonest story.
What the ADN's exposure makes so clear is how available the people and facts were that would have refuted the AP's claims.
Even if you allow the AP reporters on the story - - JUSTIN PRITCHARD and GARANCE BURKE -- are incompetents, a five minute fact-checking phone call by an AP editor to an ADN editor would have shown the AP's story to be bogus.