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» SFB says: OK, I know Virginia politics are heated and Terry McAuliffe is going to crush Ken Cuccinelli in the general election, and the AP story (repeated in the very last line of the piece you cite, specifically credited to Republican sources) was the GOP’s attempt at an October surprise—an October surprise which didn’t hold up to even modest scrutiny. Still, I’m gonna stop you right there. Prosecuting journalists (let alone firing them) for honest errors is stupid, and decisions on job status shouldn’t be strictly decided by witch hunts. Now, could he have reported this story better? Yes. But most journalists I know aren’t conniving jerks. And even if they were, since when do we prosecute journalists for errors in stories? That’s not how this country works. — Ernie @ SFB

» SFB says: OK, I know Virginia politics are heated and Terry McAuliffe is going to crush Ken Cuccinelli in the general election, and the AP story (repeated in the very last line of the piece you cite, specifically credited to Republican sources) was the GOP’s attempt at an October surprise—an October surprise which didn’t hold up to even modest scrutiny. Still, I’m gonna stop you right there. Prosecuting journalists (let alone firing them) for honest errors is stupid, and decisions on job status shouldn’t be strictly decided by witch hunts. Now, could he have reported this story better? Yes. But most journalists I know aren’t conniving jerks. And even if they were, since when do we prosecute journalists for errors in stories? That’s not how this country works. — Ernie @ SFB

October 30, 2013 // 11:49 // 10 months ago
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  3. poetfire said: More than an honest error? Looks more like he cut a deal with Cuccinelli.
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    I agree that the firings feel like a knee-jerk reaction from AP trying to keep their name clean after a series of...
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    It is high time we become explicit and direct in our pursuit of major media to debunk the nonsense of ‘liberal media...
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  9. donrickles said: So the logic is that he should be prosecuted because USA Today can’t fact check?
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