Red-Handed: AP Changes ‘Shotgun’ to ‘Assault Rifle’ to ‘Firearm’ in Alabama Hostage Stories

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New York City School Bus Drivers On Verge Of StrikeThe AP is pushing the gun control agenda, and bloggers have caught the press agency red-handed — changing ‘shotgun’ to the vague and politically charged ‘assault rifle’ before finally settling on ‘firearm.’ Another version uses the term “long gun” in the same passage.

The unannounced story alterations, and it is unclear who exactly made them, show that the activist media are obsessed about pushing gun control, and alternative media are bringing some pressure to bear holding the mainstream media accountable.

The story concerns the Alabama hostage crisis, which involves a 66-year old bus driver Charles Albert Poland, Jr. being shot and killed.  During the course of the raid, twenty of twenty-one children escaped, but five-year old boy Ethan was taken captive by suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes. The situation is still unfolding, and the story itself can be read about more in detail at the New York Daily News.

Blogger Bob Owens appears to be the first to pick up on the inconsistencies in the AP stories, which were also circulated by Fox News. His story showed up on blog aggregate Memeorandum and has gotten some notice.

I took it upon myself to verify the quotes and screen caps and his story is factual. The following quote is from Bob Owens regarding an AP story picked up February 4th on Fox News:

Here’s the current Associated Press report [passage since removed]:

Dykes was known in the neighborhood as a menacing figure who neighbors said once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and an assault rifle.

And this is his screencap, which matches the Fox News page:

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Then he noted that an earlier AP story from February 1st, which had been picked up by Fox News, had a line that did not say “assault rifle” but “shotgun.” This is from the earlier story:

Dykes was known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.

Screenshot:

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Then there’s a third version, this time changed to the innocuous “firearm”:

Without noting that they’ve made a correction of any kind, the story has changed again:

Dykes was known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who neighbors said once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm.

Screenshot:

APVERSION3

And yet a fourth version of the AP article uses the term “long gun” and adds the smart admission that authorities did not say what guns were in the hostage-taker’s possession.

Screenshot:

APVERSION3FINALPARAGRAPH There is another interesting tidbit, and that the language in the final paragraphs of some of these stories, which brings into play the “anti-government” label (a very broad term) and “paranoid”:

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Apparently, murder can be committed with blunt weapons and not just “assault rifles.” As mentioned repeatedly, blunt objects accounted for 496 murders in 2011, while all rifles — assault rifles and non-assault rifles — accounted for 323 murders. This is according to FBI statistics, as reported by CBS. Mainstream media outlets do know how to be intellectually honest, apparently.

Similar to NBC’s apparently unretracted initial report of the Sandy Hook shooting, a live air broadcast that oddly stated the anchor had confirmed with federal and state authorities that only four handguns were used in the shooting itself, the mainstream media apparently cannot get their stories straight when it comes to gun violence.

It should be noted that the stories about the weapons in the trunk of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s driven vehicle have varied from “long gun” to “shotgun” to “assault rifle” to “assault weapon” to “AR-15″ to “.223″ to “.233″ — all it takes is a search to see numerous articles speculating on what should be a clearly and consistently reported fact.

One would think that the mainstream media would have learned their lesson rushing to report on the Newtown story, immediately politicizing it before getting the facts straight. Apparently, not.

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