AP assigns 11 fact-checkers to Palin’s book, but none to others

The Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to fact check Sarah Palin’s book. They found only minor questions on already-known disputed points. But they didn’t give this level of scrutiny to books by President Obama, Vice-President Biden, or other political figures. Why would this be?

When the former Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor wrote her autobiography, the AP found a copy before its release date and assigned 11 people to fact check all 432 pages. . . .

AP spokesman Paul Colford said the organization, with more than 4,000 employees, and 49 Pulitzer Prizes earned for asking the hard questions, has the luxury of putting multiple reporters on major stories. He confirmed 11 people worked on the story, but not all full-time. He refused to say, however, if similar number of journalists were assigned to review other political books, or if Palin has been treated differently. . . .

Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the treatment Palin’s book received appears to be something new for the AP. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. The AP did more traditional news stories on those books. The attraction to Palin doesnt appear to be partisan, since AP didnt fact-check recent political tomes by Republicans Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    Sign of respect?

  • Pete

    Sign of respect?

  • Carl Vehse

    “The attraction to Palin doesnt appear to be partisan, since AP didnt fact-check recent political tomes by Republicans Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.”

    Not necessarily, particularly if the MSM had already collected enough on Giuliani and Gingrich from their political litterboxes.

  • Carl Vehse

    “The attraction to Palin doesnt appear to be partisan, since AP didnt fact-check recent political tomes by Republicans Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.”

    Not necessarily, particularly if the MSM had already collected enough on Giuliani and Gingrich from their political litterboxes.

  • Carl Vehse

    For more information on how the lapdog media gave 0bama a pass on his book, check out Jack Cashill’s article, “Fact-Check This, Associated Press!”.

    In particular, Cashill discusses blogger Tom Maguire’s question of whether the new bride, Michelle, went with her husband to Bali. In 1993 Barry, a former citizen of Indonesia, traveled to Bali (part of Indonesia) for the alleged purpose of finishing his book. When he returned to the U.S., he hadn’t, and his friend, Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, agreed to ghostwrite the book, now considered by the MSM as sacred writings of the 0bamassiah.

  • Carl Vehse

    For more information on how the lapdog media gave 0bama a pass on his book, check out Jack Cashill’s article, “Fact-Check This, Associated Press!”.

    In particular, Cashill discusses blogger Tom Maguire’s question of whether the new bride, Michelle, went with her husband to Bali. In 1993 Barry, a former citizen of Indonesia, traveled to Bali (part of Indonesia) for the alleged purpose of finishing his book. When he returned to the U.S., he hadn’t, and his friend, Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, agreed to ghostwrite the book, now considered by the MSM as sacred writings of the 0bamassiah.

  • Carl Vehse

    Not that they’ll care, but here’s another fact the AP “fact-checkers” can check off.

    In her book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin claims that during her appearance on Saturday Night Live last fall, SNL wanted to have Amy Poehler’s rap turn Palin’s slogan on Alaskan oil exploration, “Drill baby, drill!”, into a rude double-entendre. Palin nixed that idea.

    Newsbusters had more details on SNL writer/star Seth Myers confirming Sarah’s “one hundred percent true” claim in her book.

  • Carl Vehse

    Not that they’ll care, but here’s another fact the AP “fact-checkers” can check off.

    In her book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin claims that during her appearance on Saturday Night Live last fall, SNL wanted to have Amy Poehler’s rap turn Palin’s slogan on Alaskan oil exploration, “Drill baby, drill!”, into a rude double-entendre. Palin nixed that idea.

    Newsbusters had more details on SNL writer/star Seth Myers confirming Sarah’s “one hundred percent true” claim in her book.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    11 fact checkers on Palin’s book, zero on the health insurance deform bills and claims made about those. Hmmmm…..

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    11 fact checkers on Palin’s book, zero on the health insurance deform bills and claims made about those. Hmmmm…..

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Its called discrimination. What, you thought only white, straight, Christian, Bible-thumping, deer-hunting, males could discriminate?

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Its called discrimination. What, you thought only white, straight, Christian, Bible-thumping, deer-hunting, males could discriminate?

  • DonS

    It goes to the point I made earlier this week, that tODD pooh-poohed. The left is afraid of Palin because she energizes the great unwashed. They feel the need to destroy her, as a result. If they really thought she was a joke, or a passing fad, with no substance or depth, they wouldn’t bother.

  • DonS

    It goes to the point I made earlier this week, that tODD pooh-poohed. The left is afraid of Palin because she energizes the great unwashed. They feel the need to destroy her, as a result. If they really thought she was a joke, or a passing fad, with no substance or depth, they wouldn’t bother.

  • Carl Vehse

    DonS makes a good point. Plus the leftist fear/hate-driven “Borkification” of Sarah Palin is a reminder of similar leftist attacks on Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

  • Carl Vehse

    DonS makes a good point. Plus the leftist fear/hate-driven “Borkification” of Sarah Palin is a reminder of similar leftist attacks on Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

  • Bruce Gee

    It does really just want you to shake your head and laugh a bit, doesn’t it?

  • Bruce Gee

    It does really just want you to shake your head and laugh a bit, doesn’t it?

  • Bruce Gee

    Or, “It does really just MAKE you want to shake your head and laugh a bit, doesn’t it?” I laugh.

  • Bruce Gee

    Or, “It does really just MAKE you want to shake your head and laugh a bit, doesn’t it?” I laugh.

  • Sam

    Why is cry from the religious right always, “The bad liberal media is picking on my idol by exposing her [changing stories],” as opposed to, “Why is my idol [changing her stories]?” The AP has uncovered 18 [changes] so far.
    You can mock those who send their last dime to the televangelists, but don’t do the same thing with Palin. She’s achieved rock star status among Christians, few of whom, sadly, care a whit whether she keeps her stories straight.

  • Sam

    Why is cry from the religious right always, “The bad liberal media is picking on my idol by exposing her [changing stories],” as opposed to, “Why is my idol [changing her stories]?” The AP has uncovered 18 [changes] so far.
    You can mock those who send their last dime to the televangelists, but don’t do the same thing with Palin. She’s achieved rock star status among Christians, few of whom, sadly, care a whit whether she keeps her stories straight.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe Sarah and Lynn put those in the book just for you to gloat over, Sam.

    Oh, was one of those errors the comment by Palin that she thought perky Katie Couric really liked her. Yeah, that was a big mistake, but I don’t think she’ll be making it again.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe Sarah and Lynn put those in the book just for you to gloat over, Sam.

    Oh, was one of those errors the comment by Palin that she thought perky Katie Couric really liked her. Yeah, that was a big mistake, but I don’t think she’ll be making it again.

  • John C

    Sarah does energize the great unwashed Don but there is not enough to worry about. Sarah is the Democrat’s best friend.

  • John C

    Sarah does energize the great unwashed Don but there is not enough to worry about. Sarah is the Democrat’s best friend.

  • DonS

    John:

    If Sarah is the “Democrat’s best friend”, as you insist, then why are they trying so desperately to destroy her? Wouldn’t it make more sense to build her up, so that the Republicans “foolishly” nominate her as their presidential candidate in 2012, permitting Obama an easy path to his second term?

  • DonS

    John:

    If Sarah is the “Democrat’s best friend”, as you insist, then why are they trying so desperately to destroy her? Wouldn’t it make more sense to build her up, so that the Republicans “foolishly” nominate her as their presidential candidate in 2012, permitting Obama an easy path to his second term?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Don (@14), you’re absolutely right. The other Democrats/left-wingers/liberals/media disagree with my doing so, but I’ve decided I can’t lie anymore. You’ve discovered the secret plot, and I feel like the gig’s up. All of us — the Left/Democrats/media — have run our computer simulations over and over again, and there’s simply no escaping the models’ predictions: If elected, Sarah Palin will preside over the greatest increase of freedom, prosperity, and joy this country has ever known*. And that, Don, is something that we — the Left/Democrats/media — cannot abide.

    Of course, now that I’ve admitted as much, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all my free time that I was going to use tearing Sarah Palin down by unfairly pointing out ridiculous things she’s done. Guess I’m going to have to start a hobby.

    *For the first 2/3 of her term, that is. After which she will, of course, resign so as to avoid being a lame duck, at which point freedom and prosperity will necessarily decrease.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Don (@14), you’re absolutely right. The other Democrats/left-wingers/liberals/media disagree with my doing so, but I’ve decided I can’t lie anymore. You’ve discovered the secret plot, and I feel like the gig’s up. All of us — the Left/Democrats/media — have run our computer simulations over and over again, and there’s simply no escaping the models’ predictions: If elected, Sarah Palin will preside over the greatest increase of freedom, prosperity, and joy this country has ever known*. And that, Don, is something that we — the Left/Democrats/media — cannot abide.

    Of course, now that I’ve admitted as much, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all my free time that I was going to use tearing Sarah Palin down by unfairly pointing out ridiculous things she’s done. Guess I’m going to have to start a hobby.

    *For the first 2/3 of her term, that is. After which she will, of course, resign so as to avoid being a lame duck, at which point freedom and prosperity will necessarily decrease.

  • DonS

    Well, tODD, you’ve finally seen the light! Welcome! :-)

    Seriously, tODD, 11 fact checkers? For a losing vice presidential candidate whom the left considers to be a bimbo? Why? And why is the book #1 on Amazon?

  • DonS

    Well, tODD, you’ve finally seen the light! Welcome! :-)

    Seriously, tODD, 11 fact checkers? For a losing vice presidential candidate whom the left considers to be a bimbo? Why? And why is the book #1 on Amazon?

  • DonS

    From a Wall Street Journal column by James Taranto today (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704204304574545733826430664.html):

    “An Associated Press dispatch, written by Erica Werner and Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, compares the House and Senate ObamaCare bills. We’d like to compare this dispatch to the AP’s dispatch earlier this week “fact checking” Sarah Palin’s new book. Here goes:

    Number of AP reporters assigned to story:
    • ObamaCare bills: 2
    • Palin book: 11

    Number of pages in document being covered:
    • ObamaCare bills: 4,064
    • Palin book: 432

    Number of pages per AP reporter:
    • ObamaCare bill: 2,032
    • Palin book: 39.3

    On a per-page basis, that is, the AP devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That’s what they call accountability journalism.”

    Priorities

  • DonS

    From a Wall Street Journal column by James Taranto today (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704204304574545733826430664.html):

    “An Associated Press dispatch, written by Erica Werner and Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, compares the House and Senate ObamaCare bills. We’d like to compare this dispatch to the AP’s dispatch earlier this week “fact checking” Sarah Palin’s new book. Here goes:

    Number of AP reporters assigned to story:
    • ObamaCare bills: 2
    • Palin book: 11

    Number of pages in document being covered:
    • ObamaCare bills: 4,064
    • Palin book: 432

    Number of pages per AP reporter:
    • ObamaCare bill: 2,032
    • Palin book: 39.3

    On a per-page basis, that is, the AP devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That’s what they call accountability journalism.”

    Priorities

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