AP assigns 11 “factcheckers” to Sarah Palin’s book – and they still get it wrong


Mark Steyn, in a must-read, laughingly calls them the “Rogue Eleven”:

AP writers Matt Apuzzo, Sharon Theimer, Tom Raum, Rita Beamish, Beth Fouhy, H. Josef Hebert, Justin D. Pritchard, Garance Burke, Dan Joling and Lewis Shaine contributed to this report.

Wow. That’s ten “AP writers” plus Calvin Woodward, the AP writer whose twinkling pen honed the above contributions into the turgid sludge of the actual report. That’s 11 writers for a 695-word report. What on? Obamacare? The Iranian nuke program? The upcoming trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

No, the Associated Press assigned 11 writers to “fact-check” Sarah Palin’s new book, and in return the 11 fact-checkers triumphantly unearthed six errors. That’s 1.8333333 writers for each error. What earth-shattering misstatements did they uncover for this impressive investment? Stand well back:

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Interesting, especially considering the likelihood that the AP is going to make cutbacks in their staff at the end of the year. Guess they figured they would assign 11 of their reporters to this “story” while they still could.

And speaking of Palin “factcheckers,” some former McCain campaign senior aides are lining up to “dispute” Palin’s claims in Going Rogue. It’s face-saving time …

Laughing all the way to the bank.
Laughing all the way to the bank.

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