Posted July 11, 2024 6:01 am by Comments

By Lee Williams

(Photo-illustration from licensed Shutterstock account.)by Lee WilliamsFounded in 1846, the Associated Press describes itself as “the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business.” More than half of the world’s population is exposed to AP stories every day, the wire service claims.Associated Press members, traditionally newspapers, pay an annual fee based on their circulation for access to AP wire stories. Larger newspapers pay more, sometimes millions of dollars.The AP has always touted its ethical principles as the reason why it deserves the public’s trust.“We are The Associated Press. We have a long-standing role setting the industry standard for ethics in journalism. It is our job — more than ever before — to report the news accurately and honestly,” the AP claims on its “News Values and Principles” page.  When the Associated Press makes an error, the damage is compounded because its wire stories have such a wide reach. They’re pushed out to AP members on multiple platforms — print, radio, television and digital — so corrections are a big deal, or at least they used to be.Nowadays, however, whenever one of its correspondents

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