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O’Reilly blasts AP, even though Fox uses it

Here’s a good one: Bill O’Reilly last night on his Fox News show just eviscerated the Associated Press (AP). Impetus for the O’Reilly broadside at the news service came from the incident in which AP took a strange photo of Mitt Romney that appeared to invite ridicule.

The photo, O’Reilly said, was a “cheap shot” that made Romney the “butt” of jokes. Based on that information as well as other considerations, O’Reilly alleged that the AP was “biased” against Romney and “invested” in the reelection of President Obama. So invested, in fact, that “fair, insightful and responsible reporting has nearly vanished.”

AP, O’Reilly charged, delivers a “huge advantage” for Obama because “local newspapers all over the country carry AP photos and articles every day.” Uh, does, too.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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