In his latest "Dispatch from the Bolivarian Revolution", blogger Eric Wingerter (BoRev.net, 7/18/09) asks, "Man oh man, how bad does AP reporting have to get before a group of Latin American studies professors from top U.S. universities decides they need to take out a FULL-PAGE AD in the Columbia Journalism Review to respond?"
His answer is "Bad bad"–as illustrated in the ad's text:
The Associated Press has breached basic journalistic principles with these false reports:
[Hugo] ChÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÂ¡vez initially suggested the synagogue attack might have been carried out by Jews eager to portray his government as anti-Semitic.
ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬”ÂAP February 8, 2009
Only five months after urging world leaders to back their armed struggle, he [ChÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÂ¡vez] said that armed guerrilla movements are "history."
ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬”ÂAP June 10, 2008
THESE STATEMENTS ARE FALSE, and on both occasions, the AP has admitted that they are false.
Saying that ChÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÂ¡vez "never called on anyone to support the armed struggle of the FARCÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬”Ârather, he had called on the FARC to abandon armed struggle," the ad goes on to explain how, "far from blaming Jews from an attack on a synagogue, he denounced the attack as anti-Semitic and took prompt action to find and arrest the attackers."
See the FAIR magazine Extra!: "Corrupt Data: Taking On the Claim that ChÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÂ¡vez Is On the Take" (11ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬“12/06) by Gregory Wilpert.
Also listen to letter signatory NYU history professor Greg Grandin on FAIR's radio show CounterSpin: "Greg Grandin on Honduras Coup" (7/3/09).