Wednesday, February 28, 2007

More Double Standards and Hypocrisy from the AP

What is the difference between a terrorist and a murderer? How about a freedom fighter and a terrorist? These questions are often debated in classrooms and lecture halls throughout America...but when it comes to Judith Clark there should be no doubt.

To those who remember the infamous 1981 Brinks heist in Nyack, Judith Clark is a self-indulgent '60s radical serving a well-deserved 75-year prison term for her role in the violent deaths of three heroic law-enforcement officers.

But to the Associated Press, which supplies news to the world, Judith Clark is a "former freedom fighter."

That's right. A "freedom fighter."

Now, maybe "convicted cop-killer" is too graphic for the AP, even though it's wholly accurate.

But "freedom fighter"?

Who's writing for the AP these days - Michael Moore?

Nevertheless, for several hours Monday night, that was precisely the unquestioned description of Clark that appeared in the lead sentence of a story that the AP sent out about her efforts to win a new trial.

Presently that description was altered to "a former black separatist"- with a note to editors saying the change was being made in the interest of "fairness."

Fairness? What about accuracy?

For one thing, though the leaders of the group belonged to the Black Liberation Army, Clark happens to be white.

The AP justified the change by noting that Clark had said the goal of the Brinks heist "was to finance a Republic of New Afrika consisting of former slave states."

(That's what they claimed, all right. But as Susan Braudy disclosed in her 2003 book about the case, "Family Circle," the real motive for the robbery was that BLA leader Doc Shakur needed money to pay his mortgage and buy cocaine.)

Still later, AP changed the story again. This time, Clark was referred to as "a former radical activist" - closer to the mark, but still rather a grand description for an accomplice to murder.

Clark was in the news in the first place because she's trying to get a new trial based on some hoaked-up technicalities. That's unlikely, but you never can tell.

Ask OJ...

So take a moment to think kindly of Sgt. Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly "Chipper" Brown of the Nyack police and Brinks guard Peter Paige - dead before their time at the hands of Judith Clark and her accomplices.

"Freedom fighter," indeed. How long before someone decides to name a street after her?


At 7:24 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

Oh this just really pisses me off! Sorry, but it's the truth. What the heck is wrong with these people other than the fact that they are liars?

May God rest the souls of those men who were killed by this piece of garbage. If I were to name anything after her it would be my kitty-litter scooper!

At 4:07 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Freedom Fighter?? Radical Activist?? Are you eff-ing kidding me? Cold blooded murderer would be more accurate.

What's next? Are they going to try to say Charles Manson was just "misunderstood"?

At 5:27 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

This is a common fight I have with the Duck. How is it that all these Commie criminals just happen to find jobs in our University system upon release.

At 7:41 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

I found an article today AC naming all the Black Panthers who are now in govt and all the politicians including Hillary who defended cold blooded killers...but shhhhhhh dont call them bad names....

At 8:52 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

How long are we going to allow Reuters and the AP to reconstruct events to fit into their world view?
They care more about those who kill than the victims...including the police.
Judith Clark went from a bank robber to a cop killer and is now called a "freedom fighter" by the AP.
I guess the dead police officers are just collateral damage caused by an unjust society in which Judith Clark fought valiantly against.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

AC-Alittle article you may find revealing!


At 1:25 PM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

Reporters must always do their best to be objective and not let their personal politics creep into their reporting. That's what we have blogs for.

Calling anyone who murders a law enforcement officer a "freedom fighter" makes me want to throw my laptop through the window. (but I won't cause it cost me a lot)

At 2:51 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

"Reporters must always do their best to be objective and not let their personal politics creep into their reporting."

That's what they learned in school but it's not what they practice. Reporters today are not only reporting the story but are often part of the story.
Using their position as a soapbox to stand on, reporters twist and turn the truth to fit in with their world view...even at the cost of truth.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Life Hiker said...

As one who usually is on the other side of your worldview, I must admit it feels good to say you got it exactly right.

But you got to admit that the media on both sides are often "over the top". Or do you?

At 5:29 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

The media is very prone to sensationalism Hiker. That is the main reason why they love news stories that bash the U.S. and especially conservatives.

Although some reporters are outright leftwing activists, that is only a small portion of the problem.

In the end, the bottom line is that the media cant sell advertising or increase their audience without shoveling some dirt.

Islamist and leftwing propaganda is so sensational that it gives the media prepackaged sound bites that create the kind of controversy that our media loves.

The two are interdependent upon each other...

At 7:56 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Speaking of cop-killers and their fans..
Here's something else to chew on.

Tonight in NYC:
The government's attacks on these long-time revolutionaries, who have already been tortured, and who are now being targetted as an attempt to end the legacy of the great struggles and victories of the Panthers, must be OPPOSED. Stand with our comrades! Come out to this event on Friday, March 2!

Suzanne Ross, for the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition

Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo…. New Orleans?
The US tortured Black activists, too
Friday, March 2nd, 7:00 pm
The Community Church of New York, 40 E. 35th St.
(between Park and Madison)
A program on the new (old) case against the Black Panther Party
FILMS: Legacy of Torture: The War Against the Black Liberation Movement;
and a Melvin van Peebles interview of Herman Bell, political prisoner and defendant in this case
SPEAKERS: Kathleen Cleaver, Soffiyah Elijah, NY City Councilman Charles Barron, Iyaluua Ferguson, Gita Gutierrez and others
Eight former members of the Black Panther Party are currently in jail on 35-year-old charges based largely on evidence the government gained using torture. This case represents the latest attempt to overturn habeas corpus and other human rights.
Come learn about this case, and hear from representatives of the jailed defendants and their movement
For more on the case of the SF8:
We will be collecting donations

SPONSORED BY: Center for Constitutional Rights, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, National Lawyers Guild NYC, NYC Jericho, NY Taskforce on Political Prisoners, Resistance in Brooklyn, Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project, Critical Resistance, Medgar Evers College Center for Law and Social Justice, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Its no surprise that the 60s rejects have updated their propaganda for the 21st Century.

They are struggling hard to make their 20th Century "values" seem like they have relevence in today's world.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Gayle: At least a kitty litter scooper serves a useful purpose... Not so with this inhuman filth.

Lawrd, I cannot wait for all the hippies plaguing our government and news outlets to die off. Maybe then we can get some common sense back in.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

life hiker..I do agree. Objectivity is no longer valued on either side.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger American Crusader said... is a never ending struggle.
The Black Panthers were nothing but a 60's gang sprouting Marxist propaganda while conducting a terrorist crime spree.
They used che guevara as an excuse to kill.
Thanks for the info.

At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit late on this thread, had to reload my OS.

Keep proving who these types really are AC!

Is it 'PC' to call them thus?
Insurgents, freedom fighters?
Murderers, may they rot in hell!

At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't start a revolution if you call your supporters "murderers" and not "freedom fighters". And a revolution is what the idiots wanted in the sixties... a "romantic purpose" to fullfill their spoiled and coddled little lives. Getting a college education and saving money so that you could responsibly start a family? That would have been too much drudgery and work

At 5:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nietzsche, "Genealogy of Morals"

However, the fact that generally the ascetic ideal has meant so much to human beings is an expression of the basic fact of the human will, its horror vacui [horror of a vacuum]. It requires a goal—and it will sooner will nothingness than not will. Do you understand me? . . . Have you understood me? . . . "Not in the slightest, my dear sir!"

At 6:10 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

"Getting a college education and saving money so that you could responsibly start a family? That would have been too much drudgery and work"

And it's not nearly as romantic as being a revolutionary..

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't we all want to think we serve some noble purpose? To slay dragons? We are all knights err-ant. Only some of us aren't afraid of "erring as much as others...

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Obob said...

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At 8:15 AM, Blogger Obob said...

the point we miss sometimes is the MSM really doesn't grasp the freedom they mock.
I read the paper and watch the news and bang my head through a wall, contractors love me for constant revenue, as a result of their cowardly writings. Our media takes for granted what our brave men and women are fighting for and what these freedom fighters are opposed. The journalists we have would never have the courage to speak against the government if they had to risk their lives. Thus they can throw terms like "freedom fighters" around and provide secrets of natioanl security knowing there is no real consequence.
My point is, there is no honor in the "gentlemen of the press." Did you see any of the painfully honest Danish cartoons or any real support form them? No it came from South Park. And they were editied by Comedy Central

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newspapers should be required to carry the following warning labels:

Any resemblence between the events and people described herein and any real personage or event is purely coincidental.

...and for the members of the press being gentlemen...


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