Friday, October 01, 2004

ABC "news": we just make it up ahead of time 

Hey! Wasn't this a Daily Show skit?
The dolts at ABC apparently posted a debate wrap-up story five or six hours before the debate began. If you visit American Politics Journal you can find a link on their Newswire (right sidebar) to the ABC yarn which was re-posted to a Dem Underground forum at 04:34pm, Thursday Sept, 30, 2004.

See APJ: Boneheads at ABC post AP debate "wrapup" -- 5 hours before debate begins! - Via APJ at link above. Or you can read the DU forum ABC post here (note the past tense used in parts of the story: Link

The ABC story posted to the DU forum reads in part:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. Sept. 30, 2004 — After a deluge of campaign speeches and hostile television ads, President Bush and challenger John Kerry got their chance to face each other directly Thursday night before an audience of tens of millions of voters in a high-stakes debate about terrorism, the Iraq war and the bloody aftermath.

The ABC post has been removed from the ABC website where it apparently originally existed so I copied a line from the Dem Underground re-post (highlighted in yellow above) and ran it through Google just to see what popped up. Below are two Google screen shots taken at 9am Friday, Oct 1, 2004. Each displays search terms clipped from the ABC story posted to the Dem Underground forum.

Note the "18 hours ago" citation. Which means that the ABC post originally appeared sometime around 3pm or 4pm on Thursday.The ABC link in that Google screenshot is identical to the link provided in the DU forum ABC re-post.

A second search of words contained in the ABC story cacked up the same ABC story and link but this time there is also a Detroit Free Press item listed. So I checked out the DFP story (credited to the FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES) and noticed that some of it's contents are lifted directly from the disappeared ABC story.

For example: The opening paragraph of the ABC piece is repeated exactly in the fifth paragraph of the DFP story. There are other excerpts from the ABC story which also appear in the DFP story. Although, as far as I know, the DFP story wasn't published five or six hours prior to the debate but rather sometime early this morning. But, clearly, some of it's content was obviously written prior to the debate. I dunno what's in those other 2500 related items. I didn't look.

DPF story here: Kerry, Bush spar over Iraq policy October 1, 2004.


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