Full Speech: Media Distort Rand Paul Address by Cribbing Off AP Report

Tony Lee
Big Journalism
7 Nov 2013

Though Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) never once mentioned the word “abortion” in his address at Liberty University last week — a speech that caused MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to become apoplectic — the Associated Press, immediately targeted Paul’s speech as a crusade against abortion.

Because so many outlets use the AP as source material, myriad writers simply cribbed from the original AP story, without watching Paul’s speech or obtaining a transcript, focusing in on Paul’s abortion position. Despite their own complaints about Paul’s supposed plagiarism in a speech, the media made clear that its own work is often cribbed from different sources.

AP’s headline blared: “Rand Paul warns eugenics on horizon unless conservatives stand up against abortion rights.” That story was republished in papers like the Washington Post and other outlets, prompting papers such as the Lexington-Herald Leader to wrongly report that Paul spoke on abortion, which he did not. The publication has since issued a correction

…Speaking to 10,000 college students at the Liberty University arena, Paul spoke about the intersections of freedom and virtue, and how a free society requires virtue, especially in a world in which technology is advancing at a rapid clip. Paul spoke thoughtfully on his reflections about eugenics, emerging genetic technologies and advancements that will allow for manipulation and the search for human perfection. All of that was ignored by the media…


The complete article is at Big Journalism.



Update: Sen. Ted Cruz holds his own against ‘prosecuting attorney’ Jay Leno 

…Don’t try to use an applause meter to gauge Jay Leno audience’s support for Ted Cruz. Leno’s questions, though, certainly weren’t the sort that President Boyfriend is used to hearing when he appears on TV…





Comments are closed.