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AP Withdraws Bogus Article Claiming Rand Paul Said Voters Want To Round Up Immigrants

Home - by - February 18, 2013 - 08:00 America/New_York - 10 Comments


The folks at the Associated Press have a lot of egg on their faces Sunday.

Politico hours ago released a Bulletin Kill from the wire service withdrawing an article published earlier in the day with the inflammatory headline “Sen. Paul: Voters Want to Round Up Immigrants”:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., saying he sees some in the (sic) his party favoring a 2016 presidential candidate with an immigration policy that would “round up people … and send them back to Mexico.” That quote was in the transcript of “Fox News Sunday” that was distributed after Paul’s interview on the show. A subsequent Associated Press review of an audio recording of the show determined that the transcript had dropped the word “don’t” from that quote, and Paul actually said, “They don’t want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico.”

The piece still currently available at numerous websites including Philly.com reads:

A Republican senator says he sees some in his party favoring a 2016 presidential candidate with an immigration policy that would “round people up … and send them back to Mexico.” [...]

Paul says people want a party that’s “less aggressive on foreign policy” and drug laws. Paul says he sees voters wanting, quote, “somebody who wants to round people up, put in camps and send them back to Mexico.”

Now in fairness to the AP, the transcript still available at FoxNews.com does indeed read:

PAUL: I think people want a party that’s a little bit less aggressive on foreign policy, still believes in a strong national defense but less aggressive. They want — the young people want politicians who don’t want them in jail for 20 years for a nonviolent drug position charge. So, they want a little bit different phase. I think people want a little different phase on immigration frankly. They want someone somebody who wants to round people up, put in camps and send them back to Mexico.

However, shouldn’t it be someone’s responsibility at the nation’s leading wire service to crosscheck the accuracy of such transcripts especially given the disclaimer at the top of the page:

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/02/17/ap-withdraws-piece-titled-sen-paul-voters-want-round-immigrants#ixzz2LDTp0xvD



  1. Diann

    February 18th, 2013

    Retract away. The damage is already done. That was the point.

    We no longer have a Free Press. They willingly enslaved themselves to the Democrat Party. The point of “Freedom of the Press” in the First Amendment was to ensure that there was an exterior check and balance in place outside of the government holding our leaders to account, keeping our leaders honest, without fear of recrimination. But with the advent of Obama, the Free Press willingly relinquished their role and happily, enthusiastically enslaved themselves.

    So, they release a story that is a lie. And after enough people have read it, they retract it. It was a tactic. Just like accusing the Aurora Shooter of being a member of the Tea Party. Enough people heard it. The damage was done.

    A Free Press was there to ensure our Liberty. What happens to us now that they are slaves?

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  2. Carlos The Jackal

    February 18th, 2013

    See, that’s the problem.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with rounding up freeloaders and sending them back where they came from, or further south, if it makes it more difficult to get back to the US border.

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  3. Unruly Refugee

    February 18th, 2013

    @Diann, you nailed it right there.

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  4. Dr. Tar

    February 18th, 2013

    Typical, the only way to get the AP to pay any attention is to say something career ending and Senator Paul never even said it in the first place. But if you’re conservative and have anything worth while to say its all yawns and crickets over at there. So the best you can hope for is that AP doesn’t report on you.

    Its heads we win or tails we aren’t playing.

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  5. RANDO

    February 18th, 2013

    All of the above.
    Time was when this country had very few freeloaders. The foundations of our country are being undermined by those who had no stake in making it.
    Stop encouraging freeloaders!

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  6. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 18th, 2013

    As an equal opportunity critic of most media outlets, who’s the douche at FoxNews who wrote the transcript and can anything be released at FoxNews with no oversight? Pathetic!

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  7. Tim

    February 18th, 2013

    Well, I’m not a Republican, but I’d vote for someone, anyone, who would support ridding the country of rat-people. Either through deportation or the elimination of welfare, which would make them self-deport.

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  8. MNHawk

    February 18th, 2013

    It’s still up at Yahoo News, where more low information Americans get their news than any other source.

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  9. MM

    February 18th, 2013

    Actually, I’m all for drop kicking any illegal back into their original country. You always hear, just HTF are we going to deport 20M illegals and the answer is simple, one bus or plane full at a time.

    Of course the fortitude required to yaknow, enforce our own GD laws, is sorely lacking-OMG Dick Gregory doesn’t like me. OH NOES!!!

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  10. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 18th, 2013

    What @Diann said.

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