AP Spins toward Illegitimacy

The Associated Press came out with a “typical” piece of biased journalism today. With the wonderful news coming from Iraq this week including the absolutely phenomenal election story, the AP leads their piece with “Sunnis Question Iraq Election Legitimacy”. Since the Sunni clerics decided to boycott the election before it was held, I am not sure what the AP was expecting to hear from the Sunni clerics after the election but they led with the one negative they could find in the news coming from Iraq. If you read further you also hear the very positive news that…

The police chief in Mosul demanded the insurgents hand over weapons within two weeks or he would “wipe out” anyone giving them shelter.

And further down you hear that…

Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, meanwhile, hosted a meeting of leaders from 16 of the country’s prominent political factions Wednesday, his office said.

The leaders, who included President Ghazi al-Yawer, Sunni elder politician Adnan Pachachi and Finance Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Shiite, agreed to pursue the participation of all political, ethnic and religious groups in the new government, the statement said.

And, this…

The level of insurgent violence has appeared to drop sharply after the election

And, this…

Meanwhile, Carlos Valenzuela, the chief U.N. election expert in Iraq, told the AP that turnout in Sunni Arab areas was higher than expected, with lines forming outside polling centers in insurgency strongholds like Fallujah and Mosul.

And, finally this news…

Elsewhere, Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday urged the world body to stop using the country’s oil revenue to pay compensation to Kuwaiti victims of the 1991 Gulf War (news – web sites) and the salaries of U.N. weapons inspectors.

The payments were mandated under resolutions approved by the U.N. Security Council after a U.S.-led coalition drove Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991.

“I think it’s generally acknowledged that Iraq now does not pose such a threat and does not in its present form have any weapons of mass destruction,” Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie said. “And, therefore, to continue to fund a bureaucracy to do what? To just continue to say every day that they have found nothing?”

But since that would be too positive, realistic, unbiased, and true, the AP decides to continue down their propaganda slide.

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