Sunday, September 04, 2011

AP Apparently Misleads Readers On Perry's NH Speech; But His "Moderate" Record On Illegal Immigration Remains

The Associated (with Obama) Press has apparently mislead readers on his border security comments yesterday in a speech in New Hampshire, which was the source of a post here yesterday (Gateway Pundit).
Yesterday the AP reported this on Rick Perry’s campaign stop in New Hampshire:

Speaking to hundreds of Granite State voters at a private reception, the Texas governor was asked whether he supported a fence along the Mexican border.


“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”


The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member.

But, Weasel Zippers found this report from WOIA TV on Perry’s speech:

Speaking to hundreds of Granite State voters at a private reception, the Texas governor was asked whether he supported a fence along the Mexican border.


“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”


Instead, Perry said he supported “strategic fencing” and National Guard troops to prevent illegal immigration and violence from Mexican drug cartels.

The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. And it exposed an ongoing rift with some conservative voters over Perry’s immigration record.

The AP deleleted the part of Perry’s speech that including using “strategic fencing” and National Guard troops on the border.

And, then there’s this.
There was no angry shout from the audience. At least that’s what one audience member said.
Via Instapundit:

A BLOG REPORT FROM RICK PERRY’S SPEECH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: “I attended that event, stood about 15 feet from where he delivered those remarks and never heard an ‘angry shout’. Either the AP is making it up or it wasn’t much of a shout. Perhaps they can supply the audio.”


Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any video of the reported incident.

** Once again - If you plan on attending one of these events PLEASE bring your camera with you.

If this is correct, then the A(O)P needs to issue a retraction. This is shoddy reporting I would not equate as "journalism." I also agree with the last statement, bring cameras, flip cameras, cell phones, whatever. Because the lapdog media will do anything to deceive their audience and protect "That One."

However, Perry still has a lot to answer for, in regards to his record on illegal immigration. Need more evidence? Here's a report from KVUE in Austin where Perry, running for re-election as Texas Governor last year, touts a "guest worker" program that Texas liberal Democrats liked.


You say Perry's plan in 2010 was shades of Jorge W. Arbusto & Juan McCain's "Comprehensive Immigration Reform."

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