Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

Contact the Associated Press (updated)... Kathleen Carroll (Fournier's boss) at kcarroll@ap.org or (212) 621-1500. Be POLITE, but be FIRM. Let them know that you don't want to see them serve as stenographers and amplifiers for pure spin by the McCain campaign.

I wrote earlier that the Associated Press' new Washington bureau chief Ron Fournier was sounding an awful lot like a surrogate for John McCain in his "analysis" piece on the Biden pick that ran across the wires overnight. What I didn't remember at the time was that it wasn't a long time ago that the McCain campaign was actually trying to hire Fournier.

Before Ron Fournier returned to The Associated Press in March 2007, the veteran political reporter had another professional suitor: John McCain's presidential campaign.

In October 2006, the McCain team approached Fournier about joining the fledgling operation, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. In the months that followed, said a source, Fournier spoke about the job possibility with members of McCain's inner circle, including political aides Mark Salter, John Weaver and Rick Davis.

Maybe it shouldn't be surprising that it sounds like Fournier is working hard to carry water for John McCain, or that he engaged in months of conversations at the highest levels of the McCain campaign about taking a senior level position with the outfit. This is, after all, the guy who told Karl Rove to "keep up the fight" during the investigation into the death of Pat Tilman, who editorialized about Howard Dean in what was supposed to have been a straight ahead news piece ("his lack of foreign policy experience, testy temperament, policy flip-flops, campaign miscues and edgy anti-war, antiestablishment message"), who was one of the worst disseminators of entirely false and scurrilous GOP attacks on Al Gore in 1999 and 2000 ("He [Gore] claimed credit for inventing the Internet" and "Gore, who once claimed to have invented the Internet", to take two examples).

If pure Republican spin and McCain talking points are what we are to expect out of the AP under Fournier, it's going to be a long hard slog full of truth squading between now and election day.

Update [2008-8-23 11:6:1 by Jonathan Singer]: Much more on the specifics of the problems with the Fournier piece from the inimitable Steve Benen, who has moved from his Carpetbagger Report over to The Political Animal over at The Washington Monthly.

Update [2008-8-23 11:49:45 by Jonathan Singer]:"McCain camp delights in Fournier piece", writes Jonathan Martin. No doubt they should delight -- they appear to have the AP's Washington bureau chief, who they almost hired, in their back pocket.

Tags: Associated Press, Ron Fournier (all tags)

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Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

We should email the AP and ask that Fournier be fired.  Calling all democrats, go out and demand that the AP fires this guy.  We can do it.

by Spanky 2008-08-23 07:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

We have to at least make enough stink that he realizes he can't get away with it.

by vcalzone 2008-08-23 07:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

You realize .. that Murdoch is on the board of the AP .. as well as Sam Zell .. right?  They want it to become another right wing mouthpiece

by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle 2008-08-23 07:45AM | 0 recs
Fire Ron Fournier

Someone noted that the FireFournier domain name was available.

Personally, I think FireRonFournier dot whatever is a stronger message -- but if it's a go, all variations and dot com-org-net permutations should be harvested.

The only way we can break the GOP death grip on the MSM is by putting the fear of unemployment into them.

Ron Fournier is the perfect target, and getting him fired would be a wake up call for all of the Beltway Gasbags that routinely trash Democrats and carry water for the GOP.

Until the MSM is conditioned to break out in a cold sweat and pee their pants when they so much as think about trashing a Democrat, our team will be at a huge disadvantage.

The FireRonFournier movement is a great place to start.

No apologies, no mea culpas --

Associated Press, Fire Ron Fournier.

by ck 2008-08-23 10:40AM | 0 recs
One more 'Christian soldier'

Karl Rove exchanged e-mails about Pat Tillman with Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier, under the subject line "H-E-R-O." In response to Mr. Fournier's e-mail, Mr. Rove asked, "How does our country continue to produce men and women like this," to which Mr. Fournier replied, "The Lord creates men and women like this all over the world. But only the great and free countries allow them to flourish. Keep up the fight."

http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/arc hives/16198.html

by BlueinColorado 2008-08-23 07:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

Glad to see I'm not the only one who noticed this travesty of "journalism." My jaw dropped when I stumbled onto the Fournier hit job last night.

It's too bad Democrats don't have a machine already in place like the GOP does to denounce stories they don't like and get it into the press.

by Glaurung 2008-08-23 07:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

He's a Republican shrill as is his favorite reporter the infamous, Nedra Pickler.

by temptxan 2008-08-23 08:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

Fournier's smart. Smarter than any of you.

Well, he's got to be smarter than you, at least.  But that's a pretty low bar to clear.  I think the GEICO cavemen could make it, too.

by katerina 2008-08-23 09:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?

I just called the AP office and left my comments that if AP can't fire Mr. Founier that at least should take him out of DC.  Somewhere he can't do any harm.  I also said that I found it beyond words that the AP let Mr. Fournier write an article that was straight from McBush talking points.  It is byond disgusting.

by Spanky 2008-08-23 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Is Fournier Moonlighting for McCain?
Christians are obligated by their belief in Christ to follow the teachings of Him .
People need to read the new testament, even if you don't believe. Buy wholesale electronics and Memory cards to see what hypocrites the President and the fascist right really are bluetooth headset.
by rolex 2008-08-23 07:31PM | 0 recs

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