I fought the AP and I won!

David Espo has an interesting article on the AP wires at this hour on the new CBO report on Social Security. The central point of the report is that the program's trust fund, originally believed to run out in 2042, will now survive at least until 2052, a vast improvement.

When I checked Yahoo! News, to my chagrin the headline to the article read as follows: "Social Security to Be Depleted by 2052." Not only was this disingenuous (the trust fund will run out that year, not the program itself), it belies the point of the article. Social Security is getting safer, not less secure.

I promptly called the national desk of the Associated Press to demand a correction (as I had successfully done in the past). I explained to three people in the New York bureau exactly how this headline not only conflicted with Espo's article but was more importantly untrue. To my surprise, they agreed.

After making a follow up call to the Washington bureau, I was pleased to find that the headline on the electronic wire was changed within minutes. What's more, the new headline is not swayed by the Bush administration's indoctrination. On both Yahoo! News and AP.org, the new headline reads "New Soc. Sec. Estimates More Optimistic."

It's not often that a small blogger can effect change in a news organization the size of the Associated Press. Tonight is proof that anyone with the will to fact-check the mainstream media can ensure that the American people are not bombarded with the President's spin.

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14 Comments

Nice
Score one for the good guys.
by coldeye 2005-01-31 05:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Nice
I will score you a four, sir.

The New Democrat

by demburns 2005-02-01 07:09AM | 0 recs
good job! N/T
by annatopia 2005-01-31 05:14PM | 0 recs
Congrats
Speak truth to power, and in a democracy truth will always win.
by DemDog 2005-01-31 05:15PM | 0 recs
Well Done!
by up2date 2005-01-31 05:27PM | 0 recs
Awesome
Ok.. now I feel inadequate for not calling AP when I spotted them not mentioning torture in their story on the Gonzales vote. I wrote a diary about it but should have followed up with action.

Nice job!

by Curt Matlock 2005-01-31 05:31PM | 0 recs
Mazel Tov n/t
by kydem 2005-01-31 05:47PM | 0 recs
this is what working the refs is all about
Well done!

We need to not be shy about contacting journalists and editors directly. The right has been doing this for decades.

by desmoinesdem 2005-01-31 07:20PM | 0 recs
fuck THE MAN!
That's right!

Who works for who?

YOU work for US, you journalistic lapdogs!
Now bend over and take it.

by Sam Loomis 2005-02-01 04:15AM | 0 recs
Needs to be done more often
Journalist are the laziest of our breed.  Most will gladly attend a press conference and turn around and parrot the lines they heard as long as it helps fill 21 column-inches of paper.
by jcjcjc 2005-02-01 04:58AM | 0 recs
Get thee a tip jar!!!
Great job!
by Alex Urevick 2005-02-01 05:00AM | 0 recs
this made my day yesterday
Of course, I'm now quoting the new headline. Thanks!
by Bob Brigham 2005-02-01 05:43AM | 0 recs
stick it to the man
You're, like, a one-man version of the completely absent Democratic infrastructure.

Alas, we're a couple of decades a few billion dollars short of a working system to accomplish these things.

Good job.

by prouddem 2005-02-01 05:56AM | 0 recs
Count Me Among Your Fans!
Great Work - Great Post!

You transcended complaining, and demanded action.  That's Just Dead On!

Our DFA meetup has a media "rapid response team", and they're getting copied on your post.

by MarkMyWords 2005-02-01 08:15AM | 0 recs

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