Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Bill Amberg, the GOP's secret weapon, part 2

Or the pot calls the kettle black...

Last week, I had a post on how Bill Amberg is the GOP's secret weapon. Llyodletta seemed to disagree. Why a supposed Republican would defend someone lacking any sense of intellegance is beyond me.

Now it's Democrats pulling news story off Web site
Associated Press

The state DFL Party pulled an Associated Press article with an altered headline from its Web site Tuesday, two weeks after Republican Rep. Rep. Mark Kennedy drew criticism for selectively editing news stories posted on his campaign site.

The DFL Party removed the story soon after the AP alerted a party official that it was looking into improper use of the wire service's material. A Star Tribune article was posted in its place.

Ironically, the story at issue deals with the Kennedy flap. Kennedy is running for the U.S. Senate next year and his campaign changed several stories from the AP and other news organizations to remove negative comments about him. The campaign has since changed its posting practices.

The DFL substituted the AP's headline about the Kennedy incident — "Kennedy campaign says it will provide links to full articles'' — with a slanted one — "Mark Kennedy Misleading Minnesotans About His Record.'' The party also used bold and italic type to emphasize parts of the AP's Aug. 10 article.

Bill Amberg, a DFL spokesman, said the party took the AP story from the Star Tribune newspaper's Web site before adding the new headline and emphasis. The Star Tribune's rewrite of AP copy matched the story on the DFL site, with the exception of the headline."

"We're not guilty of the same offense'' as Kennedy, Amberg said. "Obviously, I'm not stupid enough in a story where Kennedy is doing this to do the exact same thing.''

Amberg added, "Why aren't the Republicans and Mark Kennedy working on health care, Iraq and education issues Minnesotans care about rather than surfing Web sites to try to get political revenge?''

Heidi Frederickson, a campaign spokeswoman for Kennedy, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Dave Pyle, the AP's Minnesota bureau chief, said any use of AP stories by a nonsubscriber is unauthorized without the company's permission.

"Even if a political candidate or party were authorized to use AP content, AP would not permit alteration of the content by the site,'' Pyle said.

Pyle turned the matter over to AP's attorneys in Washington after an anonymous blogger, with the help of a Republican operative, brought the matter to the wire service's attention.

(Source: Assoicated Press, August 25, 2005)

How stupid is the guy? He did the exact same thing Kennedy did. To make matters worse, on the article in which the Democrats accuse Kennedy of misdeeds. I hope that DFL Chair Brian Melendez doesn't punish Amberg for this, Republicans need him around for another year.


At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"exact same thing" is not true. In this instance, the DFL wrote their own headline, and from the looks of it, they weren't trying to pawn it off as the AP's headline.

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

No, it is the exact same thing.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Zack said...

Just because you say it is? You don't refute his point. You're like a toddler: no reason - just noise.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Zack said...

I do think Amberg is an idiot, and I think what he did is close enough to what Kennedy did, but your response to the anonymous comment was just stupid.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

You accuse me of having no reason, acting like a toddler, but that's exactley the logic your "ps" used...

At 10:44 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

I posted about how I thought Brian McClung, Pawlenty's spokesperson really stuck his foot in it - and linked to the excellent post on this topic by Mary Tambonino (Vixen) who contributes to Lloydletta's Nooz.

It's not the first time McClung has stuck his foot in his mouth. He does this on a regular basis.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

While you may not hold him in high regard, I can't find any info on the Pawlenty website in which they make up titles to AP stories.

Why are you trying to protect your friend Bill Amberg? He's guilty.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

I don't know Bill Amberg - and I never defended him. I was pointing out that you misrepresented what I said in comments on your previous post.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

And you've never misrepresented anyone...


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