View Full Version : Elections AP's DC Bureau Chief in talks to join Obama campaign

07-30-2008, 12:55 AM
Maybe the media is biased?

Ron Fournier is the AP's top DC political reporter/editor. He runs all of the AP's DC reporting, which is to say almost all of the nationally printed articles about the campaigns in almost all of the newspapers in the country are authored, edited, managed or controlled by Fournier.

I don't care which side you are on, when one of the most important figures in straight (non pundit) journalism looks to jump in with a campaign (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/12149.html), something stinks.

And to be honest, I'm a little suprised the major media hasn't picked up on this, but maybe that's more of the media looking out for itself.

Hell, he was even caught sending Obama's chief political advisor an email saying "Keep up the fight" (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5har2x3C1pHAtchMse1gTn6lSOyNQD91U13C00).

And in looking around the net on this, Fournier has a pretty long history of having it out for all of the major GOP candidates.

A few comments I read about his reporting while reading about this story:

"he has turned a blind eye (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006) to Obama's obvious flip-flops"
"The Fournier revelation came as no surprise to anyone who has read his recent campaign work, which has routinely been caustic and dismissive of Republican contenders (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006)"
"(he) questioned whether Mitt Romney was a 'phony' (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006),"
"(he) announced the McCain suffered from 'utter self-absorption' (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006)"
"(Fournier) claimed that Rudy Guiliani was 'bordering on arrogance' (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006)".
he also said in one report that "both McCain and his wife, Cindy, ooze a sense of entitlement (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006)."

He's a straight reporter, not a Dem surrogate on cable news or a liberal blogger on DailyKos.

And while he's going after the Republicans, he "avoided raising any doubts about Sen. Obama, and in fact rushed to his aid in print during the senator's time of campaign need" (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006).

Just after Hillary Clinton's victory in New Hampshire he wrote (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006):

"Clinton's victory... was a defeat for authenticity in politics... (t)he New York Senator pandered to voters, distorted her opponents' record and continued to show why she's the most malleable -- and least credible -- major presidential candidate,... The man who spoke hard truths to Michigan lost."

Can you believe that? How is it possible that the media didn't cover that? I'm sorry, but that's just wrong, even if it helps Obama.

Here's a doozy (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006):

Then again, the AP and Obama seem to enjoy a special bond. Remember when McCain and Obama appeared separately before AP editors for Q&A sessions in April? Contrasting the two events, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote: "The putative Democratic presidential nominee was given a box of doughnuts and a standing ovation. The likely Republican nominee was likened to a war monger."

During McCain's Q&A with Fournier, AP colleague Liz Sidoti welcomed the candidate effusively and even dropped an Obama catchphrase:

We spend quite a bit of time with you ... asking you questions, and what we've decided to do today was invite everyone else along on the ride. We even brought you your favorite treat.

Obama cooed, "Oh, yes, with sprinkles!"

It was Sidoti who, weeks later, filed an McCain hit piece

Also note that during the AP lovefest that day, Fournier again and again prodded the Democrat to tag as McCain as being old and senile. ("You served with him for a couple of years. Did you ever see that "lost his bearings" behavior from him?").

He also assured readers, "Privately, aides and associates of McCain tell stories about a boss who can be aloof and ungracious".

Last one (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200807220006):

The next year, while reviewing the possible 2008 presidential field, Fournier insisted the Illinois senator was "favored by a majority of Democrats and independents who would vote in a general election." But that breathless claim had no factual basis.

07-30-2008, 07:37 AM
Now I understand why you always assume others are dishonest. It must seem natural to you. Nice try.

Ultra Peanut
07-30-2008, 07:54 AM
A journalist who fart in he mouth. He a shameful journalist.

07-30-2008, 03:05 PM
Obama's highest profile advisor (http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=8B58A658-3048-5C12-006F9CBBFFC54DE3) was just found to be in contempt of Congress (http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=978385a1-b81a-4d96-9adf-a06431ae2ffe).

This thing is falling apart.


Ultra Peanut
07-30-2008, 08:26 PM

07-31-2008, 12:18 AM
I think it's safe to conclude that this...

Ultra Peanut
07-31-2008, 01:18 AM
You can't run away from the truth, pat!

07-31-2008, 04:19 AM
This thread didn't even bring D game. Perhaps the JV squad has a spot open?

08-04-2008, 04:32 PM
This thread didn't even bring D game. Perhaps the JV squad has a spot open?

Can you believe the audacity of these guys?

And what about the AP? Amazing.

I guess the capaign decided they wanted to keep their media realtions person in charge of all AP political coverage in DC. Wise campaign move, IMO.

Not suprisingly the AP is the only one reporting this move by the Obama campaign, with no mention of Obama anywhere.


Ron Fournier named chief of AP's Washington bureau
3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) Ron Fournier, a former White House correspondent, national political writer and online political editor for The Associated Press, has been named chief of the AP's Washington bureau.

The appointment of Fournier, who had served as acting bureau chief since May, was announced Friday by Mike Oreskes, the AP's managing editor for U.S. news.

"The next Washington bureau chief of the AP must preserve the authority and standards we have spent 160 years building, while at the same time leading us into a new and rapidly changing world of journalism," Oreskes told a staff meeting in the bureau. "Fortunately, we have the perfect candidate at hand."

"There are few places in all of journalism more respected or closely watched than the Washington bureau of the Associated Press. And there are few moments in history when the AP's coverage of Washington has mattered more," Oreskes said. "The whole world really is watching Washington and American politics."

Fournier succeeds Sandy Johnson.

He joined the AP in 1989 in Little Rock, Ark., where he covered then-Gov. Bill Clinton. He moved to the Washington bureau after Clinton's election as president, and has covered the White House and national politics for all but a year since then.

Fournier, 45, won the Society of Professional Journalists' 2000 Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 election. He is a three-time winner of the White House Correspondents Association Merriman Smith award: for coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; for coverage of the Clinton White House; and for exclusive coverage of Clinton's second-term Cabinet selections.

A Detroit native who attended the University of Detroit, Fournier began his journalism career in 1985 at The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, Ark., and moved two years later to the Arkansas Democrat before joining the AP. He left the AP for a year in 2006 to serve as editor-in-chief of an Internet social network site called Hotsoup.com.