The New York-based Associated Press is the largest news broadcaster in the world. By 2016, news collected by the news agency was published and republished by more than 1,300 newspapers and broadcasters.
The AP operates 248 news bureaus in 99 countries. It also operates the AP Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative.
In other words, the Associated Press cabal wields enormous influence in the United States, Europe and the World of Islamic Republics.
Yesterday, Associated Press reluctantly caved in to an avalanche of denunciation, by deleting a tweet inciting hatred against French people by blaming France for the wave of Islamist terror attacks it has suffered.
AP astonishingly published: ‘Why does France incite anger in the Muslim world? Its brutal colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president who is seen as insensitive toward the Muslim faith all play a role.’
The venomous anti-Christian message linked up to an article which gave the AP’s analysis of why France has so frequently been the target of Muslim extremists.
Unsurprisingly the message provoked a furious backlash against the US media outlet, which was accused of endangering the lives of Christian people, not just the innocent long-suffering French peoples
‘This is not only disgraceful but dangerous. The Associated Press is inciting hatred against France and its people,’ journalist Agnes Poirier wrote.
Respondents accused the Associated Press of being ’apologists’ for terrorism and for ‘justifying’ the murder of innocent people.’ Respondents also shared photos and details about the lives of people who were murdered by terrorists in France.
The relentless onslaught of criticism prompted the New York-headquartered media organization to delete the message on Sunday. Before it was removed the inflammatory post had already racked up over 10,000 hostile responses from concerned readers and viewers regardless of race or religion.
The AP subsequently published a watered-down version of the post and issued an explanation for its use of the word ‘incites.’ However, it stopped short of an apology and the article remains on its website.
The news agency’s replacement posts did little to appease anger on social media, as Twitter users continued to post their objections to the Associated Press Agency’s handling of the issue.
The uproar comes just days after an Islamist attacker armed with a knife killed three people in a church in Nice. That incident came less than two weeks after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school 20 miles north-west of Paris, after showing students cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech.
In recent years, the number of people reading printed media or tuning in to radio and television media has plummeted. Mainstream, viewed as ‘the keyboard the state plays on’ is increasingly isolated as an influential news forum.
‘This (alternative media) generation is burning the mass media to the ground. We are reclaiming our rights to world history,’ says dissident journalist Julian Assange. Source
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