This just in from Scott Horton.
Former Birmingham News ace reporter Brett Blackledge was recently hired by Ron Fournier, head of the AP’s Washington Bureau.
The AP’s Washington coverage has demonstrated a clear-cut GOP slant ever since Fournier took over, and the Blackledge hire is no doubt designed to help lock that in. Fournier’s key “inside source” and adviser is none other than Karl Rove.
This is now being reported by the independent Talking Points Memo:
Earlier today we noted the possible role of AP Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier is turning the AP’s campaign coverage into “complete crap.”
Now from the just released Tillman Report, it seems Fournier was also one of the reporters exchanging emails the day of Tillman’s death with Karl Rove of all people – and according to the report at least, offering advice on how to handle the story.
“Keep up the fight,” Fournier tells Rove.
What fight? Objective journalism?
Looks like Rove’s Alabama Republican news buddy has hit the big time : )
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