Though I admit I have a general disdain for The Associated Press, my following complaints are expressed in earnest. I believe the AP twists the truth. In the AP briefs on A2 on Sept. 14, the AP writes that the University of California-Berkeley is “the birthplace of America’s free speech movement.” What?! Hmmm, and all this time, I thought that the United States’ Founding Fathers recognized free speech as a constitutional right in the 1770s.
Let me explain why I’m so uptight. I am a former Special Ops soldier. I wore a green beret — not because I got a high score on Call to Battle XXX, or bought one at Col. Bubbie’s — but because I earned it, and then served in Central America. People like me have been formally trained how to undermine and destabilize communities and governing regimes. So, I recognize propaganda when I see it. And, I understand the kind of agenda that drives such propaganda.
There once were alternative wire services, like Reuters and UPI (actually, they still exist, but are not locally available). In the absence of other press sources, AP will continue to treat us like we’re stupid. Because, in fact, AP believes that we are stupid.