Too big to fact check? ‘Not our job’ says AP Editor

Tuesday's Horse

by VICKERY ECKHOFF

89 mainstream media outlets picked up the AP’s flawed Valley Meat coverage. Only one (The Christian Science Monitor) responded to public requests for correction.

Vickery Eckhoff. Google image. Vickery Eckhoff. Google image.

A series of 18 AP news stories that repeated significant factual errors for a year and a half will not be corrected, according to AP West Editor, Traci Carl.

The articles, which Ms. Carl admits were not fact-checked, followed the attempts of a Roswell, NM, abattoir—Valley Meat—to slaughter horses based on the argument that it would diminish horse abuse and neglect. But there was a problem with that premise, which correlated data showing increasing horse abuse and neglect reported by the GAO (Government Accountability Office) with the closure of the last three domestic horse slaughter plants.

The AP reporter, Jeri Clausing, misreported the closing dates by a year, however, causing the correlation with the GAO data to turn…

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