On Sunday, the Associated Press put out a story that claimed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) said some voters would favor a presidential candidate in 2016 who would "round people up ... and send them back to Mexico." But the wire service killed the story in what Politico called the "retraction of the year," after reviewing audio of the statement to discover the word "don't" was dropped.
Paul actually said, "They don't want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico."
Nevertheless, a number of websites continue to run the bogus story.
As of this writing, the false quote remains at philly.com, for example.
"However," Sheppard said, "shouldn't it be someone's responsibility at the nation's leading wire service to crosscheck the accuracy of such transcripts especially given the disclaimer at the top of the page" which clearly states that what follows is a "rush transcript" that "may not be in its final form and may be updated."
"We in the business are quite aware that these transcripts from all the television news agencies are rushed and often contain numerous errors," Sheppard added.
Nevertheless, the wire service was left with a lot of egg on its face.
"Unless every news organization that reported it issues a retraction," Sheppard added, "it's going to remain out there as another charge against a Tea Party senator already despised by the media."
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