As you've all heard, Bill Clinton is in the hospital waiting to have open-heart surgery. President Bush offered his thoughts and prayers to the Clinton family in a speech given at a rally today. The Ass. Press described the crowd's reaction thusly:
Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.
Problem is, that never happened. The writer may have wished for it to happen; hell, a lot of folks probably wish it did happen. But it didn't. Listen to the audio. In fact, the crowd's reaction was exactly the opposite: expressions of sympathy at the announcement and cheers when the President sent our wishes for a speedy recovery. The AP has revised the story, omitting the above-quoted two sentences, but has not issued a correction.
This is alarming enough because publishing those two sentences is clearly actionable slander by the Ass. Press; I mean, when you consider that the boos were made up completely out of whole cloth (just listen to the audio), there's no doubt as to the malice requirement for slander of a public figure. What makes the lie -- no, the heinous, dispicable, jaw-dropping, not-to-be-fucking-believed, hate-filled lie -- so dangerous (and worse than Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair combined) is that it's spreading like Captain Trips all over the country. The indispensible Power Line, which has been all over this, has the full round-up.
UPDATE: A kind commenter has listed the writer's name and contact information, as well as that of his editor's. Instapundit notes that it's not the first time that writer has, ahem, taken poetic license to Bush's detriment. Drop them a note explaining -- civilly, of course -- what you think of what they did here. I already have.