MEDIA MALPRACTICE! AP Fires Reporter After Retracting Story About Russian Missiles Hitting Poland

AP News has fired one of the reporters responsible for a story last week that alleged Russian missiles hit Poland, killing two civilians; the report sourced a “senior U.S. intelligence official.”

From Breitbart News:

The story set off a firestorm of concern across social media as people wondered if this would be a Franz Ferdinand-type of event that would plunge the Western world into full-scale war with a nuclear power. One day later, the Associated Press took down the story and issued an editor’s note saying that the unnamed “senior U.S. intelligence official” relayed incorrect information.

“Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack,” the editor’s note said. 

According to The Daily Beast, “the piece, which was originally co-bylined with John Leicester (who is still working at the AP), attributed the information to a single ‘senior U.S. intelligence official,’ despite the AP’s rule that it ‘routinely seeks and requires more than one source when sourcing is anonymous.’”

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