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AP reporter caught lying in Perry story

Background. Rick Perry has been in New Hampshire this weekend and was at a TEA party gathering answering questions. The story it seems starts when someone asked Perry about his stance on having a fence along the Mexican border.

The AP’s “version” of the event: Perry tells NH ‘no’ to border fence

“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”

Instead, Perry said he supported “strategic fencing” and National Guard troops to prevent illegal immigration and violence from Mexican drug cartels.

The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. And it exposed an ongoing rift with some conservative voters over Perry’s immigration record.

Seems that there was another reporter blogger in the middle of the crowd there listening to the entire discussion, in fact the entire question and answer session. Jane Woodworth from youtoocongress.com recounts the entire time on her blog named Perry won’t be demanding Greek columns

I attended that event, stood about 15 feet from where he delivered those remarks and never heard an “angry shout”. Either the AP is making it up or it wasn’t much of a shout. Perhaps they can supply the audio.

From there Newsbusters picked up the story : AP reports at least one person shouts at Perry

I’m curious if anyone else who blogs was at the Perry TEA party event and could report on it.

I am also wondering that once this falsehood comes out, will the AP retract the story, or will they go even further and fire the reporter for making the ultimate sin in journalism….

Yeah like that is going to happen.