AP fires reporter behind fake news about Russian attack on Poland

Published November 22, 2022 at 6:41 p.m

The news that a Russian robot had hit the Polish village of Przewodow on the border with Ukraine hit like a bomb last week. Many expressed concern that this could be the starting point for World War III.

However, it soon turned out that it was apparently a Ukrainian robot that hit the village and killed two people.

But when the news was fresh, the AP published an article written by reporter James LaPorta, in which a “senior” but anonymous American “intelligence source” allegedly confirmed that Russia was behind the attack. This notice was then used by the British and other media to point out the Russians as responsible.

The article was subsequently taken down by the AP, which published a correction clarifying that the alleged source was wrong.

The news agency has now chosen to fire James LaPorta. The AP refers to its policy that at least two sources must usually be cited if the sources are anonymous. In addition, LaPorta allegedly misled the editors by claiming that a senior editor had already approved his article.


Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.

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