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AP released a report this morning containing Blackwater head Eric Prince's rebuke to the Congressional committee providing oversight on the Blackwater killings.

"Blackwater Chief Defends Actions in Iraq"

WASHINGTON - The founder of Blackwater USA on Tuesday vigorously defended his private security company against charges of covering up Iraqi civilian deaths, saying 30 of its contractors have been killed while protecting U.S. diplomats and no Americans have died while under its watch.

"There is no better evidence of the skill and dedication of these men," Erik Prince said in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing and obtained by The Associated Press. Prince said there has been a "rush to judgment based on inaccurate information."

The article by AP's Richard Lardner was pre-written using Prince's comments and carefully planned for release this morning. It was on my homepage by 10 est, just as the hearing was set to begin. How did Lardner know Prince "vigorously defended" his company's actions if his testimony had not yet taken place?

The AP story will become the "official" version adopted by newspapers and radio and TV stations around the world. The AP story gives only Prince's version. Why is AP spinning for Blackwater? Why is AP taking part in neocon perception management?

 

Kathlyn Stone is a Minnesota-based writer covering science and medicine, health care and related policies.-She publishes www.fleshandstone.net, a health and science news site.

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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/2... by Jay Lovestone on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 at 11:31:15 AM
Is Prince wanting to buy influence with the Greens... by Kathlyn Stone on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 at 1:42:50 PM
Our $1 billion in tax dollars spent on no-bid... by Kathlyn Stone on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 at 2:49:49 PM
 PRINCE, ERIK MRMCLEAN,VA 22102SELF/BUSI... by steve scheetz on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 at 7:30:41 PM
thanks to their tight association with the RN... by Kathlyn Stone on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 at 7:42:44 PM
Checkout the National Initiative for Democracy and... by Anton Grambihler on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007 at 10:04:04 PM
"Authorized Propaganda".  Great cat... by Elizabeth Ferrari on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2007 at 11:33:17 AM
I recall seeing several "test" arti... by Kathlyn Stone on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2007 at 12:02:33 PM
"Authorized Propaganda" is a perfect des... by Lauria Hale on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2007 at 2:29:04 PM
Bush is just letting Blackwater get in lots of pra... by lucydavis on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2007 at 6:03:23 PM