Sunday, January 28, 2007

AP edits Conyers remarks at anti-war rally

Jim Senyszyn at pagans4peace writes:

Here's the AP story about this morning's peace rally in Washington, D.C.:

Tens of thousands march against Iraq war

By CALVIN WOODWARD and LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writers

"WASHINGTON - Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq. ..."

Here's how the story reports the words of Congressman John Conyers at the rally:

The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. John Conyers, threatened to use congressional spending power to try to stop the war. "George Bush has a habit of firing military leaders who tell him the Iraq war is failing," he said, looking out at the masses. "He can't fire you." Referring to Congress, the Michigan Democrat added: "He can't fire us."

[The authors follow with one more quote from Conyers, and that is all to be said about him.]

"The founders of our country gave our Congress the power of the purse because they envisioned a scenario exactly like we find ourselves in today. Now only is it in our power, it is our obligation to stop Bush."

And here's how Conyers actually said the part about who can fire whom:

"George Bush has a habit of firing military leaders who tell him the Iraq war is failing. But let me tell you something. He can't fire you, he can't fire us, but we can fire him." At these words, the crowd erupted in cheers. Conyers repeated, "We can fire him." The cheers rose again, and there were chants of "Impeach! Impeach".

Notice the difference?

Here's an audio snippet (mp3)

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