Sunday, March 25, 2012

AP withdraws story of Gaza power cuts-related baby death after learning it occurred 3 weeks earlier and had nothing to do with power cuts

Maybe if the AP did a little investigation before rushing to publish the story, there wouldn't be the need to retract it. But then again, the eagerness to implicate Israel trumps professionalism.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a 5-month-old baby who was said to have died Friday after the generator powering his respirator ran out of fuel, the first known death linked to the territory's energy crisis. The timing and reason for the death were confirmed to the AP by a man identified as the baby's father and a Gaza health official, but the report has been called into question after it was learned that a local newspaper carried news of the baby's death on March 4.

A substitute story will be filed shortly reflecting the new information.