The AP Has A Ron Fournier Problem

The revelation that as an AP reporter Fournier privately urged Karl Rove to "keep up the fight," came as no surprise to anyone who has read his recent campaign work. Fournier has routinely been caustic and dismissive of Democratic contenders, while avoiding raising any doubts about Sen. John McCain. In fact, Fournier rushed to the Republican's aid in print during the senator's time of campaign need.

That ethos seems to have been adopted by the larger AP political team, which, honestly, writes as if it's completely in the tank for McCain. "Atrocious" is how Talking Points Memo blogger Josh Marshall has classified the wire service's campaign performance this year, as the AP again and again has turned a blind eye to the Republican candidate's obvious flip-flops.

Read the entire Media Matters column here.