Here was the last time I mentioned that the AP can’t be bothered to read itself in order to get history straight. This time, reader/source Danny caught them at it again. Like last time, the “news” outfit issued a correction — or, at least, a “clarification” — when Danny made it unavoidable, by providing reference to their own reporting.

In a profile of departing NBC anchor Ann Curry, reporter Frazier Moore had the following sentence:

She also established herself as a globe-trotting correspondent, reporting from such hotspots as Sudan to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing, and to Albania and Macedonia, where she reported on the humanitarian refugee crisis caused by the genocide in Kosovo.

The sourcing Danny provided (see below) must have made his complaint unignorable, because a clarification was made despite the subtle, eloquent style of Danny’s email to Moore:

WHO TOLD YOU THERE WAS “GENOCIDE” IN KOSOVO, OR YOU LIKE TO MAKE UP STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE WAS NO “GENOCIDE” IN KOSOVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I DEMAND A CORRECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Milosevic Acts Not Genocide: Court
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) [Sept. 7, 2001] — Setting aside the conviction of a Serb, Kosovo’s U.N.-run Supreme Court said acts committed by Slobodan Milosevic’s forces in the province constituted war crimes or crimes against humanity — but not genocide.
The actions of Milosevic’s regime in 1999 “cannot be qualified as criminal acts of genocide, since the purpose was not the destruction of the Albanian ethnic group in whole or in part,” said the three-judge court’s ruling, obtained Friday by The Associated Press. […]


Clarification: TV-Ann Curry-NBC story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 14, The Associated Press reported that genocide was committed in Kosovo. While Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians insist that Serbia’s actions during the war in 1998-99 amounted to genocide against them, the claim has been rejected by Belgrade. A U.N.-run court has found that Serbia’s crackdown in Kosovo can’t be considered a genocide.

Naturally, the AP couldn’t break the media habit of framing the correction in terms of the ‘Albanian-perspective-versus-Belgrade’s-rejection-of-the-Albanian-perspective,’ rather than ever bothering to do an objective, or seek a conclusive, analysis of what really went down in Kosovo.

The irony is that, casualty and army scales aside (Yugoslavia’s vs. KLA’s), one side did have genocidal intent. The weaker one, which we made the winner. Because in this case Evil was the underdog, and we always root for the underdog.