What does AP stand for, anyway?

Yes, AP is using its standing as the 800 pound gorilla and threatening litigation for anyone linking to their content.

So the AssPounders think that picking on bloggers – who might be giving their “content” a lot of hits (and therefore eyes on the ads) — are somehow infringing on their rights. My pockets are not as deep as theirs, so no more AssPounder stories and pictures for Mock, Paper, Scissors.

Please join me in a simple boycott of AP by clicking on the icon below and signing the petition:

(Many thanks to my blog father, Morse, and my friend Watertiger for the head’s up.)

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0 Responses to What does AP stand for, anyway?

  1. FranIam says:



  2. republicanSScareme says:

    AP might mean American Propaganda. Before the CIA came along, it was a respectable news gathering organization.


  3. libhomo says:

    I’ve been annoyed at how AP slants its news coverage rightward to appeal to its corporate customers. Now, I have a reason to boycott it entirely.

    Thanks for posting this.


  4. i agree with libhomo


  5. Did it. And it looks like I will be linking only to Reuters and AFP from now on. Smart move, AP. Hope you miss the clicks, assholes. And libhomo is dead on. Any “news” service that employs Nedra Pickler isn’t worth reading.


  6. raceynora says:

    Am I allowed to cut/paste from Daily Kos? If so:
    Last week, The A.P. took an unusually strict position against quotation of its work, sending a letter to the Drudge Retort asking it to remove seven items that contained quotations from A.P. articles ranging from 39 to 79 words.

    On Saturday, The A.P. retreated. Jim Kennedy, vice president and strategy director of The A.P., said in an interview that the news organization had decided that its letter to the Drudge Retort was “heavy-handed” and that The A.P. was going to rethink its policies toward bloggers.

    The quick about-face came, he said, because a number of well-known bloggers started criticizing its policy, claiming it would undercut the active discussion of the news that rages on sites, big and small, across the Internet […]

    All good? Maybe not.

    Still, Mr. Kennedy said that the organization has not withdrawn its request that Drudge Retort remove the seven items. And he said that he still believes that it is more appropriate for blogs to use short summaries of A.P. articles rather than direct quotations, even short ones.

    “Cutting and pasting a lot of content into a blog is not what we want to see,” he said. “It is more consistent with the spirit of the Internet to link to content so people can read the whole thing in context.”

    The AP is going to lecture bloggers about what the “spirit of the internet” is all about? Laughable. And the AP certainly doesn’t have free reign to rewrite copyright law on its own. Fair use provisions exist for a reason

    If they don’t back off this ridiculous notion, there will be litigation, and Daily Kos will be happy to be at the forefront of any such effort.

    Hopefully, sanity (and their legal team) will prevail at the AP before we have to go down that path.