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04.13.11 Bucky Turco

Earlier today, pranky activist group the Yes Men, posing as General Electric, issued a press release announcing that the company would be “gifting its entire 2010 tax refund, worth $3.2 Billion, to the US Treasury on April 18, Tax Day.” Amazingly, the Associated Press ran with the bogus story. And the timing could have been […]

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08.31.10 Marina Galperina

In a fit of overzealous pandering, the Associated Press mistook a Tea Bagger for American hero Neil Armstrong the other day. Oopsies: A captioning error. The AP issued a correction, but the media continued to misreport the caption. That’s not him in the photo, but did the moon walker actually attend Glenn Beck’s white power […]

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10.21.09 Will Sherman

Admitting to covering up the source of his presidential HOPE portrait, Shepard Fairey said his lying and evidence destruction was merely an attempt to conceal his “mistake” of actually believing he had used a different image. The Associated Press has fired back, calling the graphic design-stealing artist’s story completely implausible and saying his alleged mistake […]

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10.17.09 Bucky Turco

In a searing blow to counter culture and the integrity of his career, graphic design stealing artist Shepard Fairey admitted he lied about the source of his presidential HOPE portrait in his ongoing legal dispute with the Associated Press. In a statement released Friday on his website, he discussed the blatant thievery and apologized, kinda: […]

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08.05.09 Will Sherman

The Associated Press issued a statement denying claims they were planning to charge bloggers $2.50 a word to quote their content in a response to recent criticisms of their automated licensing forms, part of plans to stop the “misappropriation of news on the internet.” Spokesperson Paul Colford explained that the iCopyright form drawing so much […]

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07.15.09 Will Sherman

Just as his Boston vandalism charges are wrapped up with a guilty plea, Shepard Fairey’s other legal problems are getting more complex. Mannie Garcia, the freelance photographer who shot the Barack Obama photo on which Fairey based his iconic “Hope” portrait, is jumping in the fray between the appropriating artist and the Associated Press. Garcia […]

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05.20.09 Will Sherman

In one corner: Shepard Fairey, an artist who has built his empire on appropriated art but files cease and desist letters to artists who co-opt his work even for parody purposes. In the other corner: The Associated Press, the world’s biggest news service sometimes less accurate than MTV that claims “fair use” only applies to […]

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05.19.09 Bucky Turco

This past Sunday, the Associated Press reported that illegal gun purchasing rapper T.I. would only have to serve 2 months in prison instead of the 1 year and 1 day he was sentenced to, claiming that 305 days of house arrest would go towards his term, but they got the story wrong. And shockingly, it […]

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