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Tom Tradup: AP Double Standard Exposed on Charlie Hebdo Images

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 03:59 PM

The Associated Press' decision not to distribute the Charlie Hebdo cartoons citing a policy against posting provocative religious photos turned out to have some holes in it and revealed the AP to be hypocritical, says Tom Tradup, who is a member of the AP Stylebook Review.

"It's very simple. They refused to distribute the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on the premise that they have a policy not to distribute images that could be intentionally provocative to people," Tradup, who is also vice president of news and programming for the Salem Radio Network, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

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"That sounded really great, I thought, what's not to like about that?" he said.

"Until it turned out that The Washington Examiner newspaper had done a little digging and they found that the AP was selling online images of Andres Serrano — that horrible artwork that he did called 'Piss Christ' where he had dumped a crucifix in a vial of his own urine," he explained.

"AP, while they're not wanting to offend anyone, is happy to sell photos like that, so as a member of their stylebook review committee, I got on the horn, and I wrote to the AP management and the members of the committee, and said, 'what am I missing here? If you don't want to offend people, why are you selling imagines of Piss Christ?' " he said.

"The response that we got was, 'well . . . there's 22 million images in the AP photo store, and when we found this out we remove them," Tradup said.

"They found them out after The Washington Examiner blew the whistle on them, and this is the pattern with AP," he added.

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The Associated Press' decision not to distribute the Charlie Hebdo cartoons citing a policy against posting provocative religious photos turned out to have some holes in it and revealed the AP to be hypocritical, says Tom Tradup, who is a member of the AP Stylebook Review.
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