AP reporters have a tendency to hear things other mortals cannot.Do you hear what we hear? might well become the service’s motto.
One heard Palin supporters yell “kill him” when Obama’s name was mentioned.
Another heard Congressman Heath Schuler confirm he heard tea party racist remarks, which Schuler denied ever hearing.
Today, You too,Congress’ Jane Woodworth reports the AP says its reporter at a tea party gathering heard Governor Perry booed when he apparently wasn’t:
Speaking to hundreds of Granite State voters at a private reception, the Texas governor was asked whether he supported a fence along the Mexican border.
“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”
The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. And it exposed an ongoing rift with some conservative voters over Perry’s immigration record.
I attended that event, stood about 15 feet from where he delivered those remarks and never heard an “angry shout”. Either the AP is making it up or it wasn’t much of a shout. Perhaps they can supply the audio.