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The Kennedy Beacon: Since When Does the AP Produce Hit Pieces?

Hit pieceThe Kennedy Beacon has published a three part series Since When Does the Associated Press (AP) Produce Hit Pieces? We'll excerpt the first piece and link to the other two below. Imagine what Age of Autism C0-founder and Publisher Emeritus Dan Olmsted would think of what has happened to AP, the once straight forward newswire organization that competed with Dan's own UPI? We run the series not as an endorsement of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s Presidential campaign, but as a reminder of what pharma can and HAS done throughout the years to protect itself.  And how it has co-opted the media, Universities, Medical Systems and the US Government. You can read The Kennedy Beacon FOR FREE daily.

Part 1: Since When Does the Associated Press (AP) Produce Hit Pieces? (Part of 1 of 3)

Part 2: Is Big Pharma Anesthetizing the Associated Press? (Part 2 of 3)

Part 3: Who’s behind the Associated Press? (Part 3 of 3)

Since When Does the Associated Press (AP) Produce Hit Pieces? (Part of 1 of 3)

By Nikos Biggs-Chiropolos, The Kennedy Beacon

Note: This is the first in a series of articles The Kennedy Beacon is publishing on three consecutive days. Together, they examine how, nine days after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced his intention to run for president as an independent, the once-reputable Associated Press (AP) constructed a hit piece against the candidate that has all the hallmarks of Big Pharma dictating the method and line of attack. Our first article, below, examines the claims of the hit piece; the second investigates Big Pharma’s fingerprints on the original story; and the third reveals the financial/political conflicts of the authors, the AP’s leadership, and the organization as a whole.

As a presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the subject of all kinds of coverage – some positive, and much negative. One of the latest articles about him, from the Associated Press, reads like an opinion piece while being presented and distributed as if it were a news story. What can only be described as surprisingly sloppy, biased journalism reveals much about the media strategies that are being employed and coordinated to discredit Kennedy’s candidacy. 

The article, titled “RFK Jr. spent years stoking fear and mistrust of vaccines. These people were hurt by his work,” makes an incoherent and speculative argument that Kennedy’s work addressing vaccine safety has directly harmed people. Examples range from the use of pictures in a book for which Kennedy wrote the foreword, to a measles outbreak in Samoa that occurred months after he had visited the Polynesian island country. The latter accusation will be most closely examined in this article.

According to the AP’s allegations, these anecdotes prove that Kennedy somehow profits from spreading “misinformation” and harming people in the process, yet the article never establishes physical harm or causation. Notably, the article does not mention the numerous correct claims that Kennedy has made questioning medical paradigms, especially regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response, from which the pharmaceutical industry has made record profits. The article also ignores the great personal cost Kennedy has paid for challenging the safety record of vaccine manufacturers.

The article was released on October 18, soon after Kennedy received buzz in the mainstream media for becoming an independent presidential candidate. Analyzing the piece leads us to conclude that its goal was to smear his candidacy. It does not present the type of unbiased, investigative reporting that the AP is generally known for conducting. It also ignores the financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies to smear Kennedy’s claims about them, and Big Pharma’s potential reach in controlling what the media says about him.

The Article’s Impact

The AP piece was re-published by numerous small newspapers around the country, as well as by major news outlets, including ABC News and The Independent, on the same day that it was published on the AP’s website. Such re-publication is quite common for AP content, since it is one of the biggest and most well-funded news agencies in the world and therefore can send reporters to places that smaller outlets cannot; in turn, subscribing outlets share AP stories to increase their reach.

While the AP sharing its on-the-ground reporting of breaking news with smaller outlets is standard journalistic practice, its commissioning of biased takedown pieces like this one, to be republished in places ranging from ABC News to Idaho’s Magic Valley Times-News, is not. The AP article’s distribution was likely much wider than that of other recent hit pieces on Kennedy, in publications such as The New York Times and Vanity Fair, since their content is not distributed. The article was shared in countless other publications as if it were a news story, though clearly it is not.

What Is the AP and Why this Article?

The AP was established in 1846 when New York newspapers joined forces to cover the Mexican-American War. Today, it produces news reports for news agencies around the world, being republished by more than 1,300 newspapers and broadcasters and having offices in 99 countries. The AP has produced an influential style guide and runs polls for sports and elections. It has received over 50 Pulitzer Prizes for reporting. Broadcasters pay a fee for access to AP content. Thus, while no news can be completely unbiased, the AP’s model has been to stick to facts, and usually it does not publish editorial narratives. So why does this piece on Kennedy take such a blatant stand against him?

In “Mass Media: A History,” James Corbett points out that historically, because news wire services could transmit information around the world almost instantly, the owners of these services had enormous influence on what information was available for the world to consume. Today, as one of the oldest and most established media outlets in the world, the AP controls many wire services and thus, as noted by Agility PR, has one of the most influential positions for spreading news around the country and the world.

Part 1: Since When Does the Associated Press (AP) Produce Hit Pieces? (Part of 1 of 3)

Part 2: Is Big Pharma Anesthetizing the Associated Press? (Part 2 of 3)

Part 3: Who’s behind the Associated Press? (Part 3 of 3)


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By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Whenever I read, listen to, or debate Bobby, I learn something new and change my mind on at least one or two issues, while vehemently disagreeing with many others. Both the agreements and disagreements stimulate my thinking and emotions, even when they make me angry or concerned. Read him and make up your own minds." —Alan Dershowitz

“The Wuhan Cover-Up will blow out of the water the international disinformation campaign by US and Chinese government officials and their bribed scientists that COVID-19 somehow magically jumped out of the Wuhan wet market. Kennedy’s book will provide the ammunition needed for us lawyers to hold them all legally accountable for this Nuremberg Crime against Humanity.” —Professor Francis A. Boyle, author of the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989



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"Staying abreast of new scientific innovation has allowed the CDC HCLs to play a vital role in investigating and responding to newly discovered infectious diseases. Recognizing the importance of keeping these facilities modern so that CDC can continue its highly specialized work and world-class leadership in laboratory science, Congress approved funding in 2018 to build a new state-of-the-art HCL as current systems begin to age. The new facility is scheduled to be operational in 2025.

With each new HCL facility, CDC has expanded the agency’s research capabilities, resulting in better understanding of mysterious pathogens, as well as the development of new tests to detect deadly diseases and improved treatments to help people survive. While CDC reflects on the successes of the past 50 years in the HCLs, we also look toward the future. In an increasingly mobile and connected world, the next outbreak is just a plane ride away. Thanks to cutting-edge research facilities like the HCLs—and the dedicated laboratory scientists who work in them—CDC remains vigilant, ready to respond."

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