FAST FIVE: Fired AP Reporter Who 'Risked Triggering WWIII' Actually Did Nothing Wrong
Fired AP Reporter Who 'Risked Triggering WWIII' Actually Did Nothing Wrong On Tuesday we reported that the Associated Press had fired reporter James LaPorta, two days before his birthday, over an erroneous report which cited a 'senior US intelligence official,' who claimed that a Russian missile fired into Poland had killed two civilians.
Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.
Another AP reporter, Vanessa Gera, suggests moving forward with the report, writing, “I can't imagine a US intelligence official would be wrong on this.” Leff then asks PaPorta if he is “in position to work up an urgent” – to which he replies, “No, I'm actually at a doctor's appointment.
In short, LaPorta – a former USMC infantryman, was fired after forwarding a tip from a vetted source, and then demurring when asked if he thought they should run with it.
According to Bauder, Leicester was not involved with the anonymously sourced material being placed into the story.