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Just over a week ago, the Associated Press ran an exclusive story headlined “BREAKING: A senior U.S. intelligence official says Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people.” The story was about a missile that exploded in rural Poland, killing two people. That story was posted in Russian Cruise Missile Explodes and Kills Two in Poland; Polish Government Calls Crisis Meeting.
The missile turned out to be Russian in that it was a Russian S-300 Surface-to-Air missile. It was fired from a Ukrainian-operated launcher during a massive missile bombardment of cities across Ukraine.
Jim LaPorta, Associated Press reporter on the byline was fired Monday after the story was retracted. LaPorta, a former Marine, joined the AP in 2020. He covers national security and military subjects. This was AP’s statement:
“The rigorous editorial standards and practices of the Associated Press are critical to AP’s mission as independent news organization. We adhere to and enforce these standards in order to ensure that our reporting is fair, accurate, and fact-based. This includes the use of anonymous sources. If our standards are not being followed, we must correct the situation.