AP: Fournier memo standard internal communications

Ron Fournier, the Associated Press’ Washington bureau chief, has taken some criticismfrom liberal bloggers for what they considered a too-cozy relationship with former White...

Ron Fournier, the Associated Press’ Washington bureau chief, has taken some criticismfrom liberal bloggers for what they considered a too-cozy relationship with former White House strategist Karl Rove. Some have also accused him of lenient coverage of the McCain campaign.

This summer, Ellen Hale of the AP’s corporate communications department wrote an internal memo to organization managers reminding them of Fournier’s qualifications and career highlights, including highly critical coverage of the response to Hurricane Katrina. The memo became public.

AP director of media relations Paul Colford told PRWeekthat the memo is authentic but declined to comment on blogosphere reaction.

“The readers of PRWeek in particular will surely recognize the wisdom of summarizing and addressing internally any abundance of outside chatter about a valued employee, in this case our Washington bureau chief Ron Fournier,” he said.

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