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…the AP fixes it!

Bob Owens caught the AP doing a bit of creative editing. In their coverage of the Alabama hostage standoff, a detail about the whack job hostage taker made a wee little change…

Here’s the current Associated Press report:

Dykes was known in the neighborhood as a menacing figure who neighbors said once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and an assault rifle.

Here’s the earlier story:

Dykes was known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.

Yes, the Associated Press has been caught red-handed changing “shotgun” to “assault rifle” in their reporting.

I’m sure someone over at the AP is doing their best Hillary Clinton impression: “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!” Of course, since it’s meant to shape public opinion about firearms, it makes a big difference. The AP is trying to shape people’s heads so that they learn to accept more gun control. A shotgun isn’t nearly scary enough to do that.

H/T: Instapundit