To the gentlemen and others of the Associated Press:

Explanation, please ...

I would like your explanation as to why the current article online is very different from its original, shown below. The current AP account (as I read it in the NY Times) of Alan Greenspan's meeting, in class, with Vice President Al Gore has not only deletions, but, now, additions. The current online account states that Gore was "defeated" by Bush in the last election.

We in the know know differently, don't we?

Some stretch of facts, that one is. Bush was appointed, or installed.

And your current account of this meeting has deleted a report of the moment of the non-verbal communication which happened between Greenspan and Gore -- which gives (or did give) readers the impression that the master of economic advice has a lot in common with Gore, including intuitively.

Why these changes?

You must be afraid of the bush administration. I am here to tell you that millions of us are not. And we don't take kindly to being lied to by the press. Or by anyone in the mass media.

It seems your intention is to re-write history. You have more in common with bush than you may wish to realize.

As the person says below ... The Bastards. That's you.

Dale Reynolds an American in London and nobody's fool

Scrubbed Greenspan Article- original text. Date: 03/22/2001

The Bastards

This is the text from the original article-

March 21, 2001

Greenspan Addresses Columbia Class


Filed at 6:30 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- A day after investors griped and moaned about a smaller-than-desired cut in interest rates, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan wasn't talking -- at least not about the economy.

In a guest lecture Wednesday to former Vice President Al Gore's journalism class at Columbia University, Greenspan stuck to his planned topic of ``the economy and the media.''

He advised them to remember integrity and caution in an era of around-the-clock reporting, noting that ``a journalist's market value is his or her reputation,'' students said afterward.

Reporters and tape recorders were barred from the classroom under university rules.

``It was an open-ended, light and informal atmosphere,'' said David Gruber, 28. ``But he did tiptoe around a lot of questions viewed as controversial.''

Among them: the Fed's interest rate cut and President Bush's proposed tax cut. Members of the Fed's chief policy-making group follow a practice of not speaking about monetary policy the week before or of a Fed meeting.

The Dow Jones industrial average has fallen more than 470 points over the past two days since the Fed cut interest rates by 0.50 percentage point. Many investors were hoping for a cut of at least 0.75 percentage point.

Gore was less restrained, however, students said.

At one point, as the class pondered whether economies typically come out of a recession rapidly or more slowly -- in what is seen as a ``V'' or an ``L'' on a graph -- Gore suggested that ``it comes out as a 'W' if it's a really bad government policy.''

It was an obvious jab at President Bush's proposed tax cut, said Sharon Otterman, 28.

Greenspan made no comment, but gave Gore a high-five. Greenspan has publicly expressed support for a limited tax-relief plan.

Copyright 2001 The Associated Press

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