AP Refutes Criticism by Smithsonian on Article

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The Associated Press is standing by a recent story concerning a 2006 exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution on climate change which was allegedly softened under political pressure.

The May 21 article by Brett Zongker, which drew fire from the Institution, opened this way: "The Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration, says a former administrator at the museum.

"Among other things, the script, or official text, of last year's exhibit was rewritten to minimize and inject more uncertainty into the relationship between global warming and humans, said Robert Sullivan, who was associate director in charge of exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History."

On Tuesday, Paul Colford, recently appointed as head of media relations at the AP, sendtthe following rather self-explanatory letter to Cristian Samper, acting secretary of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. *

The Associated Press takes issue with your statement and press release concerning our story about the 2006 Smithsonian exhibit on climate change, "Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely. …