AP Takes Cheap Shot At U.S. Generosity

September 2nd, 2005 5:00 PM
The Associated Press posted an article by Barry Schweid detailing hurricane relief aid being sent by a number of other countries. In the process the writer just couldn't help taking a cheap shot at U.S. generosity, which has pumped billions of dollars in foreign aid to others in need. First there was this line which followed a paragraph about Japan's contributions to the disaster relief:
The United States historically has aided victims of disasters, but it is not universally recognized as providing the level of aid expected of a rich nation.
Then, a couple of paragraphs later we have another comment about American aid:

The United States, the world's largest economy, lags behind other rich nations in the percentage of its giving to nations in Africa, the world's poorest continent.

It almost appears to me that writer Barry Schweid was trying to come up with reasons why other countries should deny aid to the U.S.