In Nothing but the Truth, where were the places to which the news article went in the United States?

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In Nothing but the Truth, the news article about Philip Molloy's suspension is distributed by the American Affiliated Press Wire Service, which means that it is available to the entire country, if not the world.

The article about Philip, is originally written by Jennifer Stewart, Education Reporter for Manchester Record, the local newspaper of Harrison Township in New Hampshire. At that point, the only recipients of the article are individuals in the immediate community. Once the article is picked up ty the American Affiliated Press Wire Service, however, a fictional version of the Associated Press, the article is accessible nationally, and possibly even globally. In the book, the news about Philip is first shown to have been picked up by the Jake Barlow, a conservative radio talk show host. The fact of Philip's suspension is thus communicated to a much larger audience than just the local community through Jake Barlow.

The extent to which the article is further distributed is illustrated when Dr. Doane, the principal of Harrison High School, receives a call from Robert Duval, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a third of a continent away. Mr. Duval is following up on an American Associated Press release that indicates that a student at Harrison has been suspended for singing "The Star Spangled Banner." Mr. Duval's paper has run the article, and he is interested in getting further information about the situation. Undoubtedly, there are other papers around the nation which are doing the same thing, showing how quickly and easily news, whether slanted or not, can be distributed to places far and wide.

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