The AP's action fits the media's ongoing and widely documented efforts to shield President Obama from charges of malfeasance over his mishandling of the Middle East.
In the story today linked by Drudge, [emphasis in the original headlines]
CALIF. FILMMAKER RELEASED, AVOIDS BESIEGED HOMEthe AP levels the following charge:
Federal authorities have identified Nakoula, a self-described Coptic Christian, as the key figure behind "Innocence of Muslims," a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Middle East. [emphasis added]
Please notice that they did not stick to their press book rules and use the phrase "...that allegedly ignited mob violence..."
This is a follow up to my post of yesterday The Inconsistency of Radical Leftist Media is Palpable Now.