The Associated Press has apologized for a thoroughly disrespectful story it wrote about the life and passing of President George H.W. Bush after readers bombarded them with complaints.
The AP deleted its initial tweet selling the story and rewrote the story itself to be both more factual and more respectful.
The AP’s original tweet Friday seemed more like a broadside attack than a memorial to the ex-president. Not only that, but the original story didn’t even bother to mention that Bush was a WWII hero. In fact, it didn’t bother to mention his war service at all!
Indeed, the original tweet read like a snotty slam on the man nearly everyone called a kind-hearted fellow.
Get a load of this nasty bit of smack: “George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94,” it read.
By Sunday, the AP had deleted the tweet and apologized. saying, “We’ve deleted a tweet and revised a story on the death of President George H.W. Bush because the tweet and the opening of the story referenced his 1992 electoral defeat and omitted his WWII service.”
We’ve deleted a tweet and revised a story on the death of President George H.W. Bush because the tweet and the opening of the story referenced his 1992 electoral defeat and omitted his WWII service.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 2, 2018
Michelle Malkin had it exactly right, though, that the AP only acted because its partisan hate was exposed for all to see.
Oh, @ap — You deleted your unhinged tweet and "story" on President Bush's passing because it was impossible to tell the difference between your "news" coverage & bottom-of-the-barrel partisan sniping.#FIFY https://t.co/kUgx5aALID
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 2, 2018
But Malkin was far from the only person to get upset at the AP’s hateful tweet and story. Thousands of others took to Twitter to slam the AP, as well.
Correction: “We deleted a tweet because we intentionally tried to attack the legacy of a good man, the day that he died because we disagree with his politics.”
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) December 2, 2018
— Dax Trujillo (@DaxTrujillo) December 2, 2018
As if no one notices that you insert that defeat into your correction as well. Trying to correct jerky behavior isn't really effective when you continue being a jerk.
— Ginny Tourek (@ginnytourek) December 2, 2018
The only redeeming thing about your tasteless tweet was the outpouring of comments which reflected a community of decency that called you to task.
— Nick (@bullv_sbear) December 2, 2018
That is not the reason. You deleted it because you were continuing to get hammered in your mentions as the tweet was in extremely poor taste and showed your writer’s bias. And why did it take 1.5 days?
— Carolina Girl (@CarolinaGirl585) December 2, 2018
— Shifu (@SpiderTrades) December 2, 2018
This is the media, folks.
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