The Associated Press is taking massive criticism for politicizing the death of a young conservative writer who lost her life suddenly due to complications from the H1N1 virus.
On Friday, 26-year-old Bre Payton, a conservative commentator who wrote for The Federalist and often appeared on TV as a commentator, died suddenly after being found unresponsive in her apartment in Washington D.C. But, while reporting the news, the AP felt it necessary to note that Payton recently criticized the news media.
Yes, for some reason, the AP felt it had to include a partisan attack in her death notice.
“In recent appearances on Fox News, Payton had condemned what she called ‘fake news’ media coverage of President Donald Trump,” the AP wrote.
As The Blaze noted, a long list of conservatives slammed the AP for politicizing her death.
Many took screen shots of the snide remark:
“Why is this necessary @AP?” asked columnist Kassy Dillon. “Bre Payton died suddenly at a very young age and you’re politicizing it?”
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) December 29, 2018
“They knew exactly what they were doing when they reduced her body of work to that particular comment,” responded Daily Caller editor Amber Athey. “One might even call it a dog-whistle. I feel sorry for them.”
They knew exactly what they were doing when they reduced her body of work to that particular comment. One might even call it a dog-whistle. I feel sorry for them.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) December 29, 2018
Fox News anchor Brett Baer reported on the loss:
Naturally, the AP amended the story.
It now reads: “In recent appearances on Fox News, Payton had condemned what she called “fake news” media coverage of President Donald Trump and “sexist and bigoted” coverage of first lady Melania Trump.”
And, just as naturally, the AP did not bother to add an addendum noting the change or apologizing.
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