The Associated Press has deleted a tweet after coming under fire from libs for — wait for it — live tweeting President Trump’s gaggle with reporters yesterday on the lawn of the White House. Apparently, “Trump says” isn’t journalism, or something:
Screenshot via NY Daily News Columnist Brandon Friedman.
Before the deletion, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) called the AP an “effective vessel for lies”:
While it is true that Trump said this, what he said is not true. As a result of this tweet, his untruth will be spread more rapidly across the country, which I don’t think is the goal here. This really allows an esteemed news organization to be an effective vessel for lies. https://t.co/j4J7CgxagM
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 15, 2018
Musician Mikel Jollett wanted the AP to say “it’s a lie” in its live-tweeting:
WHY DON’T YOU STATE IN THE HEADLINE THAT IT’S A LIE?
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 15, 2018
Pollster Matt McDermott agreed:
But that’s a lie. Stop regurgitating lies.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 15, 2018
Producer Kim Sherrell called the AP a “bot”:
Donald Trump’s fantasies are not facts. FIX YOUR BOT @AP it’s malfunctioning. ?
— @kim (@kim) June 15, 2018
It’s not a bot, of course. The account is managed by Eric Carvin who came under fire as well:
.@EricCarvin as you can see A LOT of ppl are upset w/ @AP tweets.
When Trump says something misleading or untrue, you need to include that in your tweet.
As Social Media Editor we hope that you can have a talk with your team. Our democracy depends on it. Warmly, Melissa
— Melissa ✍?+?= ??? (@MelissaLKnutson) June 15, 2018
Hi, Melissa. Yes, we're very aware of the reaction. And regardless of that, yes, conversations are taking place here. Thank you for your candid feedback.
— Eric Carvin (@EricCarvin) June 15, 2018
The AP eventually deleted the tweet after many hours saying it “did not meet AP standards”:
We’ve deleted a tweet from earlier today that did not meet AP standards. It imprecisely quoted President Donald Trump’s remarks on the Justice Department inspector general’s report, and failed to put those comments into clear context.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 15, 2018
But other of the AP’s “Trump says” tweet did stay up and libs were pissed at those, too. Here’s Hillary staffer Brian Fallon:
Live tweeting lies from the President is not journalism. https://t.co/NjLUCUO8fS
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) June 15, 2018
So now the AP can’t quote the president?
Try this: “BREAKING: Trump lying AGAIN.” #journalism
— Jeff (@reifman) June 15, 2018
"Trump says" is lazy, reprehensible "journalism". Do your jobs.
— Scott Wainner (@scottwww) June 15, 2018
— Ben Grimes ★ (@softreeds) June 15, 2018
Keep in mind, what the AP did was just a print version of what every cable news channel did. For example, here’s CNN:
"I think that the report yesterday … totally exonerates me. There was no collusion, there was no obstruction," President Trump says of the Justice Department IG report https://t.co/PwsMccqlXf
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 15, 2018
And people are pissy at CNN as well:
This is a lie. Big lie. https://t.co/Ox2ctdURcD
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 15, 2018
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) June 15, 2018