Hillary Clinton’s campaign doesn’t like accurate reporting, especially when it’s critical of the former secretary of state.
Clinton’s campaign tried to get The Associated Press to delete — or at least modify — one of its tweets about the emerging “pay-to-play” scandal surrounding the Democratic presidential nominee.
To its credit, the news agency refused and is standing behind its report.
The AP tweeted Tuesday:
BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 23, 2016
Clinton’s campaign immediately bristled.
“We have formally requested that AP remove or amend this tweet. They apparently considered it, but officially decided to let it stand,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told The Washington Post.
“That seems pretty egregious to knowingly allow a falsehood to remain posted under AP’s banner.”
Joel Benenson, Clinton’s chief campaign strategist, also took issue with the AP report during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
“They’ve took a small sliver of her tenure as secretary of State, less than half the time, less than a fraction of the meetings she was in,” Benenson said, according to The Hill.
“This is a woman who met with over 1,700 world leaders, countless other government officials, public officials in the United States. And they’ve looked at 185 meetings and tried to draw a conclusion from that.”
Benenson’s complaint was that AP excluded meetings with government officials — including those with foreign governments.
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Social media, for the most part, supported the news agency.
@thehill You don’t correct what isn’t wrong.
— Revenant (@CelticPride93) August 25, 2016
@thehill whatever she says understand the truth is opposite
— Benjamin Perkins (@Blazing_Ben) August 25, 2016
— Denise O’Beirne (@OBeirnekids) August 25, 2016
@thehill what’s misleading? She sold access to the SD through the foundation. Period
— Sandie (@SandieBellz) August 25, 2016
@thehill Awww. So take your toys and go home crybaby….
— Will Morgan (@realkyndr) August 25, 2016
— Stavros (@ubipages) August 25, 2016
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