‘Fix this article and apologize’: AP is lambasted for how they reported on swine flu death of 26-yr-old Conservative journo


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Friends of the late Bre Payton aren’t sure what’s worse — the young conservative commentator’s unexpected death Friday from swine flu and possibly meningitis, or the media’s glaringly biased and “disgusting” portrayal of her otherwise prolific life’s work.

Known for her insightful columns at The Federalist and intelligent commentary on Fox News, Payton passed unexpectedly Friday at the age of 26 after a friend found her unconscious a day earlier.

“Around 8:30, on December 27th, Bre’s friend went into her room and found her unresponsive and barely breathing,” a profile of Peyton maintained at the website for the CaringBridge non-profit reads.

“She immediately called 911 and Bre was taken to the hospital where she was admitted to the ICU, sedated & intubated, and doctors began working up a diagnosis. After a CT scan and hours of testing, they have determined she has the H1N1 flu and meningitis.”

Sadly, the efforts failed to revive her.

“She fought her illness with strength but, passed on December 28th, 2018. She will be survived by her four siblings and parents. She fought strong and lived a life worth noting in the books. We are so incredibly honored to have known this wonderful human being,” her profile reads.

Fast forward to Friday afternoon, when the media began running reports about her death in which they classified her as just another “right-wing” writer. To many, it felt as if the media were purposefully focusing on Payton’s political views to slight her.

What the Associated Press reported about the late commentator also exacerbated this frustration.

“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,” the left-wing outlet reported, choosing to boil her life down to two quotes.

The reaction to this simplistic portrayal was scathing:

Following former President George H.W. Bush’s death in late November, the AP ran a lede on social media that appeared to diminish the former president’s legacy.

In the case of Payton, at least the media made an attempt — however minute — to try and hide their bias. No such attempt was made by everyday Democrats, some of whom celebrated her passing.


This attitude reflects a growing hatred among the left for anyone who refuses to toe the Democrat Party line. Ginned up by the demonstrably far-left media, this animosity has led to a rise in vandalism, discrimination and sometimes even assault against conservatives.

And apparently, this hatred runs so deep that it inspired some Democrats to celebrate her death and the media to seemingly smear her with what appears to be biased portrayals of her life.


No matter, because though the media remain unwilling to pay proper tribute to Payton (or any conservative), there are plenty of other Americans, including Meghan McCain, who are:




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