The Associated Press Deletes Tweet Criticizing George H.W. Bush After Facing Outrage Online

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The Associated Press landed in hot water after they tweeted a harsh criticism of former President George H.W. Bush in their announcement of his death. Now, they’re taking their criticisms back.

As IJR previously reported, the Associated Press picked the worst parts of the former president’s legacy to announce his death. The since-deleted tweet read:

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.

— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2018

In response to this tweet, the Associated Press was slammed by Twitter users who pointed out that President Bush did a lot more than just lose reelection. He was a war hero, director of the CIA, a philanthropist, and much more.

In fact, as Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv pointed out, the Associated Press was much more friendly to Fidel Castro than they were to President Bush.

After being pounded online for more than a day, the Associated Press finally took down the tweet and updated their coverage to properly reflect the legacy of the 41st president.

The response to the Associated Press’s deletion was mixed. Some appreciated the deletion while others felt it was much too late for it to matter.

While there were many who were outraged by the Associated Press’s tweet, some felt like they did not need to make the deletion because the tweet, albeit harsh, was factually accurate.

Even if it was just a stylistic decision, it still is hard to see what the point of the criticism was. Although it looks like the Associated Press tried to make the situation right by deleting the tweet and updating their coverage, it doesn’t look like they will come away with support on either side after this debacle.

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Allen Zabel

And you really thought, that the associated press, was a news media?
Just further proof, that commentary, is NOT news.
But over educated and brain dead liberals, still seem to think so.

Al Leggett

“F” the AP. Nothing but a bunch of low life prxcks.

Daniel Brock

wth is hagiography and who actually uses that in a conversation?


I feel like changing things because of peer pressure is childish. I’m glad they did it….but did they want to?


I would think an apology tweet would be warranted rather than just notification that a tweet was deleted.


Too late. Everyone saw what you did. The internet is forever and a deletion is not an apology.

Keep it classy AP. (boy, could I have some fun with those initials)





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