Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin, and Jonathan Lemire twisted a July 14 tweet from President Donald Trump to appear racist and xenophobic. They also conflated the specific group Trump tweeted about to include others Trump had not mentioned.
AP’s “BC-US--Trump-Race-Reactions, 4th Ld-Writethru” of 7:54 p.m., July 14, said: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should “go back” where they came from, Erika Almiron was reminded of the first time she heard the same comments. She was a new fourth-grader at a predominantly white Italian-Catholic school. ...
That is not what the original July 14th tweets said:
@RealDonaldTrump: So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly...... ....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how.... ....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
It is obviously not racist to suggest critics 1) Go show their plan works and, 2) Come back to teach us how.
We emailed AP to challenge their misrepresentation of the original tweet. They ripped the quote out of context — as many in the mainstream media who create #FakeNews do.
We asked that they rewrite the piece for the next day. We promised, if AP failed to provide an accurate reporting, to tell our readers how AP substituted its misleading opinion for news.