Vice President Pence went after the Associated Press after they published his wife’s email address on their website. The Vice President said in a public statement that it has caused a litany of vicious and malicious emails to be sent to his wife. Now the Associated Press has finally responded.
John Daniszewski is the Vice President and Editor-at-large for Standards at the Associated Press. He wrote the following statement in his blog on Monday in response to Pence saying,
“We regret if the publication of Mrs. Pence’s email address caused any problems.”
— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 4, 2017
When the original story was published the Vice President demanded the media outlet take down his wife’s email address but they refused. Thus, the Vice President took to social media to post the request he had sent them and to chastise them for their shoddy work.
The Associated Press has been notably silent for the past several days not responding to the Vice President’s request. Daniszewski blamed the mishap on an attempt at being transparent. Their full statement can be read here,
“On Friday, March 3, The Associated Press published a story titled “Pence fought against releasing records as Indiana governor.” We believe this was an important story in the public interest exploring government transparency and accountability.
The story made clear that Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, used their personal email addresses for official state business when Mr. Pence was the governor of Indiana. As a result, their personal email addresses became part of the public record. The State of Indiana was legally required to produce those addresses in response to any Freedom of Information Act request, and it did.
In an effort to be transparent, AP included the Pences’ email addresses in its Friday afternoon news story as proof of the facts in the story. Before publication, AP sought comment and input from the Office of the Vice President; however, Mr. Pence’s team chose not to answer questions and instead referred us to an earlier statement by Mr. Pence that did not address the AP’s questions. The vice president’s office contacted AP on Saturday to express concerns about the publication of Mrs. Pence’s email address and after hearing those concerns AP stopped including the email address in all subsequent stories.
Before the story was published we thought that Mrs. Pence’s email address was no longer active. We now recognize that including her email address in the story could result in unfortunate and unintended consequences for the Pences. We regret if the publication of Mrs. Pence’s email address caused any problems.”
The controversy was rooted in the scandal Vice President Pence has been dealing with over his use of a personal AOL account. Many have been drawing comparisons to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who got into hot water for using a private email account. But the Associated Press much like the rest of the mainstream liberal media have ignored the fact that Clinton used a personal server, in her own basement, where she communicated state secrets, and exchanged over 30,000 emails. All of which the Vice President did not do.
The Associated Press’s release of Karen Pence’s email is a clear case of revenge for the Vice President not responding to AP reporters the way they wanted him to.
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