VP Pence calls on Associated Press to apologize

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Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his displeasure with the fact that an Associated Press story published his wife’s active, private email information in a story earlier this the week.

The vice president has demanded his wife receive an apology.

Mark Paoletta, the vice president’s counsel, wrote a letter to the AP to express “grave concerns about the Associated Press recklessly and irresponsibly publishing the private e-mail address of Mrs. Karen Pence,” and said that the AP should be ashamed for doing it.

The vice president tweeted:

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Paoletta wrote:

“The publication of Mrs. Pence’s active private email address to millions of your readers has subjected her to vitriolic and malicious emails and raised serious security concerns. There was absolutely no reason to publish this private email address and you should be ashamed of your reprehensible conduct.”

The original story by the AP was about then-Governor Pence using his personal email account to conduct official business. It reported that Pence “repeatedly stonewalled media requests to view public records when he was Indiana’s governor, including emails about state business distributed from a private AOL account that was hacked last year.”

The article then listed the vice president’s and Mrs. Pence’s email addresses, which were alleged to be used to conduct official business dating back to 2013.

Paoletta said that even after being contacted by Pence’s people, the AP refused to “retract the story, issue a correction, or even redact the email from the story.”

“Your organization should apologize to Mrs. Pence for violating her privacy, and the Associated Press should observe the basic tenets of fairness, decency and journalistic integrity and covering the Vice President, Mrs. Pence and their family in the future.”

Lauren Easton, an AP spokesperson, told The Hill that the “AP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account. The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues.”

H/T: The Hill

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