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See How Journalist Responds When BuzzFeed Editor Calls Him Out for Misleading Rubio Characterization


"I would point you to the dictionary for what the word means"

GREENVILLE, SC - MAY 09: Republican Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during the Freedom Summit on May 9, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Rubio joined eleven other potential candidates in addressing the event hosted by conservative group Citizens United. (Photo by Richard)

A journalist dug his heels in the sand Tuesday and adamantly defended a misleading characterization of Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) boat as a "luxury" vessel, despite an editor at a competing news organization providing evidence that suggested the Republican hopeful simply owns a standard fishing boat.

The debate was the result of a New York Times story that described Rubio's EdgeWater 245CC Deep-V Center Console as a "luxury speedboat." That characterization was challenged by the presidential contender's campaign which sent Politico's Dylan Byers a link to the website showing the exact make and model of the boat Rubio owns. The page failed to describe the boat in question as a "luxury" vessel.

But that wasn't enough, however, for Business Insider politics editor Hunter Walker who responded on Twitter to Byers and BuzzFeed deputy news director Jon Passantino, who had retweeted the story.

Here is the conversation that transpired:

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