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The AP deletes insulting tweet about George H. W. Bush after major backlash

Former President George H. W. Bush, who passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, is pictured here in a wheelchair during an event in the East Room at the White House, July 15, 2013. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On Saturday, as the world found out about the passing of former President George H. W. Bush and news orgs were breaking the story and posting obituaries and summaries, the Associated Press generated a great deal of outrage over an insulting tweet. Today, the AP deleted that tweet and put up a note on Twitter.

The reason offered doesn't really capture what the uproar was about. Here is a screenshot of the offending tweet:

They refer to him as a "patrician New Englander" and casts the loss of reelection in as negative a light as possible. The tweet was seen as an obvious sneer at the recently deceased leader.

A couple of examples:

At Newsbusters, Curtis Houck laid the tweet out, as well as the underlying article, for being tasteless. The article, too, was changed by the AP after the fact.

As Judicial Watch's Dunleavy noted today, ratio-ing (the process whereby a tweet receives far more negative feedback in the replies than it receives retweets or likes) works.

One last thing…
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