Furious Mike Pence uses Trump tactics to get back at AP when it refuses to retract private info on his wife

The media recognizes no right to privacy when it comes to anyone in the Trump administration — or even their wives.

The Associated Press apparently found nothing wrong with publishing the private email address of Vice President Mike Pence‘s wife, Karen, but he’s demanding an apology.

The Indianapolis Star reported earlier this week that Pence’s personal email account was hacked after he’d used to conduct official business while he was the governor of Indiana.

The AP disclosed Karen Pence’s email address Friday. The vice president blasted the news organization the following day.

Pence, through his lawyers, demanded that The AP retract the story and remove his wife’s email address.

“I am writing to express grave concerns about the Associated Press recklessly and irresponsibly publishing the private e-mail address of Mrs. Karen Pence in an article dated March 3, 2017,” the letter, from Pence’s chief counsel Mark Paoletta said.

“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 security concerns. There was absolutely no reason to publish this private email address, and you should be ashamed of your reprehensible conduct,” the letter continued.

“I am unaware of the press publishing the private e-mail account of any previous second lady, who is not, as you are well aware, an elected official.”

But the media’s rules for the Trump administration are apparently different.

“Your organization was unwilling to retract the story, issue a correction, or even redact the e-mail from the story,” the lawyer’s letter to the wire service added.

“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 in covering the Vice President, Mrs. Pency and their family in the future” the letter concluded.

But the giant news agency refused — so Pence published a copy of his lawyer’s letter to The AP on Twitter and again demanded that it apologize to his wife.

Lauren Easton, the AP’s director of media relations, indicated to the Star that Karen Pence’s email address was removed from follow-up stories once they learned that she was still using that account, but would not offer a retraction.

“The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues,” Easton said.

No mention was made on deleting her address in the AP’s online publication of its original story.

Unsurprisingly, Pence received little sympathy from the left, which even brought up President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Each point was met by a counter-point dripping in brutal logic.

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One even claimed that the news agency owed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an apology.


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