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Two weeks later, the AP has deleted its misleading tweet about the Clinton Foundation


After weeks of criticism, the Associated Press on Thursday deleted a tweet that falsely claimed that half of Hillary Clinton's meetings as secretary of state were with Clinton Foundation donors.

In a statement, the AP's Vice President for Standards John Daniszewski admitted the tweet "fell short of AP standards by omitting essential context."

You can read the full statement here.

Where it came from

The tweet stemmed from a story the AP published two weeks ago, which uncovered that more than half of Clinton's meetings with private interests  while she was secretary of state were with people who directly or indirectly donated to her charity, the Clinton Foundation.

That's different, however, than the entirety of Clinton's meetings as secretary of state. 

Only 5 percent of meetings were with donors

In fact, most of Clinton's meetings during that time were with foreign and domestic government officials. While Clinton attended more than 1700 meetings as secretary of state, the AP's analysis of meetings with private entities only included 154 meetings. 

As ThinkProgress pointed out, that means fewer than 5 percent of Clinton's meetings were with Clinton Foundation donors while she was secretary of state. 

The tweet in question

The now-deleted tweet read as follows: "BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation."

A few days after it was published, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll admitted that the tweet was "sloppy," but said it would not be removed from the site. 

Here's Carroll's interview with CNN's Brian Stelter from Aug. 28. 

AP now changing its editorial standards 

Now, the AP says it will be revising its editorial standards when it comes to Twitter. Tweets will now be subjected "to the same internal review and response process as other AP content."

"We have to be the AP, wherever our work is being distributed," Carroll said in the AP's statement. "Do we wish we had gotten to this conclusion earlier than we did? Absolutely."

Unpacking how we fell short of our own standards is a painful process, but a necessary one.
AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll

Here's the AP's tweet from Thursday announcing they'd be removing the initial tweet.

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