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The Associated Press Criticized George H.W. Bush in Tweet Announcing His Death — People Are Not Happy

The Associated Press caught the ire of many on Twitter after the publication harshly criticized former President George H.W. Bush in a tweet announcing his death.

News broke of the former president’s death late Friday night. The 94-year-old passed away in his Houston home, prompting an outpouring of kind words for the 41st president.

While there were many kind messages written about President Bush, the Associated Press didn’t waste any time in attacking his legacy as president.
In the since-deleted tweet, the Associated Press slammed the former president, only pointing to some of the weakest points of his legacy:

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him o
ut of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2018

Many Twitter users found this to be an inappropriate move by the Associated Press. Several prominent commentators bashed the decision, calling it “classless”:

Some chose to set the record straight, instead pointing to the many successes of President Bush’s lifetime:

Others claimed tweets like this one are part of the reason there is a distrust toward the Associated Press and the media more broadly:

Although the Associated Press’ news team didn’t spare too many kind words for the former president, their other verticles had better memories to share.

The outlet’s coverage outside of its main news feed was much more complimentary of the former president, including features on his family, sports, and his general love for adventure:

Although the Associated Press clearly missed the mark in their coverage of the American hero’s passing, many others shared memories and honored the man himself, rather than focusing on his politics.

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