Bloomberg Law Fixes Story That Forced Trump Appointee to Resign

  • 2019-09-05
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Bloomberg Law Fixes Story That Forced Trump Appointee to Resign
 
Bloomberg Law has corrected a fake news piece that characterized a Trump appointee's former tweets and anti-Semitic. This was obviously false, but the backlash causes the appointee to resign.

According to The Hill:

Bloomberg Law has revised a story that prompted a Labor Department official to temporarily resign after the outlet characterized Facebook posts as “anti-Semitic” that the official has said were written sarcastically.

The original article, posted under the headline "Trump Labor Aide Quits After Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts Surface," drew pushback from figures on the left and right who said the remarks highlighted were clearly sarcastic.

“In light of the subsequent events, we removed 'Anti-Semitic' from the headline and clarified Olson’s reference to those tropes,” reads an addendum to the story about Labor Department official Leif Olson.

Olson, a political appointee who began serving as a senior policy adviser for the department’s Wage and Hour Division last month, had resigned Friday after the publication surfaced 2016 Facebook posts in which he and a friend joked about then-House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (Wis.) resounding primary victory over GOP challenger Paul Nehlen, an open anti-Semite.

  The Labor Department has announced Olson's reinstatement.

Pundits from both sides of the aisle argued that the tweets were clearly sarcasm and not anti-Semitic.

 Source: TTN

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