This weekend, the Associated Press was mocked on social media after it claimed that 2020 Democrat White House hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke “spoke at length in his native Spanish.”
“O’Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers,” the AP said on Saturday.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 1, 2019
He's from Spain? Associated Press Says Beto Spoke in 'His Native Spanish' https://t.co/aUPSIPJTDL
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) April 1, 2019
On Monday, the AP issued a correction: “In a story March 31 about a Beto O’Rourke campaign rally, The Associated Press reported erroneously that O’Rourke spoke to a rally in his native Spanish. O’Rourke is not a native Spanish speaker.”
The corrected AP report now states:
The former congressman, who represented El Paso for three House terms until last year, began the day Saturday addressing 1,000-plus supporters in his hometown, across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He later spoke at historically black Texas Southern University in Houston, before finishing with a late-night Austin event, addressing a large crowd a stone’s throw from the pink-granite state Capitol.
Bounding onto a makeshift El Paso stage in a blue button-down shirt to The Clash’s “Clampdown,” O’Rourke declared: “We are safe, not despite the fact that we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers. We are safe because we are a city of immigrants and asylum seekers.”
“We have learned not to fear our differences, but to respect and embrace them,” he told a crowd that waved small American flags and black-and-white signs reading “Viva Beto” while often interrupting their candidate to chant his first name. O’Rourke also spoke at length in Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers.
Exit question: Given that conservatives and conservative sites are now being censored for posting joke memes, will the Silicon Valley Axis of Evil censor the Associated Press for its mistake?
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