- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Associated Press walked back a tweet on Tuesday and quietly edited text of an article after catching flack for appearing to criticize U.S. lawmakers for supporting Israel.

AP received a wave of backlash on Twitter after posting a link to a story about Congress‘ scramble to seal a $225 million boost to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

“As much of world watches Gaza war in horror, members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel,” the tweet read

“So now we truly know the @AP, which is supposed to be neutral, is on Hamas‘ side,” tweeted Breitbart News’ Mary Chastain.

“Is this anti-Israel propaganda part of the @AP’s official position? If not, they might want to say so quickly,” @AG_Conservative wrote.

The Associated Press walked back a tweet on Tuesday and quietly edited text of an article after catching flack for appearing to criticize U.S. lawmakers for supporting Israel. (Twitter)
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“This @AP tweet reads like the title of a Hamas press release,” @AviMayer tweeted.

The backlash prompted AP to send out a revised tweet: “Many U.S. lawmakers strongly back Israel in Gaza war (revises wording in this @AP tweet).”

AP has not deleted the original tweet.

Twitchy hamas-press-release-this-is-how-the-ap-does-objective-journalism/” target=”_blank”>reported that AP also edited the story’s original wording.

“Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel,” the original article reportedly said. “While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations.”

The online article was revised to read: “As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas.”