(RepublicanInformer.com)-By now you’ve presumably heard the story about Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under investigation over charges of allegedly crossing state lines with a 17-year-old girl for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, and who claims to have been blackmailed by former government officials who said they have the power to make the charges “go away.”
Well, according to a new report from The National Pulse, a Buzzfeed reporter publishing articles on this story and others relating to Gaetz has repeatedly doctored quotes from Rep. Gaetz’s public relations team and changed both the tone and the context for her reporting.
A serious accusation and one that could drastically change general public opinion on Gaetz and his work as a congressman.
On May 12, Buzzfeed reporter Ellie Hall reached out to a public relations team representing Gaetz, the Logan Circle Group, and asked for a comment about a pro-Trump bus parked near a rally that was hosted by the Florida representatives. Hall claimed that the bus was important because it featured an image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England. Buzzfeed claimed that a spokesman from Buckingham Palace had requested the photo be removed.
“We’re sure Her Majesty has greater concerns than motor vehicle traffic in The Villages – Florida, and we were thrilled to see her government introducing voter ID laws as announced in the recent Queen’s speech,” Rep Gaetz’s team said in response.
At this point, Hall cut the quote in half, completely change the context and meaning of the quote. The entire section about voter ID laws and the Queen’s speech, in which she laid out the British government’s plans to introduce new measures to tighten security in voting, and left only the section that reads, “We’re sure Her Majesty has greater concerns than motor vehicle traffic in The Villages – Florida.”
Given the ongoing scandal with Meghan Markle, the American actress who abandoned her duties as a member of the Royal Family with her husband, Prince Harry, the edited quote could have implied that Gaetz thinks the Queen is wrapped up in enough controversy right now.
When Buzzfeed was asked about the edited quote, Matt Mittenhall, the Vice President for Communication, said “Ellie’s piece quotes the spokesperson’s exact words, and there is nothing doctored.”
A claim which was completely untrue.
When presented with evidence that the quote was indeed edited, the outlet said, “We stand by Ellie’s excellent reporting and have no further comment.”
The left-wing media can edit quotes and seemingly just…get away with it.