March 05, 2017
Vice President Pence on Saturday called on the Associated Press to apologize for publishing his wife’s private email address in a story earlier this week.
“When we requested they take it down, they refused. The @AP owes my wife an apology,” Pence tweeted, sharing a letter addressed to the AP.
In the letter, the vice president’s counsel Mark Paoletta wrote to express “grave concerns about the Associated Press recklessly and irresponsibly publishing the private e-mail address of Mrs. Karen Pence.”
Paoletta maintained that the AP should be “ashamed” for publishing Karen Pence’s email address.
“The publication of Mrs. Pence’s active private email address to millions of your readers has subjected her to vitriolic and malicious emails and raised serious security concerns. There was absolutely no reason to publish this private email address and you should be ashamed of your reprehensible contact,” he wrote in the letter.
The AP published Karen Pence’s email address on Friday in a story saying that her husband “repeatedly stonewalled media requests to view public records when he was Indiana’s governor, including emails about state business distributed from a private AOL account that was hacked last year.”
The article listed both Mike Pence and Karen Pence’s email addresses, saying they were used to conduct official business dating back to 2013.
According to Paoletta, the news wire refused to “retract the story, issue a correction, or even redact the email from the story” when contacted by a Pence spokesman.
“Your organization should apologize to Mrs. Pence for violating her privacy, and the Associated Press should observe the basic tenets of fairness, decency and journalistic integrity and covering the Vice President, Mrs. Pence and their family in the future,” he added.
AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton told The Hill that the “AP removed the email address from subsequent stories after learning Mrs. Pence still used the account.”
“The AP stands by its story, which addresses important transparency issues,” she added.