Steve Stockman demands Wolf Blitzer apologize

The House Republican falsely accused Blitzer of using the "killings to attack political opponents"

By Jillian Rayfield
April 16, 2013 8:38PM (UTC)
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Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas (Facebook/congressmanstockman)

Wolf Blitzer was swiftly attacked on Monday for suggesting that there could be a link between the attacks in Boston and Patriots' Day, which many on Twitter, Steve Stockman included, assumed meant that he was linking the attacks to Tea Party groups.

Blitzer did not, in fact, mention the Tea Party, but said: “One intriguing notion, one intriguing thought here, and I’m curious, Mike, and I’ll ask Matt to weigh in as well. It is a state holiday, in addition to the Boston Marathon. It is a state holiday in Massachusetts today called Patriots' Day, and who knows if that has anything at all to deal — to do with these, these twin explosions.”

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Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, demanded on Monday that Blitzer apologize, picking up on the false narrative that Blitzer's comments had politicized the attack:

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Blitzer responded on Tuesday:

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Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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