Politico reported that attorney Roy Cohn died from AIDS as a “result of the decadent homosexual lifestyle he denied to the end.”
Cohn, a one-time adviser to Donald Trump as a young man, and an adviserSenator Joseph McCarthy, died in 1986.
The line originally read: “…Cohn said in his autobiography, which came out in 1988, two years after he died from AIDS, the result of the decadent homosexual lifestyle he denied to the end, and a year after his….”
Politico has since changed it so it reads “…Cohn said in his autobiography, which came out in 1988, two years after he died from AIDS — and a year after his….”
Politico’s Aug. 19 article was headlined, “Trump’s Strange Tweet about Joseph McCarthy,” and written by Michael Kruse. McCarthy was a notoriously rabid anti-communist whose investigations of government agencies were referred to as “witch hunts,” a term now favored by Pres. Trump in characterizing the work of special
After publication, Politico deleted that and acknowledged it was “insensitive.” That line was the only thing edited out from the article, Politico spokesperson Brad Dayspring told iMediaEthics.
Politico posted the following editor’s note:
“Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story contained language about Roy Cohn that was deemed insensitive and has been removed.”\
According to The Wrap, the line was deleted after a few hours. Politico’s Dayspring confirmed it was only up for a short time.
Hat Tip: Nick Baumann