Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ripped into Bloomberg News for an “unethical” report on Thursday about the timing of his wife’s coronavirus diagnosis.
Bloomberg News claimed that Pompeo’s wife, Susan Pompeo, had attended a State Department party immediately before her positive coronavirus test. That claim was a lie, according to the Secretary of State.
Pompeo took to Twitter and said, “My wife and I did not attend any State Department nor White House holiday parties — your statement is patently FALSE. This isn’t journalism, and it’s worse than gossip — it’s unethical and potentially unlawful. Stay tuned.”
The claim by Bloomberg News was then quickly retracted, but the damage was likely already done. Mainstream media outlets have made a habit of making outrageous claims and then retracting them quietly.
Department of State Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale alluded that this false story came from a malicious leak. Hale said, “Unfortunately, over the last few years, I have seen a persistent culture of leaks arising from some of my colleagues, which I find unacceptable.”
Rumors and claims once put out on the internet do lasting damage and are impossible to take back. Bloomberg News needs to face more substantial consequences for their irresponsibility.
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