CNN’s Peter Hamby Explains Why He Tweeted Link To Obama Campaign Donation Site

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By Alex Weprin Comment

There’s been some outrage on political blogs about the following tweet sent out by CNN political reporter Peter Hamby:

At issue: Hamby links to a donation page for President Obama’s reelection campaign, a page which also notes that the campaign is planning an event in Wisconsin. Some online pundits argued that this one tweet proved that Hamby (and the media as a whole) is in the tank for President Obama.

There is just one problem: Hamby was breaking news, namely that the Obama campaign decided that Wisconsin was now in play politically. The camaign made no announcement of its Wisconsin push, only releasing information on the donation page. The AP published a story at about the same time Hamby did, also based on the event on the campaign website.

CNN contributor Erick Erickson defended Hamby on his blog RedState, and on Twitter:

Hamby himself took to Twitter to explain:


 

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