The A.P. news agency has been slammed for "covering for the FBI" after the publication deleted a tweet that said the "taker's demands weren't related to the Jewish community".
The Associated Press (A.P.) has been dragged for deleting a tweet that quoted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) saying that the Texas synagogue hostage taker's demands were on an issue "not specifically related to the Jewish community".
On Saturday night, the FBI Dallas branch released a statement calling the incident "a terrorism-related matter in which the Jewish community was not targeted," a statement that was published by the AP but has since changed, and a correction has been made.
The FBI were to later issue a statement on Sunday calling this weekend standoff at a Texas synagogue "a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted" and said the Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating.
As much as this looks like the media company could have made a mistake, people on social media took it as the company "lying and covering for the FBI".
The AP decided to tweet out a statement on their official accountapologising for the tweet they had sent out earlier, and because they also received a backlash on the initial post.
According to Shimon Prokupecz in a CNN interview, after four hostages were taken, the law enforcement officers navigated the situation more manageable.
Which then led to the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating the matter as well with the hopes of finding an amicable situation.
On Tuesday, the U.S. official and British news media reported that the alleged attacker was known to British intelligence services, but he has deemed no longer a risk.
The president of the Judicial Watch Thomas Fitton shared on his social media page that this Texas synagogue attack shows why synagogues should use armed security.