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Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Rangel’

GE Illustrates How Not to Use Twitter

Last week, The New York Times published a story stating that General Electric paid no taxes, thanks, in part, to “fierce lobbying” that actually resulted in tax benefits. GE’s public affairs division thought it would be wise to try and refute this claim via Twitter. Bad move.

Business Insider received a tweet from GE yesterday asking them “to stop repeating the NYT’s ‘misleading attack’.” BI replied with some specific questions. The back and forth that ensued between BI and GE — questions, then silence from GE, then replies and more questions — ends with Henry Blodget writing that GE spokesperson Anne Eisele was working on an explanation in response to further evidence produced by the Times. We don’t see any updates after doing a quick scan of the site, so we’re thinking that Blodget is still waiting. *Update after the jump.

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Rep. Rangel Apologizes to Russert After Accusing Him of Asking ‘Dumb Question’

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Luke Russert of NBC News asked House Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) yesterday if he thinks he may lose his job after a House panel found that he violated ethics rules.

While Rangel may not have liked the question, it certainly seems to be a reasonable one, no? Here was Rangel’s response:

Well, you’re young, I guess you do need to make a name for yourself…Basically you know it’s a dumb question and I’m not going to respond to it … It doesn’t really sound like NBC — asking these dumb questions. It just shows what happened to a channel that did have some respect.

Oof. Note to Rangel: don’t mock one of the nation’s largest news organizations — it’s probably not in your best interest.

Rangel apologized today, saying, “I don’t know how to say no comment,” and “it’s a very difficult thing for me to turn away reporters who are doing their jobs…I had a very good conversation with Luke Russert, and apologized for the way I treated him.”

Apology video after the jump.

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