Rep. King: 'There's Zero Credibility' at NYT and Bloomberg if They Won't Check Their Sources

By Craig Bannister | March 14, 2013 | 4:10pm EDT

"There's zero credibility" at Bloomberg News and The New York Times if they won't check their sources - which he's convinced they didn't - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says regarding a distortion of one of his comments by columnist Al Hunt.

In a recent New York Times column, Hunt accused Rep. King of "anti-immigrant rants" by alluding to comments King made about immigration last year.

Rep. King tells "The Right Views" he's convinced Hunt didn't even bother to watch the video or review the links the congressman sent to him in an e-mail asking Hunt for a correction:

"He could not have...I'll go on record: He did not review the original material before he wrote the article and he would not review the original material after I sent it to him - links and all, easier than I'd sent him the original material before."

King says the columnist's unprofessionalism also reflects poorly on Hunt's employers:

"If he postures himself as a professional and he has so violated the most basic professional standards, I think it casts a negative light on his employers, all of Bloomberg and the New York Times that are not reviewing their sources, either."

"There's zero credibility at an organization like Bloomberg News and the New York Times if their top editors refuse to review the original source so they come out with these snide responses like this and I think they need to be held accountable," Rep. King says.

Rep. King also says that his record is better than Hunt's - and that Hunt should be held accountable just as Hunt holds others accountable:

"They're criticizing public officials. If I had anything that was not factual, let alone a complete 180-degree distortion, a willful distortion, and if I conducted myself like that, they would be lit up day after day after day hounding me. And, yet, in more than ten years in the United States Congress, I've never had to retract a statement, make an apology, or adjust a fact.

"I think my record is far, far better than Al Hunt's and I think he needs to be held accountable in the same fashion that he would hold someone accountable if they were in the political arena. He'll try to do so, right or wrong. I just want to do it on the facts."

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