AP Warns Reporters After Harassment From Bernie Sanders Supporters

associated pressThe Associated Press issued a warning to its reporters after receiving angry phone calls and harassment from supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

After AP called the race for Hillary Clinton the night before the crucial California primary, Sanders supporters accused the wire service of throwing the race for Clinton. That led the AP to issue a snarky reply Tuesday in which they stood by their calculations (“We counted,” deadpanned executive editor Kathleen Carroll).

But some Sanders supporters were evidently not persuaded. “Some AP staff have received angry communications in the form of emails, social media messages and phone calls,” AP said in a staff email. “We have not received any specific security threats. If you need to respond to complaints, feel free to point the public to the statements on our blog as appropriate.”

Despite the lack of any specific threats, the email told staff to stay on their toes: “It is always good to practice situational awareness around AP bureaus and offices… We have posted some additional tips and descriptions of best practices for personal safety on the AP Global Security page on InsideAP, including security awareness tips for journalists working in protests and large crowds.”

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