AP’s Smear Campaign Against Bernie Moreno Falls Apart

The Associated Press (AP) recently admitted it lacked evidence to support its attack against GOP congressional candidate Bernie Moreno.

In its smear campaign against Moreno, the outlet reported in two separate instances that an email address belonging to the congressional candidate was used to create an account on Adult Friend Finder in 2008. Another AP article claimed that the outlet’s “geolocation data” detected the creation of Moreno’s account.

“Beyond the work email, the profile lists Moreno’s correct date of birth, while geolocation data indicates that the account was set up for use in a part of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where property records show Moreno’s parents owned a home at the time,” one of the article’s stated.

In a statement to Breitbart News, the AP admitted that it does not have “geolocation data” despite claiming it did in two articles.

“So when the Associated Press said it had ‘geolocation data’ associated with the account in question, that would clearly mean that it was saying it had information that the account was created with a specific IP, or internet protocol, address that can be tied to a specific location-something beyond just a zip code provide by whoever created the account,” Breitbart News said.

“But now it turns out that the AP’s spokeswoman, Easton, is admitting to Breitbart News that the AP did not have anything beyond just that-the supposed ‘geolocation data’ that the AP originally claimed it had was not in fact anything more than what Adult Friend Finder based on what zip code was entered by whoever created the account,” the conservative outlet continued.

As the AP’s hit piece against Moreno falls apart, Republicans are supporting the Ohio congressional candidate ahead of primaries on March 19, 2024. Moreno will face off against state Sen. Matt Dolan (R) and Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

Former President Donald Trump recently held a rally backing Moreno’s bid in Dayton, Ohio.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) were present at the event to campaign for Moreno. Sens. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have also backed Moreno.