RNC remains furious with Politico, accusing outlet of misleading pollsters story, ‘unprofessionalism’

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The Republican National Committee communications director said on Thursday that Politico recently “made a false story” on the RNC, claiming an editor there was “rude” and “dismissive” to a female staff member.

“Earlier this week @POLITICO ran a false story about the RNC,” wrote Danielle Alvarez on Twitter, about a piece about the RNC’s “election integrity” operations and its work with proponents of Donald Trump’s stolen 2020 election narrative. “When a female member of my team expressed our legitimate concerns to editor @PeterCanellos, he was rude, contemptuous and ended the conversation with ‘I never want to hear from you again’.”

Alvarez also said they have contacted Executive Editor at Politico Dafna Linzer but have not heard anything yet.

She added that “unprofessionalism has become a trend” at Politico and referred to another story from 2020 where Politico admittedly did not ask for comment.

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“Republicans are used to the receiving end of negative coverage from corporate media. What we don’t accept is disrespect and lack of basic journalistic standards,” she continued in the Twitter thread.

Politico’s story, headlined, “RNC Joins ‘Stop the Steal’ Attorneys to Train Polling Officers,” referred to recordings of “hosting summits held in Florida and Pennsylvania this spring” that sales channel.

Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel hands the gavel to minority group leader Kevin McCarthy of California before speaking at the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 in Charlotte, NC (TSWT Photo /Chris Carlson)
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“Publicly, the RNC has insisted that its goal is to ensure there are enough trained pollsters to protect the electoral process and ensure partisan equality in polling stations. However, the recordings indicated that the RNC relies heavily on people who false or unproven allegations of irregularities and conspiracies,” wrote Politico’s Heidi Przybyla.

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Politico also noted that the RNC disputes the idea that they “educate” pollsters.

The RNC said in its email response that the Democrats also have a major Election Day operation through their national party and noted that the Democratic National Committee website includes a webinar on how to become a pollster. The RNC also disputes that pollsters It calls up sessions in which statewide ‘election integrity’ directors recruit recruits on how voting and voting processes can challenge ‘workshops’, and all polling stations must undergo separate training by district officials,” wrote Przybyla.

RNC officials disputed TSWT News Digital that Przybyla asked questions about the “training” when seeking commentary for the story. In an email obtained by TSWT News Digital, Przybyla asked a spokesperson for comment on the story, but did not mention the training aspect. It is unclear whether other messages have been passed between the two parties.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel (center) at the end of the RNC's winter meeting, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 4, 2022.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel (center) at the end of the RNC’s winter meeting, in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 4, 2022.
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“We’re planning a story for Monday based on new tape recordings where Josh Findlay, RNC’s director of integrity, talks about how Cleta Mitchell is the real powerhouse behind the voice integrity efforts and that it’s the RNC’s job to ensure the “muscle” or personnel and organization He says this in a few different locations at CPI summits The chairman has been cautious about openly embracing former President Trump’s claims of a stolen election, but this indicates that the RNC is dependent some of the individuals key to promoting it claim it is building its voter integrity efforts. Please let me know if you’d like to respond and/or continue talking?” asked Przybyla.

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It is the latest chapter in a feud between the RNC and Politico. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel wrote in June that the RNC “doesn’t provide training for pollsters, we just facilitate,” while responding to a separate Politico piece from Przybyla at the time. The piece that the RNC is now disputing is a follow-up to that June article.

Video footage of Republican Party agents meeting with grassroots activists offers an inside look at a multi-pronged strategy for attacking and potentially overthrowing votes in Democratic districts: Install trained recruits as regular pollsters and bring them in directly. contact with party lawyers,” says Przybyla. reported on June 1.

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FILE: A voter arrives at a polling station to vote in the Michigan Primary Election on August 2, 2022 in Lansing, Michigan.

FILE: A voter arrives at a polling station to vote in the Michigan Primary Election on August 2, 2022 in Lansing, Michigan.
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Politico spokesman Brad Dayspring noted to TSWT News Digital that it had updated the story at the time to include the RNC’s dispute over the term “training.” He said in the original June story on the subject, it featured a slide from a presentation at an election inspector and Poll Challenger Workshop by Matthew Seifried, the RNC’s election integrity director for Michigan, who said, “Our mission is to recruit, train, and place Republican election inspectors at each targeted polling place and the absence counting office to make voting easy and HARD TO CLOTH.”

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“The RNC objected to POLITICO’s use of a term (training) it uses in its own material. Despite that contradiction, POLITICO has updated the story at the request of the RNC,” Dayspring told TSWT News Digital.

Politico added that Peter Canellos, the editor summoned by the RNC, “spent a great deal of time going over the RNC’s objections with the spokesman and that once those arguments were exhausted referred her back to the reporter and asked that she would call no more on this subject and instead work with the reporter.”

RNC senior adviser Richard Walters said: “We were hopeful that Politico’s new leadership would have created a level playing field for Republicans. It is clear that the lack of respect and basic journalistic standards of the previous leadership will remain the status quo.” .”

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel stands onstage as he addresses the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 24: Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel stands onstage as he addresses the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Politico also faced criticism from the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple in 2020 when writer Tim Alberta said he had not contacted McDaniel for comment on his piece “The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal.” Alberta said McDaniel and her RNC staff had “proved to be so dishonest and so untrustworthy that I am under no obligation to provide them with a platform to mislead the public.”

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The RNC raised $14.5 million in June, praising their 40 million voter contacts. Party officials said the GOP’s enthusiasm is “higher than ever”.

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