The Associated Press edited the words of a Muslim man who allegedly killed three white people in downtown Fresno Tuesday afternoon and shouted “Allahu Akbar!”
The suspect, 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, holds fervent anti-Trump beliefs according to his social media profile, and he told police afterward that he hates white people. (RELATED: Muslim Shooter Kills Three Whites In Fresno)
Rather than reporting the gunman’s literal words, however, the AP reported the gunman as saying “God is great.”
On Twitter, the AP’s report gave no indication that the suspect’s words were said in Arabic.
The AP took flack on Twitter for the edits, which some said were meant to downplay the shooter’s ties to Islam.
Muhammed yelled "Allahu akbar" but the AP thought the ambiguity was better journalism pic.twitter.com/h8B8jZnzHx
— The Safest Space (@TheSafestSpace) April 18, 2017
Once again, @AP is lying. “Allahu Akbar” is what he actually shouted.
This was a lone wolf Muslim terror attack AP is trying to cover up. https://t.co/fphVDIR68V
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 18, 2017
— KeepFighting #MAGA (@americanbell38) April 18, 2017
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) April 18, 2017
The AP’s original story on the shooting noted that Muhammed said the words in Arabic, but still reported it as “God is great” instead of “Allahu Akbar.” A later edition finally noted that Muhammed said “Allahu Akbar.”
The AP announced late Wednesday morning that it was retracting the tweet.
“We deleted a tweet about a Fresno slaying suspect shouting ‘God is great.’ It failed to note he said it in Arabic. A new tweet is upcoming,” the AP said.
Twitter users took the opportunity to again voice their displeasure with the AP.
@AP When the media needs to be shamed into giving people facts they knew to be true all along.
AP is a PC joke.
— Rodger (with a D) (@Noz4news) April 19, 2017
— Keith Watson (@KeithyWatson) April 19, 2017
@AP Yes he yelled Allahu Akbar. It translates to that but has a different meaning when committing terrorism.
— ∞ (@DailyBrainGame) April 19, 2017
This story has been updated to include the AP’s retraction of its tweet.