NY Times's WH reporter to delete 'distraction' Twitter account

NY Times's WH reporter to delete 'distraction' Twitter account
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New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush announced his decision to delete his Twitter account, calling the social media mechanism "too much of a distraction."

"Hey folks -- I've decided to delete my Twitter account at midnight. Too much of a distraction. DM me for contact info. Thanks for reading!" Thrush wrote to his 350,000-plus followers.

 

Thrush has gained national exposure since President Trump was elected, which has included jumping from Politico to The New York Times in January and signing with MSNBC as a contributor.

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Thrush was at the center of controversy last October after a WikiLeaks email dump showed the then-senior Politico reporter allowing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery MORE's campaign chairman to check his work before publication.

“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” then-Politico senior White House reporter Thrush wrote to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Thrush also asked Podesta to keep the matter between them.“

“Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I f---ed up anything.”

Podesta responded that he saw “no problem here.”

It’s not uncommon in Washington for reporters to send materials to sources for fact-checking. But the language Thrush used was particularly embarrassing and led to a number of jabs at his expense on social media.