A journalist apologized for sharing a quote from Fetterman that was heavily edited to make sense as opposed to actually quoting what the senator said.
The Washington Post’s White House reporter, Jeff Stein, issued a follow up tweet in apology.
“Yesterday I tweeted this quote, provided to me by the Senator’s office, without checking it against the video,” Stein said. “That was my fault. Though it captured his meaning, I deleted the tweet since some of the words in the quote were inaccurate.”
The quote Stein posted appears to be completely fabricated by Fetterman’s team in order to express what he meant to, but could not, articulate during a Senate Banking Committee hearing with a Silicon Valley Bank executive.
The new quote, which the senator’s office is apparently pushing journalists to publish, read: “Shouldn’t you have a working requirement after we bail out your bank? Republicans seem to be more preoccupied with SNAP requirements for hungry people than protecting taxpayers that have to bail out these banks.”
What Fetterman actually verbalized during the hearing was much different: “The Republicans want to give a work requirement for SNAP, for uh, uh, uh a hungry family has to have these, this kind of penalties, or these some kinds of wo- working requirements, shouldn’t you have a working requirement after we say ‘oh your bank, with billions of your bank?’ Because they seem to be more preoccupied when then SNAP and requirements for works, for hungry people but not about protecting the ta- the tax papers you know that will bail no matter whatever does about a bank to crash it.”
Fetterman continues to struggle with auditory issues following a mid-2022 stroke that temporarily took him off the campaign trail. His chief of staff suggested he returned to campaigning too soon which may have contributed to his likely-permanent brain damage.