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AP corrects: We got the wrong lawmaker

The Associated Press has apologized and issued a correction after misattributing a quote to Hawaii state Sen. Laura Thielen.

Thielen pointed out the error on her Facebook page Monday. She says she was quoted in a story by Associated Press reporter Audrey McAvoy but never gave an interview for the article.

When Thielen called to ask about the quote, the reporter told her she actually spoke to her mother, Hawaii Rep. Cynthia Thielen, according to her Facebook post. Thielen says her mother denies talking to the reporter for the story and says an Associated Press editor “got irritated with me for being upset” and hung up on her in mid-sentence.

A call to Laura Thielen’s office was not returned Wednesday.

The error was the result of miscommunication between reporters, said Paul Colford, director of media relations for The Associated Press. In calling in a quote, which actually came from Hawaii Rep. Read more

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