The 50 Most Controversial Tweets of Summer 2012

11. Politico Reporter Defends Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comments

Date: August 19
Tweeter: @davecatanese
Tweet: "So looks like he meant to say -- 'If a woman was REALLY raped, it's statistically less likely for her to get pregnant.' What's the science?"

Rep. Todd Akin made headlines earlier this month when he made highly controversial comments regarding a woman's right to have an abortion if conception occurs during rape, saying "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Shortly after, David Catanese, a reporter from Politico logged onto Twitter and attempted to start a conversation about Akin's comment. In doing so, he appeared to defend Akin's comments. The reaction wasn't positive. In fact, the backlash was so great, Politico removed Catanese from further Akin coverage.

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