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CNN’s Jake Tapper criticized Slate for publishing a misleading story about Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, saying that her remarks at a Politico event had been taken out of context, according to his sources.

Slate published an article Wednesday with the headline, “Kellyanne Conway Suggests That Women With Kids Shouldn’t Take Jobs in the White House.”

But according to Tapper, his sources said that Slate twisted the truth.

The Politico story referred to a backstage conversation that Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett had with Conway at the “Women Rule” event:

“During her earlier conversation, Conway said she intends to remain connected to Trump once he takes office but implied that it would be nearly impossible for her to take on an official White House role and be a mother to her four children, all of which are younger than 12, at the same time.

‘I do politely mention to them the question isn’t would you take the job, the male sitting across from me who’s going to take a big job in the White House. The question is would you want your wife to,’ Conway said, describing conversations she’s had with male colleagues. ‘Would you want the mother of your children to? You really see their entire visage change. It’s like, oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job.’”

Conway wasn’t saying that women with children should never work in the White House, but that the men she spoke to said they wouldn’t want their wives to, and that it would be hard for her to do so given the ages of her children. That is completely different than what Slate’s headline implied. And she certainly isn’t against working mothers, having just run a grueling presidential campaign for three months.

For Slate it’s just another day in their truth-twisting world.

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