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wardd
04-24-2012, 12:06 PM
Facing strong criticism, Fox News host Steve Doocy on Tuesday morning corrected a quote by President Obama that he partially fabricated last week, conceding on air that he “did some paraphrasing.”
(http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/fox-news-steve-doocy-corrects-fabricated-obama-quote.php?ref=fpnewsfeed)

“Last week President Obama talked about not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. That was interpreted as a big dig at Mitt Romney,” Doocy said toward the end of Fox & Friends. “When I was interviewing Governor Romney on this show I asked him about it. However, I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president. So to be clear, the president’s exact quote was, ‘I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.’ And I hope that clears up any confusion.”


As TPM reported (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/fox-news-fabricate-obama-quote-silver-spoon.php) Sunday, Doocy added some words to an Obama quote when he last Thursday claimed he said, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.” What Obama actually said was, “Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”


Doocy’s rendition made it easier to portray the remark as a jab against Mitt Romney while interviewing him — Romney portrayed it as an attack on his father’s success. The misquote was then picked up by the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/mitt-romney-responds-to-obamas-silver-spoon-swipe/2012/04/19/gIQAGNrDTT_blog.html) and New York Post (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/romney_point_of_pride_VhpMQXcHHrXC6fkxKjJneP) — both of which later ran corrections — as well as conservative blogs.


The top-rated network came under fire Monday for the error, with a devastating critique byWashington Post media critic Erik Wemple (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/fox-news-steve-doocy-and-the-silver-spoon-smirk/2012/04/23/gIQAmNJRcT_blog.html) as well as coverage from the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/steve-doocy-fox-news-silver-spoon-obama_n_1446849.html),Politico (http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/04/doocy-to-clarify-silver-spoon-characterization-121371.html), Mediaite (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-dooce-is-loose-with-the-truth-steve-doocy-adds-unlike-some-people-to-obama-silver-spoon-quote/) and TVNewser (http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/steve-doocy-appears-to-misquote-president-obama-in-mitt-romney-interview_b124071). By late afternoon a Fox spokesperson told TVNewser (http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/steve-doocy-appears-to-misquote-president-obama-in-mitt-romney-interview_b124071) that Doocy would correct the mistake.


It isn’t the first time Doocy has put words in Obama’s mouth. Last October he (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/fox-news-steve-doocy-corrects-fabricated-obama-quote.php?ref=fpnewsfeed)falsely reported (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/fox_friends_we_should_have_clarified_that_our_repo .php)the president was planning on apologizing to Japan for U.S. actions during World War II, only to later concede that what he said was false.







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Ian McColgin
04-24-2012, 12:08 PM
Fox falsifies? Quel surprise.

bobbys
04-24-2012, 12:08 PM
Nice to see Warrd dispenses with commentary all together and just Copy and pastes..

Not even a one liner?

wardd
04-24-2012, 12:10 PM
Nice to see Warrd dispenses with commentary all together and just Copy and pastes..

Not even a one liner?

ok, ok

it's a lie

S.V. Airlie
04-24-2012, 12:12 PM
Wardd's version of lipsynch don't you know.Has no ability to sing on his own.:)

Paul Pless
04-24-2012, 12:13 PM
with a devastating critiqueplease excuse my sense of being underwhelmed. . .

wardd
04-24-2012, 12:14 PM
Wardd's version of lipsynch don't you know.Has no ability to sing on his own.:)

teach me to sing, jamie

wardd
04-24-2012, 12:15 PM
please excuse my sense of being underwhelmed. . .

yea, fox lying is rather mundane and routine

PhaseLockedLoop
04-24-2012, 12:17 PM
Much as I detest Fox, this doesn't seem to me to be earth-shaking. Fox does far creepier things every day, last I knew. A quote should be a quote, of course, and they should have added the "unlike some people" themselves. That's certainly implied in what Obama actually said. If nobody was born with a silver spoon there wouldn't be any point to bringing it up, would there? The fact that the Washington Post used Fox material without checking it says a lot about its reliability.

John Smith
04-24-2012, 12:21 PM
Much as I detest Fox, this doesn't seem to me to be earth-shaking. Fox does far creepier things every day, last I knew. A quote should be a quote, of course, and they should have added the "unlike some people" themselves. That's certainly implied in what Obama actually said. If nobody was born with a silver spoon there wouldn't be any point to bringing it up, would there? The fact that the Washington Post used Fox material without checking it says a lot about its reliability.


I disagree. If you are going to quote someone, then quote them accurately. Once you do that, you are free to interpret the meaning as you wish. To inject your meaning into the quote by misquoting, is just plain wrong.

Osborne Russell
04-24-2012, 12:36 PM
Fox lies and the little dweebles say oh so what Jethuth Chritht.

PhaseLockedLoop
04-24-2012, 01:13 PM
I disagree. If you are going to quote someone, then quote them accurately. Once you do that, you are free to interpret the meaning as you wish. To inject your meaning into the quote by misquoting, is just plain wrong.

I did say "a quote should be a quote," and as such, is a fact, which should be presented accordingly. I also cast a cynical eye on the Washington Post for referencing Fox's embellished quote without checking it, so I'm not indifferent to scummy journalism. I AGREE that Fox and WP have broken an important principle. It was stupid of them, since it's so easy to check, and it's impossible to quibble about it. This is not that common, and it's why everyone has jumped on it.

My point was that the falsified quote (though impermissible) did not much alter Obama's meaning, and to pretend that it did, as so many are doing, is petty. That journalists might get their facts wrong is not surprising, and when confronted, they should acknowledge it and correct them, and this is done routinely. We don't need the fumble to establish Fox's bad faith: it drips from them every day, in more clouded ways. The rest of the media is not much better. They make charges that are false but sufficiently fuzzy as to allow them to cast critics as quibblers, and competing data as sophistry. For example the charge that there are x-many communists in Congress, or that Obama is a socialist (if only he were, I'd cheer up). Or that the USA engages in military action only in pursuit of freedom, when as far as I know it never has, even in WWII, when it sat on its hands for years until resoundingly attacked. It certainly isn't doing so now. But can I "prove" it? Not to the satisfaction of boosters or jingos. It's worth trying to do it, though, and not get excited by meaningless incompetence or half-assed imprecision. Note: I said not get excited. I didn't suggest we ignore it.

Most political discourse nowadays stays away from isolated facts altogether.

David W Pratt
04-24-2012, 01:28 PM
What a doozy!

BA.Barcolounger
04-24-2012, 04:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqA8oxY6aao

Tom Montgomery
04-24-2012, 04:37 PM
Isn't Steve Doocy a member of the FoxNooz Morning Zoo crew?

Why would anyone expect him to behave like a proper news man?

Nicholas Scheuer
04-24-2012, 07:35 PM
As one not above the art of "paraphrasing", myself, I don't see a problem with what Obama said.

Keith Wilson
04-24-2012, 09:24 PM
Romney portrayed it as an attack on his father’s success. This is interesting. Pointing out that rich kids have great advantages is "attacking their parents' success"? Poor babies. Well, so much for equality of opportunity. I didn't think they really believed in it anyway. Perhaps the next step is explicit advocacy of a hereditary aristocracy? The right has been getting so weird lately, it would hardly surprise me.

I see no problem with either the paraphrase or the accurate quote.

Vince Brennan
04-24-2012, 09:28 PM
Die Große Lüge is still an effective tool... when caught (see Dutch [ ad infinitum] ),one simply backpedals to the nearest believable shoal of reason and folds one's arms, adopting a quizzical , "Who, ME?", demeanour.

Passive aggressive in it's finest articulation.