Hey, Doocy apologized for fabricating part of Obama’s speech!
A few days ago my friend Michael Thaddeus wrote a guest post after noticing that Fox News reporter Steve Doocy had added three words, “Unlike some people,” to Obama’s line “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
This fabrication had the effect of making Obama appear to be making a snide reference to Romney. Indeed Doocy was talking to Romney on Fox News when he added the words. But the truth was that Obama had been saying the silver spoon line since 2009, as Thaddeus pointed out.
Moreover, the Washington Post and New York Post had picked up the line verbatim from Doocy, rather than checking the original source, and when Thaddeus had contacted them they had ignored his complaints. So that’s when he asked me to put up his guest post, which I did.
And what’s super cool is that it was picked up by a bunch of people who linked to my blog (ISPN Media, Deep Brain Media, Brobrubel’s blog, The Fifth Column, and FAIR), and quite a bit of twitter buzz for what I’m used to.
A bunch of other media outlets also picked this up who didn’t link to my blog (which is kind of ironic considering the post is about doing your job as a journalist) including USA Today, Media Matters, and the Daily Kos, after which the Washington Post corrected its Obama quote.
After that, the story got onto Talking Points Memo, and didn’t link to my blog but was attributed to Michael Thaddeus which later got shortened to MT for some reason. It was even the top story on Talking Points Memo for some time Sunday afternoon.
The ultimate (in terms of my kids thinking I’m cool) happened Monday evening though when the story was featured on the Colbert Report. Cool!
Oh yeah, and Doocy finally apologized on Fox News.
Blogging isn’t dead, people!!