If I didn’t work in the news industry, this item would strike me as hilarious.
ABC News has issued an apology to the White House after one of its reporters publicized via Twitter potentially embarrassing comments that President Obama made during a CNBC interview. Obama reportedly called Kaye West a “jackass” in reacting to West’s behavior the other night during the MTV Video Music Awards program.
Terry Moran from ABC News tweeted the following: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’s presidential.”
And in responding to Politico.com, an ABC News spokesperson said: “In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”
First of all, I’m not sure why ABC is reporting on an interview that CNBC is conducting with Obama. Aren’t there plenty of original stories for ABC to follow?
And did Terry Moran know that the “jackass” comment from Obama came during an off-the-record portion? Or was this an understanding between just Obama and CNBC? I don’t believe Moran would be ethically tied to an off-the-record agreement between Obama and another news agency.
But what gripes me the most is the groveling that ABC News believes it has to do to Obama for not muzzling his “jackass” comment. Is ABC News committed to cherry-picking comments that will serve only to put Obama in a positive light? Is this legitimate reporting?
No wonder so many people have given up on the press. Who wants to watch a bunch of spineless weasels make themselves look like fools?