Accuracy in Media

The Associated Press issued a correction on Thursday, admitting that they shouldn’t have inserted an “interpretive phrase in parentheses” into a quote by the President.

obama-lenoIn the original quote the AP printed from Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, they added the parenthetical phrase “and in” to the quote. By doing so, they were clearly helping to cover up Obama’s gaffe in which he identified the cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville as sitting along the Gulf of Mexico.

From the AP.

In an Aug. 7 story on President Barack Obama’s comments on the need to deepen U.S. harbors, The Associated Press wrongly inserted an interpretive phrase in parentheses into a quote by Obama:

“If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. – if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs,” Obama said.

Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville are not Gulf ports. It wasn’t known if the president was suggesting they were. The AP should not have added the phrase in an effort to clarify his statement.

The AP knew full well what the President had said and tried to give him a hand by adding in the interpretive phrase. They had no choice but to issue a correction, after they were caught red-handed.

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