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December 29, 2012

Airbrushing Obama’s diction

Filed under: Media,People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 9:41 pm
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In commenting on the prospects of averting the fiscal cliff this weekend, President Obama said he was “modestly optimistic.”  When I heard the comment, I immediately concluded that he meant to say “moderately optimistic” because “modesty” is totally inappropriate as a modifier in that context. 

Can you imagine how much fun Maureen Dowd and the NY Times would have with George W. Bush if he made a similar mistake?

So what did the Times do this time?  Not surprisingly, it airbrushed the mistake, even though the term was inescapably critical to news headlines around the nation.  According to the NY Times News Service, which was used in papers across the country (including the SA Express-News), what Obama actually said was the following:

  • President Barack Obama said Friday evening that progress had been made in make-or-break talks on the fiscal crisis, saying he was cautiously “optimistic” as Senate leaders worked furiously on an agreement toward a bill to avert the worst of the economic punch from landing Tuesday.”

Conservative pundits often accuse the Times and NBC News of being extensions of the Obama campaign staff, and there seems to be some truth to that.


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