During a CNBC interview on Monday, President Obama called Kanye West a “jackass” regarding his behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Obama’s colorful remark was actually made in an off-the-record portion of the interview that was tweeted — and then deleted — by ABC News reporter Terry Moran.
“Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential,” Moran wrote.
The tweet was deleted, but thanks to the miracle of screen caps, it can be saved forever so I can always be reminded of that time that I agreed with Barack Obama about something:
ABC, of course, instinctively and immediately prostrated themselves before The One and apologized like Tina Turner after burning Ike’s dinner:
“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.”
Hilariously, but not surprisingly, subservient.
ABC, this “breach” is going to cost you one free Obama infomercial! Oh wait, you already did that… Okay, then, just have Diane Sawyer get liquored up and fawn over all things Obama. What? Already been done? Damn! I think ABC has already pre-apologized many times.
Can you imagine a mainstream media outlet apologizing to Bush for a “journalistic breach”?
Update: Here’s Obama’s comment in audio form.