December 17, 2013

‘Today’ Places Toronto in ‘The Northeast,’ Downplays and Truncates Obama’s Admission of False ‘Keep Your Plan’ Guarantee as Quote of Year

Earlier this morning (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), in a post primarily about the Associated Press’s whitewashing of President Barack Obama’s quote of the year acknowledging that his multi-year guarantee — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health clinic care plan, period” — was, ahem, “not … accurate” (Obama’s words), I noted that the related web page for NBC’s “Today” show followed the AP’s lead by claiming that Obama’s original promise and not the admission was the quote of the year.

The video clip present at that same web page is both funny and sad. It’s funny, because Tamron Hall began her report by ignorantly asserting that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is “everyone’s favorite mayor from the Northeast.” It’s sad, because like the AP, NBC’s video truncated Obama’s actual November 14 admission and let it slide without further comment, giving what Ford said about his drinking and use of drugs more weight than Obama’s admission that he lied to the American people for years. The clip follows the jump:

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AP Headlines Obama’s ‘Health Care Promise’ As Year’s Top Quote, Truncates What He Actually Said

In what appears to be a deliberate watering down of the significance of the statement a Yale University librarian has identified as the year’s top quote in his eighth annual list, the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, used the following headline in its Sunday morning “Big Story” coverage: “OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE PROMISE IS 2013 TOP QUOTE.”

Uh, no. The statement tagged as 2013′s top quote is Obama’s admission that the guarantee he made dozens of times over a several-year period — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period” — was, ahem, “not … accurate” (Obama’s words). The wire service also truncated what Obama actually said in his November 14 admission, yet didn’t employ an ellipsis in doing so.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121713)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: WestJet’s Christmas Surprise

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Hamilton, Ontario (HT Daryn Kagan):