Thanks to Matt Drudge for linking to last night’s NewsBusters post (“AP’s Russ Bynum Covers Up Obama’s ‘Gulf Ports’ Gaffe”), as seen below (“REPORT: AP ‘Covers Up’ Obama’s ‘Gulf Ports’ Gaffe…”):
I hasten to add that I would not have found the disgraceful work of the Associated Press’s Russ Bynum, which was not present at the AP’s national site when I wrote up the post (a very unusual occurrence for a story about a presidential appearance), if Michelle Malkin and Twitchy.com had not detected Bynum’s report at two southeastern news sites.
UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh has also linked to the NewsBusters post, with the following commentary:
… Now let me take a stab at this because I can answer this easily. Of course the gaffe there is Obama saying, “Look, we have to deepen our ports all along the gulf, places like Charleston, South Carolina, which is on the Atlantic ocean. Savannah, Georgia, on the Atlantic ocean, Jacksonville, Florida, on the Atlantic ocean. None of these are on the Gulf.
… here is Barack Obama, not knowing what he’s talking about, sounding so sure of himself. In fact, the AP has written about this and doesn’t even mention the gaffe. They are whitewashing it. They have written a story that essentially praises Obama’s brilliance for understanding that we need to deepen the ports. They don’t even touch on the gaffe. This kind of stuff genuinely ticks me off.
… (Obama) lied to this country when establishing this stimulus. The stimulus was designed to fix all of these bridges and Obama is out there trying to make everybody think that their bridge is going to fall down or pretty much every bridge is in trouble and we’re going to build schools and we’re going to rebuild roads and all of this. And not one penny of that stimulus went to any of it.
… So the way this becomes a partisan issue, Obama makes the case for the stimulus to rebuild crumbling infrastructure and gives the money to the unions in a money laundering scheme, teachers unions and public sector workers unions got 75 percent of the stimulus. We’ve been through all of this with the details and the dollar amounts. As a result, nothing got fixed .. And (that’s how) it becomes partisan.
By the way, folks, just to remind you: Sarah Palin never, ever said that she could see Russia from her house. Tina Fey said it on Saturday Night Live impersonating Palin, and it became popularly assumed by people that Palin actually said it. She never said it.
… The AP, in their effort to whitewash Obama’s gaffe, actually added words to their report to cover for the guy. The AP printed, quote, “If we don’t deepen our ports along the Gulf (and in) places like…”
They added the words “and in,” and they put them in parentheses, which means it’s not a direct quote. It’s assumed. But Obama didn’t say “and in.” He said, “Our ports along the Gulf in places like…” They added the words “and in” and changed the whole thing. It’s a whitewash, cover up.
Appreciate the notice, guys, but I’m sure you’d agree that we all would prefer objective reporting instead.