Did Fox News Fabricate An Obama Quote?

Steve Doocy

Same old Fox News deception…

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In a recent campaign-trail speech, President Obama delivered a line that was widely construed as a jab at Mitt Romney. But whether it was a direct jab at Romney was at least arguable until a Fox News host pumped it up with three additional words that Obama never said.

“Somebody gave me an education,” the President said last Wednesday in a Elyria, Ohio speech, discussing equality of opportunity. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance — just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”

The “silver spoon” comment in the context of the speech seemed to be a swipe against Romney, whose father George Romney was the top executive of a major car company and a former governor of Michigan. But the President was able to maintain plausible deniability until Steve Doocy of Fox News came along. While interviewing Romney on live TV Thursday, Doocy quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

But Obama never prefaced his statement with the words “unlike some people,” as evident in thevideo of the speech (9:22 minute mark). The words do not appear in the official transcript either.

Regardless, the unspoken words were imputed to Obama in a Washington Post article, a New York Post editorial and conservative blogs after Doocy’s segment.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the remark had nothing to do with Romney. Nor is the phrase new: Obama used the words “silver spoon” in a similar context during a March 2009 speech about the importance of education and opportunity.

A Fox News spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

3 comments

  1. Good job exposing this insidious “News Channel.” If you get a chance read the book entitled “The Fox Effect” because it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the real goal of this cauldron of conservatism=to systematically remove President Obama from office. They are also influenced by the likes of the demonic duo known as The Koch Brothers. I’m doing everything possible on my blog too bring these idiots to light. Keep up the great work Kaystreet!!!!

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