Monday, September 14, 2009

Obama calls Kanye a 'jackass' - Patrick Gavin

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.

Me wonders how this is different than the "open mike" stunts that partisan control room people regularly pull on Republicans. Oh, wait, I see it now.

PS: I think it's perfectly OK for the President to refer to a jackass as a jackass. In fact I'd love to see some of the "professionals" who leak this sort of information (about any public office holder) fired. The objective of open government initiatives is to expose what government officials do in their official capacity, not to expose private off the cuff remarks that have nothing to do with governance.

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