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Coverage Of Obama's Medal of Honor Mess

…does not exist, it seems. A sitting president flubbing the identity of a fallen soldier is not worthy of reporting, apparently. That’s right, after an amazingly callous, egregious mistake like this from the Commander in Chief, it doesn’t get mentioned. If the Commander in Chief is a Democrat.

Geoffrey Dickens tells us what they did instead:

NBC Nightly News, which spent three straight nights mocking Palin on her Revere account, as reported by the MRC’s Rich Noyes, ignored Obama’s mistake, even as Jim Miklaszewski played clips from the very Fort Drum speech in which Obama made his screw-up. While CBS Evening News also covered Obama’s event with the troops they too failed to report Obama’s error. On ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer there wasn’t even a story on Obama at Fort Drum, but they did air bits of a David Muir interview with First Lady Michelle Obama which Sawyer teased this way: “And still ahead, right here on World News, the First Lady talks to David Muir, what she wants for her daughters when they fall in love.”

At least he apologized. That makes it better now, right? I mean, well… he sort of apologized. That’s it, case closed, nothing to report here.

Uh…and..uh…by “sort of” I mean not at all:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in a statement acknowledging the presidential mistake, said: “At Ft. Drum, the president misspoke when discussing the first Medal of Honor he presented posthumously to Jared Monti. …”

It was neutrally phrased, but for all the verbiage, there was one thing missing:

An apology.

A simple “I’m sorry” would have been nice. But in politics, an apology is seen as a sign of weakness, which is why the nonapology apology has become a modern art form.

Can you imagine what would b going on with a Republican right now? This, while starting a truly illegal war? It just boggles the mind.

Below the fold, the video no press corps seems to care about.


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Comments (10)

As far as the left is conce... (Below threshold)
jim m:

As far as the left is concerned the position is "at least he's not a hypocrite". A conservative would be eviscerated for such a gaffe because conservatives generally care about this. But obama doesn't give a rip about the military so the MSM will let him shit all over Medal of Honor recipients and they don't think it's a big deal.

As far as the 'apology' goes, I'm surprised we got even the half-hearted effort we did get. He hates the military, doesn't respect them or what they do or the sacrifices they make. His ego is too big to accept that he was wrong. Especially it is too difficult for him to accept that he wronged a soldier, someone he considers far beneath his station and barely worthy of recognition in the first place.

While the MSM may consider ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

While the MSM may consider Carney's statement an apology in truth all it does is admit to an error. Admitting to your error is the step you take before you apologize to everyone.

Moreover, there is no way that his statement that this was the first Medal of Honor that he (Obama) had the opportunity to award which wasn't posthumous can be honestly characterized as misspeaking. It could be characterized as not caring enough to check the facts first, or even as merely saying whatever you think sounds good (because you're just pandering to the audience anyhow), but there is no way that attributing life to a dead person is misspeaking. That is worse than even Biden's, "Stand up, Joe."

Finally, once again we have Obama finding a way to make the subject be about him. This time is about Barack's opportunity to the Medal of Honor, not The Medal's winner.

Obama did not misspeak. It ... (Below threshold)

Obama did not misspeak. It was a Kinetic Inaccuracy Statement.

Legacy media doesn't even m... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Legacy media doesn't even make a pretense of objectivity or balance anymore. It's full-on propaganda until things get to the point that bad news for the Democrats can no longer be ignored.

The JEF is such a tool. He... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

The JEF is such a tool. He did not "misspeak", the teleprompter did. He's just a puppet, saying words of other people, and doing the puppet master bidding.

The affirmative action precedent.

I believe 0bama called Mont... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

I believe 0bama called Monti's family and apologized, which is a good start.

Now he needs to apologize to the Tenth Mountain Division.

The LSM's silence on this whole mess is yet another proof that, as the First Lady said:

Fortunately, we have help from the Media.
Rub a dub dub Barry is a sc... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Rub a dub dub Barry is a schlubb

No apology? Well y... (Below threshold)
Don L :

No apology?

Well you'd of thunk he'd give one of those super-duper fancy chin-scraping bows he perfected after watching those old WWII Jap movies and practiced throughout the Mid-east.

As the MSM likes to say "We... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

As the MSM likes to say "We don't report it, it didn't happen".

Why should Obama apologize?... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Why should Obama apologize? It wasn't his vault. We elected TOTUS to do all the public speaking for Obama and TOTUS chose not to attend the event and left Obama hanging.

Let's put them blame where it belongs.




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