…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:
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.