Skip to comments.President's opinion of Kanye West sparks debate (Assoc. Press Joins the Fray!)
Posted on 09/15/2009 2:28:50 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
NEW YORK President Barack Obama's candid thoughts about Kanye West are provoking a debate over standards of journalism in the Twitter age.
ABC News says it was wrong for its employees to tweet that Obama had called West a "jackass" for the rapper's treatment of country singer Taylor Swift. The network said some of its employees had overheard a conversation between the president and CNBC's John Harwood and didn't realize it was considered off the record.
The network apologized to the White House and CNBC.
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Question: When will Congress hold a vote on whether to censure Obama for his outburst?
"The network apologized to the White House and CNBC." Yes, but did Obama apologize to Kanye?
Now Obama must invite Kanye West to the White House for a beer.
As must as I’d like to see a fair shake out of the media, I’m resigned to the fact it just ain’t gonna happen.
That said, I’ve got plenty of other things to lay at Obama’s feet before I start maligning him for making a true statement, however undignified.
Now will Kanye forgive Obama? Too much drama.
TMZ has the audio posted. ...also linked at Newsbusters.org
Roe Conn on WLS Chicago was playing the audio clip, or at least an audio clip of Obama saying “he’s a jackass” - could have come from his book-on-tape I suppose. But anyway, it’s just hilarious, as Roe is dropping the sound bite in right and left, even during the newscast ;-)
I guess the Liar-n-Thief, er, make that the Liar-in-Chief knows a jackass when he sees one.
the ‘off the record’ remark heard round da world..
I think Obama said this knowing full well it would leak out. It’s a perfect little I’m hip to pop culture Sister Soulja moment. Call me when Terry Moron tweets some “O-bon mot” that 99.9% of the public doesn’t agree with.
The Uppity don’t drink beer amongst themselves, they drink cognac
Obama must be a racist. Kanye West is of the Negro race. Thus, any criticism of him must be racist.
Obama’s said more about Kanye than ACORN.
Not a word said about ACORN but he finds the time to mention Kanye. Unreal.
>> provoking a debate over standards of journalism
So its candor that sparks the debate.
this is just more pandering. Clinton’s “Sista Soulja” moment turned his polls around.
You guy are suckers. The whole thing was planned.
Good grief! Can’t the media find a bigger issue to expose?
Was there ever any doubt about Mr. West? We knew he was a Democrat long before Obama called him one.
Is it just me that wonders why the President is having conversations with the President of CNBC?
Seems a little out of line to me...but, wait...I forgot that the entire NBC outfit is just the state-run media. Never mind!
Oops...sorry....didn’t realize that he was talking to a reporter from CNBC...my bad!
How the heck is West’s first name pronounced?
It’s pronounced “Con-yay”.
If it was not supposed to be published, it wouldn’t have been.
You guy are suckers. The whole thing was planned.
That’s what you (or FReepers like you) were saying about Beergate.
EXCELLENT!!! If so, I support his “plans”.
Nah! I believe Kanye's drink of choice is cognac.
Want to place a bet that Charlie Gibson heard about this little incident?
“The network said some of its employees had overheard a conversation between the president and CNBC’s John Harwood and didn’t realize it was considered off the record.”
I realize journalist (i.e.gossip-mongers) love “off the record” statements because it allows them to extract information easier, and interviewees love it because it lets them vent without consequence. But it’s not like the confessional or doctor-patient confidentiality. It’s a make-believe trust, held together by the parties so long as they think breaking it will come back to hurt them. It certainly doesn’t extend to people who aren’t party to the agreement.
There is an assumption of risk when undertaking to speak out loud in public. ABC has nothing whatsoever to apologize for. It’s not as if they were snooping, or they bugged CNBC’s phones. Obama should have been aware of the possibility that someone could overhear. As for the apology to CNBC, there was no harm done. CNBC wasn’t going to report on it, so you can’t say ABC stole the scoop. It shouldn’t hurt their relationship with the president, either, since they’re not the ones who spilled the beans. You can argue the president may watch his words more carefully in the future around them, but again, they weren’t allowed, by virtue of the sacred trust, to report his off the record comments anyway. So the president tightening his lips shouldn’t matter one way or another.
Thanks. I never would have guessed that.
No ... Hennessy. Aw, yeah!
From what I can gather the debate is whether Kanye is a "Punk-ass Bitch" or a "Bitch-ass Punk".
Me, I think he is a douche-bag.
apologies all around for my colorful expletives.
You’re quite welcome.