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President's opinion of Kanye West sparks debate (Assoc. Press Joins the Fray!)
Assoc. Press ^ | 09/15/2009 | By DAVID BAUDER

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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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jackass; jackassgate; kanyewest; obama
Hilarious. This off-color remark by Barack Obama has left the gossip pages and blogs and is now in the MSM.

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?

1 posted on 09/15/2009 2:28:50 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Now Obama must invite Kanye West to the White House for a beer.


2 posted on 09/15/2009 2:30:51 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


3 posted on 09/15/2009 2:31:44 PM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Now will Kanye forgive Obama? Too much drama.


4 posted on 09/15/2009 2:32:08 PM PDT by Blue Highway ("Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself" Barack Obama, Oct 15, 2008 Presidential debate)
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To: Responsibility2nd

TMZ has the audio posted. ...also linked at Newsbusters.org


5 posted on 09/15/2009 2:34:19 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Responsibility2nd

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 ;-)


6 posted on 09/15/2009 2:34:54 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Responsibility2nd

I guess the Liar-n-Thief, er, make that the Liar-in-Chief knows a jackass when he sees one.


7 posted on 09/15/2009 2:35:39 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Onoes


8 posted on 09/15/2009 2:35:44 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

the ‘off the record’ remark heard round da world..


9 posted on 09/15/2009 2:36:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Heavyrunner

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.


10 posted on 09/15/2009 2:36:34 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: Cicero
......Now Obama must invite Kanye West to the White House for a beer......

The Uppity don’t drink beer amongst themselves, they drink cognac

11 posted on 09/15/2009 2:37:17 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Quotes of the century: 2001 "Lets Roll"..... 2009 "You Lie")
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama must be a racist. Kanye West is of the Negro race. Thus, any criticism of him must be racist.


12 posted on 09/15/2009 2:37:38 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Responsibility2nd

Obama’s said more about Kanye than ACORN.


13 posted on 09/15/2009 2:39:39 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not a word said about ACORN but he finds the time to mention Kanye. Unreal.


14 posted on 09/15/2009 2:41:18 PM PDT by albie
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To: Responsibility2nd

>> provoking a debate over standards of journalism

So its candor that sparks the debate.


15 posted on 09/15/2009 2:41:18 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: Responsibility2nd

this is just more pandering. Clinton’s “Sista Soulja” moment turned his polls around.


16 posted on 09/15/2009 2:45:54 PM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: Responsibility2nd

You guy are suckers. The whole thing was planned.


17 posted on 09/15/2009 2:47:02 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Good grief! Can’t the media find a bigger issue to expose?


18 posted on 09/15/2009 2:51:38 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Was there ever any doubt about Mr. West? We knew he was a Democrat long before Obama called him one.


19 posted on 09/15/2009 2:52:39 PM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Responsibility2nd

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!


20 posted on 09/15/2009 2:54:05 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: woweeitsme

Oops...sorry....didn’t realize that he was talking to a reporter from CNBC...my bad!


21 posted on 09/15/2009 2:55:29 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: Responsibility2nd

How the heck is West’s first name pronounced?


22 posted on 09/15/2009 2:58:17 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: IM2MAD

It’s pronounced “Con-yay”.


23 posted on 09/15/2009 3:00:15 PM PDT by hoagy62 (Obama: slowly sucking the positive attitude out of the US since 11-4-08)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If it was not supposed to be published, it wouldn’t have been.


24 posted on 09/15/2009 3:02:20 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Fido969

You guy are suckers. The whole thing was planned.

_________________________________

That’s what you (or FReepers like you) were saying about Beergate.

Planned?

EXCELLENT!!! If so, I support his “plans”.


25 posted on 09/15/2009 3:06:45 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: Cicero
Now Obama must invite Kanye West to the White House for a beer.

Nah! I believe Kanye's drink of choice is cognac.

26 posted on 09/15/2009 3:09:43 PM PDT by mellow velo
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To: Responsibility2nd

Want to place a bet that Charlie Gibson heard about this little incident?


27 posted on 09/15/2009 3:15:44 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“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.


28 posted on 09/15/2009 4:03:50 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: hoagy62

Thanks. I never would have guessed that.


29 posted on 09/15/2009 5:05:14 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: Cicero
Now Obama must invite Kanye West to the White House for a beer.

No ... Hennessy. Aw, yeah!

30 posted on 09/15/2009 7:43:33 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Colt 45


31 posted on 09/15/2009 7:46:35 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Responsibility2nd
"President's opinion of Kanye West sparks debate (Assoc. Press Joins the Fray!)"

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.

32 posted on 09/15/2009 7:50:32 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: IM2MAD

You’re quite welcome.


33 posted on 09/16/2009 12:42:58 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Obama: slowly sucking the positive attitude out of the US since 11-4-08)
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