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ABC, CBS and NBC Morning Shows Bypass Obama's Gaffes on Jay Leno (Watch Video Clips)
Media Research Center ^ | 08/08/2013 | Geoffrey Dickens

Posted on 08/10/2013 11:03:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President's verbal mishaps.

ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s This Morning and NBC’s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston, and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics.


First up, on the August 6 edition of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Obama responded to the talk show host’s question about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, this way: "The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately." (It should be noted that Good Morning America did run this soundbite, but they let it go by without comment.)

JAY LENO: What do you say to those cynics who go, oh, this is an overreaction to Benghazi — how do you respond to that?

BARACK OBAMA: One thing I’ve tried to do as President is not over react, but make sure that as much as possible the American people understand that there are genuine risks out there.  What’s great about what we’ve seen with America over the last several years is how resilient we are.  So after the Boston bombing, for example, the next day folks were out there, they’re going to ball games. They are making sure that we’re not reacting in a way that somehow shuts us down.

And that’s the right reaction. Terrorists depend on the idea that we’re going to be terrorized. And we’re going to live our lives. And the odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately. But there are things that we can do to make sure that we’re keeping the pressure on these networks that would try to injure Americans. And the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to bed is making sure that I’m doing everything I can to keep Americans safe.

Later on the leader of the free world mistakenly claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin once “headed up the KGB.” According to this January 30, 2000 Washington Post article Putin “spent 17 years as a mid-level agent in the Soviet KGB's foreign intelligence wing, rising only to the rank of lieutenant colonel.”

LENO: And Putin seems to me like one of those old-school KGB guys.

OBAMA: Well, he headed up the KGB.

During the Russia portion of the interview, the President also mixed up the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics.

OBAMA: I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn't tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They're athletes, they're there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it.

The track and field events, swimming competitions and gymnastics all take place during the summer games. Sochi, Russia is the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Finally, during a discussion on the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure, Obama made a big geographical goof, as seen in the following exchange:

LENO: You mentioned infrastructure. Why is that a partisan issue? I live in a town, the bridge is falling apart, it’s not safe. How does that become Republican or Democrat?  How do you not just fix the bridge?

OBAMA: I don’t know. As you know, for the last three years, I’ve said, let’s work together. Let’s find a financing mechanism and let’s go ahead and fix our bridges, fix our roads, sewer systems, our ports. You know the Panama Canal is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in. Now, that will be finished in 2015. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. Businesses won’t locate here.

-- Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; gaffes; jayleno; mrc; obama; obamagaffes; obamaleno; partisanmedia

1 posted on 08/10/2013 11:03:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

he is a gaffe.


2 posted on 08/10/2013 11:06:19 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Palin had said the balance beam was in the winter Olympics....

sigh


3 posted on 08/10/2013 11:09:19 AM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: SeekAndFind

The idiots who voted for this frikkin’ idiot will never admit that they elected an idiot, because, well.... They’re idiots.


4 posted on 08/10/2013 11:10:04 AM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: SeekAndFind
What I really find interesting is that the MSM decides not to print such things and then wonders why MSM viewing and circulation statistics are in the toilet. Why...it couldn't be because they're not doing their job, could it? If you buy the Boston Globe for a billion dollars and six years later sell it for $70 million, it seems pretty clear to me what the direction of the print media is, and I think one reason is because people don't feel they're reading the news. They feel they're reading an opinion.
5 posted on 08/10/2013 11:11:15 AM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What did you expect?


6 posted on 08/10/2013 11:12:50 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: SeekAndFind; sickoflibs; Liz
...falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston, and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics.

If George Bush or Dan Quayle had said the above the press would NOT have laughed about President Bush being a cowboy - or Quayle being stupid. Nope, our brain-dead members of the MSM are professional journalists - they treat all gaffs equally.It's why the press is so respected. /s

7 posted on 08/10/2013 11:15:10 AM PDT by GOPJ (Sob stories make bad law...)
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To: Bullish

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2559666/posts

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.


8 posted on 08/10/2013 11:18:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This regime is plotting and actively trying to destroy America.... I’m convinced of it and every time I hear this imposter speak I’m more certain of it.


9 posted on 08/10/2013 11:27:15 AM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: GOPJ

More Obama treasures:

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” —on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

“I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” —at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip: http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/barackobamavideos/youtube/obama-57-states.htm )

Obama Bangs head on chopper (No Gerald Ford-like jokes here):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Ijej4J0NM


10 posted on 08/10/2013 11:28:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Bullish





This Message Not Approved by the NSA

11 posted on 08/10/2013 11:28:34 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Chicago Murder Updates..http://homicides.redeyechicago.com/)
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To: SeekAndFind

The “news “media did not cover King Zero’s gaffes because they do not consider them gaffes. To them, King Zero cannot possibly make a gaffe or be wrong. Only a Repub can do such things (in their - small - minds).


13 posted on 08/10/2013 11:44:27 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: bigbob; SeekAndFind

You’d think he’d have brought his portable teleprompters with him to speak from while on Leno’s couch, to avoid such off-the-cuff remarks revealing how dumb he really is. He and Biden make a good pair when they stick their feet in their mouths.


14 posted on 08/10/2013 11:52:10 AM PDT by HotHunt
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To: SeekAndFind

Why are they covering for him? They’re going to die too when this country takes it’s last breath.


15 posted on 08/10/2013 11:52:35 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And still more:

"I don't know what the term is in Austrian." -- Never mind that the people in Austria speak German.

"Marine Corp-s-e"

Signing the Westminster Abby guest book in 2011 with the date "2008".

17 posted on 08/10/2013 11:59:40 AM PDT by raisetheroof ("To become Red is to become dead --- gradually." Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: jeffc

RE: The “news “media did not cover King Zero’s gaffes because they do not consider them gaffes.

They all but admitted this. See this FR thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3053243/posts


18 posted on 08/10/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: econjack
....Why...it couldn't be because they're not doing their job, could it?

Yeah, that's just it, the MSM and the print media think they ARE doing their jobs by promoting liberal statism, fascism and liberal democrats, all while deceitfully trashing conservatives and conservatism in general.

It should be called what it really amounts to. Sedition and treason.

19 posted on 08/10/2013 12:02:52 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Bullish

“The idiots who voted for this frikkin’ idiot will never admit that they elected an idiot, because, well.... They’re idiots.”

Nail, hit squarely on the head .


20 posted on 08/10/2013 12:28:40 PM PDT by daku
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To: Bullish

They did not elect a leader. They elected Robber Claus to steal from us to benefit them.


21 posted on 08/10/2013 1:47:55 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.

SALON: Sorry, conservatives, Obama didn’t gaffe on Leno
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3053243

[snip] plainly not a gaffe — it’s an assessment of the world that is different from how conservatives would see it. [/snip]


22 posted on 08/10/2013 4:45:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks


23 posted on 08/10/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT by GOPJ (Sob stories make bad law...)
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To: SeekAndFind; abb

“In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” —on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

“I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” —at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon

(Watch video clip: http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/barackobamavideos/youtube/obama-57-states.htm )

Obama Bangs head on chopper (No Gerald Ford-like jokes here):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Ijej4J0NM

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Amazing - thanks for sharing.


24 posted on 08/10/2013 6:29:38 PM PDT by GOPJ (Sob stories make bad law...)
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