Lies, Damned Lies, And Fox News Misquotes

Fox News added three words to an Obama quote, three words that transformed Obama’s statement from a generic statement about his socioeconomic background into a malicious slur aimed at Mitt Romney. The videotape shows clearly that Obama never said those three words. The transcript, for what it’s worth, does not contain those three words. Here’s the statement, via Sahil Kapur of TPM; Obama’s part is between quote marks in blue:

“Somebody gave me an education,” the President said last Wednesday in a Elyria, Ohio speech, discussing equality of opportunity. “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance — just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”

The part in red was added by Steve Doocy of Fox News in “quoting” Obama in the course of an interview of Mitt Romney. Video available at the TPM link above.

I’ve been to Elyria, Ohio. It’s a nice little town of about 55,000 people, not too far from Oberlin, where I attended the Baroque Performance Institute for three summers in the early Eighties. Elyria deserves better than to be lied about on Fox News.

It’s going to be a long election season…

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