1 An AP follow-up story explains its mistake in cleaning up the President's gaffe about Gulf cities on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:
"In an Aug. 7 story on President Barack Obama's comments on the need to deepen U.S. harbors, The Associated Press wrongly inserted an interpretive phrase in parentheses into a quote by Obama... . The AP should not have added the phrase in an effort to clarify his statement" (//link)
What if the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a televangelist, or a conservative political celebrity like Newt Gingrich or Mike Huckabee had bungled so badly a geographical statement, would the AP or any other mainstream news agency have doctored the blunder apparently to only save embarrassment for the spokesperson? Highly unlikely I'd say.
Other helpful links:
- Politics: AP admits 'fixing' Obama quote saying east coast cities were on Gulf of Mexico by Dan Calabrese
- Associated Press admits to “wrongly” fixing Obama Gulf ports gaffe by Matt Cover
- AP Issues Correction of Obama Quote [Video] by Accuracy in Media
1perhaps this is what AP meant by "accountability journalism" in 2008. see "Associated Press Endorses 'Accountability Journalism'"