Steve Doocy’s LIE About President Obama’s “Silver Spoon” Comment

The Lie?
On the April 19th, 2012 edition of Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy deliberately misquoted a statement made by President Obama during a speech he gave on the previous day. While interviewing Gov. Mitt Romney, Doocy claimed the president had said, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” which gave the distinct impression that he had been referring to Romney. Romney immediately pounced on the intentional misstatement as if the president had been talking about him.
The Truth
The president never used the words, “Unlike some people,” when he made his statement. His exact words were, “Somebody gave me an education.  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.” White House spokesman Jay Carney would later say the remark had nothing to do with Romney. In fact, long before Romney announced his candidacy for president, Obama made a similar statement during a speech in March of 2009. “None of us were born with a silver spoon in our mouths — but we got a great education. And if we combine additional resources with a commitment to reform, then I think we can deliver that for every American child,” he said back then. (source: Fox News Lies reader MT)

UPDATES: On the Monday, April 24th, 2012 edition of The Colbert Report, a number of video clips were shown of the president using similar language on: April 14th, 2011; October 30th, 2010; and October 22nd, 2010. During the Tuesday morning, April 25th, 2012 edition of Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy offered a tepid “clarification” for his obvious lie. He claimed he was merely paraphrasing the president, and that he “seemed” to be misquoting him.

 

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4 Responses to “Steve Doocy’s LIE About President Obama’s “Silver Spoon” Comment”

  1. Marilyn says:

    Excuse me Steve Doocy…your words were that the president had some firey rhetoric directed at Mitt Romney. See? That is a paraphrase, I didn’t use your exact words, but got the correct point across. What you did was not a paraphrase, it was twisting words, taking them out of context, and falsely telling Romney those words were directed at him. AKA, you lied. Had you been an 11th grader writing a research paper, you would have failed. Shame on you. Your poor candidate now looks more democratic (I mean like an arse) because of how thrilled he was that he could take down the president on something he never said, nor implied. You fail at journalism. No wonder Fox loves you.

    • Alan Norton says:

      Marilyn,
      Are you as angry with MSNBC for editing recordings and using the edited version as fact? With no apology today from Andrea Mitchell for the most recent.

      • pat says:

        I don’t like ANY news station that distorts or falsifies the news. It’s just that Fox news is the worst of the bunch. Very little that comes from that show is “fair and balanced”

  2. jim aitken says:

    The Fox opinion channel is
    an echochamber. If you watch that trash long enough you begin to believe it. It is sad and embarassing.

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