Fox News host admits he ‘did some paraphrasing’ by misquoting Obama

By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:04 EDT
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Fox News host Steve Doocy
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A Fox News host on Tuesday stopped short of apologizing after he “did some paraphrasing” and misquoted President Barack Obama.

During an interview last week with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, host Steve Doocy quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

But the president never said the words “unlike some people,” which Doocy suggested was part of an attack on Romney.

Fox News promised on Monday that Doocy would “clarify” the remarks.

“When I was interviewing Gov. Romney on this show, I asked him about it,” Doocy said during Tuesday morning’s show. “However, I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the president.”

“So to be clear, the president’s exact quote was, ‘I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.’ And I hope that clears up any confusion,” he added without noting what was incorrect about his original quote.

Doocy’s clarification came after Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert mocked the Fox News host on Monday night.

“So, he didn’t say ‘Unlike some people,’ unlike some people,” Colbert explained. “But folks, that does not mean it was poor journalism. Doocy was practicing journalism plus, by quoting the subtext. It works like this: ‘I don’t give out handjobs out in the bus station……unlike some people.’”

“So excellent reporting, Steve Doocy, and I know good reporting. I am an independent newsman. Not some smug, self-satisfied brown-noser toting for the Republican establishment…..Unlike some people.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast April 24, 2012.


(h/t: Video Café)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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