RE: Obama, a puppy, and the press

Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

Here's the headline of that AP article Eric mentioned earlier, as it appears on the Yahoo! News site:

PROMISES, PROMISES: Is Obama dog a rescue or not?

And here's the lede:

Is Bo a rescued dog or not? Did President Obama keep or break a campaign promise in picking the purebred as the family's new pet?

A few paragraphs later:

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle said during the presidential campaign that they had promised their two girls a dog after the election.

The Obamas repeatedly said they wanted it to be a rescued dog such as one from a shelter.

Wait: the Obamas said they "wanted" a rescue dog? That sure doesn't sound like a "campaign promise" that they would get a rescue dog.

A little further down:

The Humane Society's Pacelle acknowledged that the Obamas never flat-out promised to get a dog from a pound or rescue group. And the society has kind words for Obama on its Web site: "Thanks, Mr. President, for giving a second-chance dog a forever home," it says.

So, there was no promise to get a rescue dog? The Associated Press just made that up in order to "ask" whether Obama had broken a campaign promise? A campaign promise that was never made?

Maybe the AP should spend a little less time worrying about who is quoting their work, and a little more time ensuring their work is worth quoting.

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