RE: Obama, a puppy, and the press
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.