Hmmm…Does the President Support the Public Option?

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During President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress last night, delivered over the din of Republican obstruction, he spent 7 paragraphs speaking about the need for a public health insurance option, and included one in the White House’s reform plan.  What did the Associated Press take away from all of this?

Analysis: Obama willing to deep-six public option

This analysis seems to spring from these two sentences:

For example — for example, some have suggested that the public option go into effect only in those markets where insurance companies are not providing affordable policies. Others have proposed a co-op or another non-profit entity to administer the plan. These are all constructive ideas worth exploring.

So, two sentences placating the GOP’s and Blue Dogs’ macaroni art constitutes a repudiation of the public option?

Read the rest at Mediaite

Stupid Effing AP Part Q…Who Can Keep Track?

I hate the AP.  Just getting that out of the way.  I say “effing” because I’m really trying to cut down on the amount of profanity at this blog.  That way, the remaining profanity can feel more special.

So, in their report about the Obamas’ new dog, they drop this gem:apobamicon1

The Washington Post reported in its online editions Saturday night that Obama’s daughters chose the name Bo for the pup because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley. The name for the dog was an apparent reference to the singer “Bo” Diddley.

Right, singer Bo Diddley.  Ignorant assholes.  Bo Diddley is a singer the way Jimi Hendrix is a singer, in that it’s something they do to keep busy while blowing holes in the fabric of space-time with their guitars.

Why do I care?  Well, here’s how Wikipedia lists Bo Diddley:

This article is about the singer. For the album, see Bo Diddley (album). For the song, see Bo Diddley (song).

Is this how the AP researches a story?  By reading WaPo and skimming Wikipedia?  At least they credited WaPo.  Bully for them.

The Kettle (Associated Press) Goes After the Pot (Content Thieves)

The AP is declaring war on online content thieves, according to HuffPo, making this super-ironic declaration:apobamicon

“We Can No Longer Stand By And Watch Others Walk Off With Our Work”

Oh, what do I do?  Laugh in their faces?  Spit?

These are the same dickbags who stole my reporting, didn’t credit me, then when I called their Washington editor, basically told me to shove it.

See, I scored a rare exclusive on the Michelle Obama ring story.  I managed to get a statement out of the jeweller first thing in the morning, before he clammed up.  I was the only one with a statement.  Not Politico, who tried and failed, or anyone else.

The AP runs a 1 paragraph item that afternoon, cites the denial with zero attribution or sourcing, and doesn’t credit me.  I can’t tell you exactly what their editor told me .on our multiple phone conversations, because it was off the record.  See, I have integrity.

So, eff the AP.  Hard, with sand on it.