Friday, February 19, 2010

Oh look! An Obama/Teleprompter joke! Haven't seen one of those before!

Sigh . . . old lies never die - they just get recycled by overly ambitious Republican politicians and their goons, along with a wink and nod from our dysfunctional media.

Everyone knows that President Barack Obama relies on a teleprompter a lot when giving talks. He even used one to talk to a dozen members of his own Middle Class Task Force a few weeks ago.

But Obama critics are seizing on one of the times he did NOT use the device to ridicule him.

The latest was Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

"President Obama was in a grade school classroom speaking to elementary school children and he was using a teleprompter," Pawlenty said Friday in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

"You've got to be kidding me," he added. "That's not a joke. That's a real story."

Actually, it's not. The tale spread by bloggers over the Internet and in some media, including the Comedy Channel's Jon Stewart, blended together two Obama appearances Jan. 19 at the Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia, to make it appear he used the teleprompter when speaking to a classroom of 30 pupils.

In reality, Obama sat on a chair and spoke with the pupils without the device.

In a different classroom, he used the teleprompter to give scripted remarks on education to television cameras.

BTW - the picture at the top of this post is of Joe Conason's excellent treatise on how it is that the right-wing manipulates the news cycle and cows the all-too-willing and compliant mainstream media to spread their dissembling propaganda. Good book, check it out.


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