Politico is reporting that ABC’s Moran removes tweet with Obama swipe at Kayne:
ABC News reporter Terry Moran caused quite a commotion tonight on Twitter after writing the following: "Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a "jackass" for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential."
Although it wasn't long before Moran removed it, with over a million followers, the tweet quickly bounced around Twitter through various users. (And it can still be found here).
Now, an ABC spokesperson explains to POLITICO what happened:
In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.
So why would the President want his calling a “jackass” a “jackass” off the record? There is no excuse for the immature outburst of the ego obese but emotionally challenged West. Is Obama more concerned about his undeserved image as one of the “cool” guys than he is about pointing that certain behavior is unacceptable regardless of the popularity of the jackass in question?
Obama either means what he said or he doesn’t. He got the term right the first time. He should stand by it.