• http://disinfo.com ralph

    At least there’s not a birther rant here after the lead headline about an AP story from 2004 with the title “Kenyan-born Obama” … that would have been troubling. All I think this points out is how little the press knew about a guy running for the U.S. Senate in 2004 named Barack Obama and how out of touch most of the country is (including the press) with a guy running for high political office with an unusual name.

    This story just confirms, for me, how incompetent the media can be. Last week they followed a weather balloon around for several hours thinking a boy was in it… it was like watching a dog play fetch.

    I’m guessing the AP “scrubbed” the story from their site because they don’t want to feed into all the birther crap that is still getting tossed around on the web. And I figure whoever wrote that newswire story in 2004 never figured some long-shot Senate hopeful would end up president of the United States a few years later…

    So the press can always do a much better job … but we, the people, can work harder at how we interpret the information we receive.

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    At least there's not a birther rant here after the lead headline about an AP story from 2004 with the title “Kenyan-born Obama” … that would have been troubling. All I think this points out is how little the press knew about a guy running for the U.S. Senate in 2004 named Barack Obama and how out of touch most of the country is (including the press) with a guy running for high political office with an unusual name.

    This story just confirms, for me, how incompetent the media can be. Last week they followed a weather balloon around for several hours thinking a boy was in it… it was like watching a dog play fetch.

    I'm guessing the AP “scrubbed” the story from their site because they don't want to feed into all the birther crap that is still getting tossed around on the web. And I figure whoever wrote that newswire story in 2004 never figured some long-shot Senate hopeful would end up president of the United States a few years later…

    So the press can always do a much better job … but we, the people, can work harder at how we interpret the information we receive.

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