PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Obama has gone to Congress asking for more
money to spend. The President, in a rambling and tedious exercise mixing blame
with demands, made quite a few dubious statements in laying out the case for
Congress to vote for the plan which as yet does not exist. Much like Obamacare,
Congress must ultimately vote for the bill to know what is in
it.

At one point Mr. Obama made a major gaffe; he
identified Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican
Party.

Lincoln did not join the Republicans until 1856, over
two years after the party was founded. The first Republican convention was held
in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1854.

Such a gaffe would have brought huge amounts of
ridicule and derision on George W. Bush, but in the case of Obama the media
yawned.

Actually, they did more than yawn; government-funded
PBS has altered the transcript of the President’s speech, removing the offending
comment.

The New
York Times transcript
has the following quote:

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who
saved our Union.  Founder of the Republican Party.  But in the middle of a civil
war, he was also a leader who looked to the future — a Republican President who
mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad — (applause) —
launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges.
(Applause.)  And leaders of both parties have followed the example he
set.”

But how does it appear in the PBS
transcript
?

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who
saved our Union.  But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who
looked to the future – a Republican president who mobilized government to build
the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set
up the first land grant colleges.  And leaders of both parties have followed the
example he set.”

So PBS has purposely altered a transcript containing a
major gaffe by the President. See a screen shot:

Sure; we have a fair and balanced media! The best
government money can buy!

Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis based writer. His
website is www.tbirdnow.mee.nu

Welcome Instapundit readers. Thanks,
Glenn.

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