This week's Mainstream Media Scream highlights some flubs made by President Obama during his interview by Jay Leno on the Tonight Show last week. For example, despite falsely claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB and confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics, the networks fell silent.
a) "Terrorists depend on the idea that we're going to be terrorized. And we're going to live our lives. And the odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately."
b) Obama claimed Putin once "headed up the KGB."
c) "Our ports. You know, the Panama Canal is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in. Now, that will be finished in 2015. If we don't deepen our ports all along the Gulf -- places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida -- if we don't do that, those ships are going to go someplace else."
d) He confused Winter and Summer Olympics. Russia will have Winter games: "If Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it."
Baker's comment: Imagine if that had been George W. Bush, Sarah Palin or Dan Quayle on Leno's show. Hard to imagine every TV story wouldn't have focused on the miscues as the latest proof of the idiocy of the Republican politician. Must be nice to have journalists cleaning up your errors so you look more erudite than ill-informed bumbler.
Rating: Four out of five screams
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.