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Fox Nation's Bogus Suggestion PBS Covered Up Obama's Speech Gaffe

Reported by Ellen - September 12, 2011 -

As Alan Colmes noted on his blog, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs (not exactly a liberal site) completely debunked the latest right-wing freak out over PBS' supposed cover up of a gaffe made by President Obama in his address to Congress last week. In short, there was no real gaffe and there was no cover up. But "fair and balanced" Fox Nation has jumped at the twofer opportunity to attack both PBS and Obama in one fell swoop - and facts be damned.

According to Fox Nation, Obama made a "major gaffe" when he identified Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican Party. That "gaffe" was then supposedly edited out of PBS' transcript of his speech - as a cover up.

But as LGF's Johnson pointed out, PBS' original transcript was of Obama's prepared remarks which did not include the reference (I know for sure because I also received the prepared remarks).

There goes the cover-up theory.

Mediaite concluded that Obama did make a gaffe in that he should have said Lincoln was the "father" of the Republican Party, rather than its founder. That strikes me as a distinction with just the tiniest smidgen of difference. Nevertheless, as Johnson noted, none other than the Republican National Committee agrees with Obama. The RNC's website says:

Abraham Lincoln helped establish the Republican Party with a speech denouncing an 1854 law, written by a Democrat Senator, that allowed slavery to expand into the western territories. Two years later, he co-founded the Illinois GOP.

But wait, there's more. Johnson also reported several more instances of prominent Republicans - Rep. Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and President Herbert Hoover - all naming Lincoln as the founder of the Republican Party.



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