During an off-the-record portion of an interview with CNBC today, President Obama called Kanye West a “jackass” for his storming the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speach for Best Female Video at MTV’s Video Movie Awards.
Then, during an interview today, President Obama called West a “jackass” while the cameras were off. But ABC News reporter Terry Moran posted the following on Twitter: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”
The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before people heard about the comment.
Personally, I agree with President Obama – I probably wouldn’t have worded it as strongly as he did, but Kanye West is an idiot just looking for some time in the spotlight in my opinion (and I might be biased since I like Taylor Swift too).
Now, while I agree with President Obama here, I would not be happy if I were him. Moran NEVER should have posted that – it was an off-the-record part of the interview and should have stayed that way.
Since then, ABC has released the following statement:
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 – here’s an issue where I’ll agree with the President.
On a related note, I found the following video early today that I found pretty amuzing: