ABC Apologizes to White House, CNBC Over Off-the-Record Tweets

By Chris Ariens Comment

KanyeJay_9.15.jpgSo, Jay Leno almost made Kanye West cry last night, asking him what his mother, who died in 2007, would have thought about him interrupting Taylor Swift‘s VMA acceptance speech Sunday night. “It was rude, period,” West told Leno on his debut show. “I don’t try to justify it ’cause I was in the wrong.”

Well, this morning ABC News correspondent Terry Moran might be feeling a little Kanye-like remorse.

Politico reports Moran Tweeted the following:

Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.

Turns out that comment by the president was made off-the-record, but because CNBC and ABC share a fiber line, some employees at ABC News saw the comment and began emailing about it. Then, at least two employees Tweeted it, including Moran, who has many of his 1 million+ followers. We’re told the “Nightline” co-anchor was under the impression the comment was about to be used in an story. But upon learning it was off-the-record, Moran took down the Tweet. It had been on his page for about an hour.

An ABC spokesperson says the Tweets were sent, “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.”

And this is not the first time Moran has made an off-the-cuff comment that went public. A few hours after Farrah Fawcett died, which was a few hours before Michael Jackson died, Moran added his thoughts about Fawcett’s cause of her death in a network wide email thread.