Fox News anchor Steve Doocy drew some unwanted attention yesterday for appearing to misquote President Obama during an interview with Mitt Romney. As we noted, by adding “unlike some people” to the start of the quote “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” he appeared to be shifting its focus away from himself and towards someone else, specifically Romney.
As expected, this morning Doocy clarified the remarks on-air:
“Last week President Obama talked about not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. That was interpreted as being a big dig against Mitt Romney. When I was interviewing Governor Romney on this show I asked him about it, however I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the President. So to be clear, the President’s exact quote was, ‘I Wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,’ and I hope that clears up any confusion.”
Doocy stood by the interpretation that the original quote was a dig at Romney, while also acknowledging that the quote he used in his question was not accurate. At least there was an on-air clarification, which is more than you can say for most TV news outlets.