On his trip to in Beijing, President Obama was asked the following:
Right before you left for this trip in Asia, you announced that you were going to convene a jobs summit. This smacks of one of those classic Washington answers to a tough problem: convene a commission, convene a summit. How is this going to create a job?
The President answered that the simple convening of a summit was not the goal, that it was all about small and medium sized business job growth:
Well, that’s not the goal. We’re doing all kinds of things to make sure that employment is accelerated. Our first job was to make sure that economic growth was happening — and we’re starting to see that now. As I said even when we first passed the stimulus package, job growth tends to lag, it tends to happen after. So what we’re seeing now is businesses are starting to invest again, they’re starting to be profitable again, but they haven’t started hiring again.
Here’s how the Associated Press reported this exchange:
Obama: Job Creation Not Goal of Dec. 3 Jobs Forum
President Barack Obama says creating jobs isn’t the goal of a coming White House forum on jobs and economic growth.
There is really no explanation for this twisting of the facts. It is the journalistic equivalent of a lie, done intentionally to hurt Obama, to leave the impression that Obama doesn’t want to create American jobs, precisely the opposite of what Obama said.
This is the Associated Press, and I know many of their reporters to be among the hardest working and most professional in the business. I don’t know who the reporter and/or desk person was on this outrage, but I don’t want the entire AP besmirched. The AP owes their own honest, hardworking journalists and the public more than a correction. They owe an apology.
I really don’t like the cavalier way some in journalism are trashing the credibility of the profession. A free press is far too critical to democracy to be treated this way. Too many committed journalists have worked too long at too little pay to have their profession harmed from within. Partisans too often hurl undeserved charges of bias at the press. This is the kind of malpractice that leads to partisan beliefs that the press is out to get them.