Having had to deal with the Thomas Eagleton veep freakout last week and his own Kerry in the bunnysuit moment yesterday, it’s time for Mr. Obama to commit 2012’s equivalent of the Dan Quayle “Potatoe” gaffe today:
Naturally, the Washington Post rushed to defend their candidate’s gaffe, as Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner notes:
An embarrassing photo of President Obama trying to spell Ohio with a group of students was snagged by Buzzfeed this afternoon, as Zeke Miller posted two different photos of the incident on their website.
Many Romney supporters quickly tweeted the photo, joking that the President didn’t know how to spell Ohio.
The Washington Post quickly posted a defense of the president claiming that the erroneous photo had been photoshopped. They also believed that they had caught Mitt Romney Ohio spokesman Christopher Maloney for erroneously tweeting the photo.
It got worse from there, before the Post finally backed off the ledge. As John Podhoretz tweets, “The correction at the bottom is a primer in media bias.”
Whatever happens in November, I wonder if we’ll be seeing an article from the Post’s current ombudsman admitting how deeply in the tank they were this second time around, as then-0mbudsperson Deborah Howell admitted in November of 2008:
I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for Obama. I did. There are centrists at The Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.
And who can blame them, considering how poisonous the culture in the “news” room must have been back then?
Update: From Twitchy, “Bias: WaPo ‘real reporters’ falsely claim Obama ‘O-I-H-O’ pic was photoshopped.”