Times Overdoes It on Huckabee-Obama 'Kenya' Flap, Truncates Quote
But Shear's print story retained the same misleading truncation of quotes as his original online piece, making Huckabee appear more skeptical of Obama's birthplace that he actually is. Here's Shear's version of the radio exchange as it appeared in Wednesday's paper:
Mike Huckabee, the Republican former governor of Arkansas and a possible presidential candidate in 2012, said Monday that he would "love to know more" about where President Obama was born and claimed - falsely - that Mr. Obama was raised in Kenya.Obama was not raised in Kenya but did spend several years as a youth in Indonesia. Huckabee says he mis-spoke.
The comments were prompted by a radio host, Steve Malzberg, who asked Mr. Huckabee: "How come we don't have a health record, we don't have a college record, we don't have a birth certificate - why Mr. Obama did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate?"
Mr. Huckabee said: "I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough."
But Shear left out the end of Malzberg's actual harangue (in bold below), which shows that Huckabee's comment about wishing "to know more" did not immediately follow Malzberg's question about where Obama was born. Here's the full exchange:
MALZBERG: One more for you, well, two more, the second one will be short. Don't you think it's fair also to ask him - I know your stance on this - How come we don't have a health record, we don't have a college record, we don't have a birth cer - why Mr. Obama did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate? It's one thing to say, I've - you've seen it, goodbye. But why go to court and send lawyers to defend against having to show it? Don't you think we deserve to know more about this man?
HUCKABEE: I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American. When he gave the bust [of Winston Churchill] back to the Brits -
Shear himself admitted (in his very last paragraph) that "Huckabee has previously dismissed questions about the authenticity of Mr. Obama's birth records." So why did his story (and the headline to the online version) imply otherwise?