Given the propensity of right wing ideologues on Fox News to check every single word emanating from the White House it is not surprising that Robert Gibbs made clear to reporters the wrong words had been used to describe the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yesterday, the Obama spokesman was guilty of poorspeak when he said “Ahamadinejad was the elected leader of Iran. He has been inaugurated–that’s a fact.” OK, we all knew that fact. Everyone who has a brain in his or her head knows the election was fixed and when Gibbs referred to Ahmadinejad as the leader of Iran it did not suggest President Obama thought the election was fair.
We inhabit the world of political speech correctness. It would be fascinating if the same standards of accuracy applied to Fox News or the erratic verbal meanderings of Lou Dobbs.