‘Fox and Friends’ corrects claim about Obama’s pirate meeting (well, sort of)

“Fox and Friends” on Thursday used the Obama and pirate shot on the right to show that the president is more interested in meeting with a pirate than in conducting foreign policy.

The AP’s David Bauder reports:

Over an on-screen graphic that said “Arrrgh You Kidding?”, Fox ran the picture Thursday morning with host Brian Kilmeade saying, “The White House doesn’t have the time to meet with the prime minister of Israel, but this pirate got a sit-down in the Oval Office yesterday.”

Later, with “yo-ho-ho” music in the background, Fox showed the picture as its “Shot of the Morning,” with host Steve Doocy saying, “Here’s a quick look at what President Obama is up to, making sure he didn’t forget to mark International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Bauder explains the photo: “It was taken as a punch line for a joke Obama delivered to the White House Correspondents Association dinner in 2009 about the administration talking to enemies as well as friends.”

For me, the best part of waking up isn’t Folger’s in my cup; it’s reading Paula Froelich’s tweets about “Fox and Friends.” This morning she told her followers: “No on air apology for the #Obama Pirate headline story of yesterday but im hopeful! @foxandfriends (who am i kidding).”

UPDATE: Mark Knoller wrote on May 12, 2009, in a piece headlined, “White House Back-Story: The President and the Pirate”:

The White House needed a pirate, and it turned to speechwriter Cody Keenan. It was a role not exactly in his job description.

He was “more than game,” said an official familiar with the shenanigans, “as long as the costume was legit.”

Fellow speechwriter Jon Lovett called costume shops all over town until he found the costume in the picture. “The President loved it,” said the official.

* Joke photo on Fox suggests Obama met with a pirate (AP via yahoo.com)
* Drudge also jumped on Fox’s pirate-meeting report (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* “AAAARGGH! @foxandfriends #Obama w pirate pic – three years old!” (@pfro)


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