Misquoting Obama for political gain

Here’s what the President said at Lorain Community College on April 18, 2012.

Investing in a community college, just like investing in a new road or a new highway or broadband lines that go into rural communities, these investments are not part of some grand scheme to redistribute wealth. They’ve been made by Democrats and Republicans for generations because they benefit all of us. That’s what leads to strong, durable economic growth. That’s how America became an economic superpower. That’s how we built the Transcontinental Railroad. That’s why we’ve got the best universities and colleges in the world. That’s why we have cutting-edge research that takes place here, and that then gets translated into new jobs and new businesses, because somebody did the groundwork. We created a foundation for those of us to prosper.

Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance — just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.

Here’s what Fox News’ Steve Doocy reported, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

By inserting just a few words, there is an attempt to turn a speech about opportunity and investment in the middle class into some jab at Mitt Romney. This is sad. A “news” organization should at least get the facts right. Worse, NYT and WaPo passed on this misinformation to their readers without doing the homework necessary to look up the quote. There is no excuse for this kind of lazy reporting. None.