ABC News reporter Terry Moran set Twitter afire Monday with a bit of inside reporting on an interview that took place on another network: President Obama, Moran revealed on his Twitter feed, had referred to Kanye West a "jackass."
"Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jackass' for his outburst at the VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT's presidential," Moran wrote at 6:39 p.m. yesterday
. The quote quickly spread across the social networking site until CNBC, whose reporter had been interviewing Obama when he made the comment, objected that it had come during an off-the-record portion of the interview. Moran deleted his tweet within an hour after posting it, and ABC released a statement apologizing for the "premature" report.
"In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again."
As of Tuesday morning, the White House had made no comment on the situation.
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