Fox News / The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post has apologized to Andrew Breitbart for a story that accused him of doctoring a video to stir a “false controversy” over a CBS reporter’s question in a White House press briefing. Breitbart posted a video in which reporter Norah O’Donnell asked Press Secretary Jay Carney, “Democrats are saying, ‘You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing.’ “ The Huffington story suggested that Breitbart had altered the video to make it seem as though O’Donnell was describing her opinion, not Democrats’. The Huffington Post removed the story and redirected traffic to an editor’s note after Breitbart complained.
The error may be the result of “aggregation telephone.” The Breitbart video was not doctored, but the headline says, “CBS NEWS’ NORAH O’DONNELL: ‘WHERE ARE THE TAX REVENUES?’, ‘WE GOT NOTHING’” and it’s hard to hear the beginning of the quote in the video. Other websites, including The National Review and Commentary, went with that meme. Meanwhile, The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait says he was unfairly fingered by the Fox News story as being the culprit of the misinformation, but he got the quotation right.