May 23, 2013
AP Writer Razzed, Praised for Obama Speech Analysis
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
Was he tone-deaf or spot-on? Or, worse, did AP writer Charles Babington prepare his reaction to Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech not by listening to the address but by reading the transcript before Obama actually delivered it? And just who is this Charles Babington anyway? These questions and more were bandied about on various outlets and blogs over the ensuing hours after Babington’s review hit the news wires to be picked up by newspapers around the country.
First, here’s Babington’s story:
Now, let’s take a look at the Babington Effect on the blogosphere and the, uh ... newsosphere:
1) As Indecision 2008 writer Dylan Ris notes, Babington wasn’t exactly preaching to the choir when it came to some of Obama’s potential critics: conservatives. After all, even right-wing papa bear Pat Buchanan was a fan of the Obama speech!
2) CBS’ Steve Benen has some tough love for the AP.
3) Gawker offers one possible explanation: Babington didn’t see the same speech the rest of the country did.
4) A roundup in USNews.com on Friday makes the case that praise of Obama’s speech was bipartisan.
6) Meanwhile, Fox News managed to make a pop culture reference from within the last 30 years in an article supporting Babington’s report.
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