A few hours ago ABC’s Terry Moran tweeted that Barack Obama, when asked for his opinion on the whole Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident, called Kanye West a “jackass.” This, predictably, inspired quite a bit of chatter online, but then Moran’s tweet mysteriously disappeared from his Twitter page. However, the Twitter archive search function doesn’t remove deleted tweets, so we have Moran’s tweet.
Why Moran deleted his tweet is anyone’s guess, but we’re thinking that maybe Obama’s words weren’t part of an “official” statement and thus not intended for public consumption. Alas, the era in which we live is the era of oversharing where even members of the media can’t seem to control their impulses to blast information to the world that would have been kept private in another time and place. Regardless, here’s what Moran said:
Politico has obtained a statement from ABC on the matter and, just as I suspected, Obama’s “jackass” remark was intended to be off the record:
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.