4/3/12, "AP President Dean Singleton Slobbers Over Obama in Gushing Speech," NewsBusters, Matthew Sheffield
"Although it doesn't get a lot of attention in the blogosphere, the Associated Press is, quite arguably, the most important news outlet in the world with its content appearing in tens of thousands of newspapers and websites around the world. Judging from a gushing speech by AP president Dean Singleton, the wire service is making no bones about being firmly in the camp of President Obama.
Dean was obsequious in his praise for Obama, telling an audience for the AP's annual luncheon that the president had "pushed through Congress the biggest economic recovery plan in history and led a government reorganization of two of the Big Three American auto manufacturers to save them from oblivion."
Never mind that the "recovery plan" has produced the worst post-recession economic growth in history and that GM and Chrysler could easily have been reconstituted had normal bankruptcy procedures been followed, that was far from the only fulsome praise that Singleton had for Obama. As Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt noted, the former newspaper magnate was beside himself, acting like a "newshound in heat."
"But for the assembled "news" hounds — the most vaunted gathering of news executives from around the country — it was all very serious swooning. They were like a bunch of dogs in heat.
Dean Singleton, chairman of the AP board, introduced Mr. Obama. No, actually, it was more like he proposed to him. Sang him an icky love song in which he reminisced about all their hot dates and then pledged his undying love forever.
The only way you know that the White House didn't actually write the introduction as they often do when the president speaks is simply that Mr. Singleton's Valentine essay was so over-the-top fawning that even they were probably embarrassed — if that is possible.
He began by sweetly recalling their first encounter, when Mr. Obama was just a junior senator and invited to the august luncheon to share "his vision for America." Mr. Singleton recalled their first lover's quarrel over mispronouncing Mr. Obama's name and "his genteel way" of correcting him.
"Today," he continued, "There is no mistaking his name and even I can't mess up: It is Mr. President!""
- Marilyn Monroe never uttered the word so lustily.
In addition to gushing over Obama's policy agenda, Singleton was quick to defend the president using typical liberal boilerplate saying how he "inherited the headwinds of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression" and in such difficult straits, "who would want this job in the first place?" He also threw in an obligatory line about how American politics is "polarized," not bothering to mention that Obama's perpetually petty and vicious attacks on those who disagree have certainly been the source of much such divisiveness.
Video of Singleton's speech is below:...
The full transcript of Singleton's remarks follows, as transcribed by the MRC's Scott Whitlock:"...
AP 'chief' "has man-crush on Obama."
4/4/12, "AP Chairman Gushes Over Obama, Slams GOP," Breibart, Big Journalism, John Nolte
"The Associated Press is one of the most influential news outlets out there and one of the most biased....AP Chairman Dean Singleton making no secret of his man-crush on Obama or his failed policies.
Just the fact that Singleton says, Obama "inherited the headwinds of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression" tells you where all narratives will lead in 2012."