ABC Moran's Premature Tweet: Did Obama Call Kanye a Jackass?
(UPDATED: now, with audio AND video. See below.)
It's all a question of tweeting prematurely.
Did ABC's @TerryMoran dash off a tweet into the Twittersphere quoting US President Barack Obama calling Kanye West a jackass?
The tweet has since disappeared, and ABC has issued an apology for the Nightline co-anchor's disclosure of what was apparently an off-the-record comment by Obama during an interview that had not yet been edited.
It raises questions about journalists and media accounts shooting from the hip on the microblogosphere.
The comments from the president were reportedly made off-the-record during an interview with CNBC, who objected to the tweet.
Politico was first to report ABC's apology, quoting an ABC spokesperson as stating that Moran had tweeted "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 will not happen again." CNBC and the White House have not yet commented on the slip of the tweet.
More and more journalists are breaking news and leaking information on Twitter before it goes to the rest of the universe. ABC's Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper's (@jaketapper) late night tweet on Bill Clinton's departure to North Korea to try to gain the release of the two American journalists was the first word most media outlets had of the surprise trip by the former president.
Moran has not tweeted since. It was his first tweet since September 10th, when he commented on Congressman Joe Wilson heckling President Obama during his health-care speech.
The premature tweet from ABC's Terry Moran @TerryMoran that set the Twittersphere aflame late Monday night. Although it has disappeared from the official Twitter stream, it can still be accessed on search.
UPDATE: TMZ has obtained an audio clip, here.