ABC Correspondent Blogs on Obama Lie

Jake Tapper busted the president for lying to the American people, an event that only happens on days when he speaks publicly. The deception was on Wednesday, regarding his birth certificate, when he was having dueling press conferences with Donald Trump.

The president said he was prompted to act “two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate. And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.”

Once again, the guy we hired to tell us the truth, to offer transparency, to change the way Washington does business, was attempting to trick us.

According to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalismthat week the dominant news story was without question the economy.

According to Pew’s PEJ: “Hardly dipping from the previous week’s level of 40%, news about the economy was the top story in all media sectors studied, from cable TV to the Internet. And the particularly high level of coverage in cable (53%) and radio (52%), two politics-heavy platforms, indicated just how politically loaded the debate about federal spending was.

The president was the number one newsmaker of the week, something that doesn't always happen, and Donald Trump was number 4.

“At No. 4 was Donald Trump, whose potential candidacy got a boost from his perseverance in insisting there were troubling questions to be answered about Obama’s citizenship.”

A very cynical president is about nothing other than reelection. Jake's reporting didn't make the evening newscast.