Fox News falsely suggested that President Obama met with a pirate yesterday even though he doesn’t have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In fact, Netanyahu has said that Obama has met with him more than “any other leader in the world.” And the picture Fox showed to suggest that Obama was meeting with a pirate was actually taken in May 2009 for use during that year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
On Wednesday, which was Talk Like a Pirate Day, the staff that runs Obama’s campaign Twitter feed sent out a tweet featuring a photo of Obama sitting down with a pirate. This morning, the photo was at the top of the Drudge Report, with the headline “But No Time For Netanyahu…”:
Fox & Friends fell for Drudge’s misleading framing. This morning, the show displayed the picture and featured the caption: “TOO BUSY FOR ISRAEL: President finds time for pirate, Letterman.” Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy characterized the picture as “a quick look at what President Obama has been up to.” Doocy added: “Here he is, sitting down with a pirate, making sure he didn’t forget to mark International Talk Like A Pirate Day.”
But the photo was taken May 8, 2009, and can be seen on the White House’s flickr account.