CBS and NBC on Tuesday night reached deep into a Washington Post
story - specifically, the 20th paragraph of a 24-paragraph article - to
pluck out a quote in order to demonstrate a "frustrated" President
Barack Obama has been angry about the gulf oil spill. "A frustrated
President Obama says 'plug the damn hole,'" Katie Couric teased
the top of the CBS Evening News. She soon elaborated:
Frustration over the spill has been simmering for weeks,
even in the Oval Office. We learned today that in the first days of
this crisis an angry President Obama snapped at a meeting, quote: 'Plug
the damn hole.' The President will head to the gulf coast on Friday, his
second visit in about four weeks.
The NBC Nighty News plastered the quote on screen, as Brian Williams
We also learn more today about the President's
frustration. A Washington Post article saying President Obama
bluntly told an aide in the Oval Office: 'Plug the damn hole.' That
hasn't happened yet, but the President is heading back there Friday.