As the post originally appeared March 24:
HEADLINE: Today’s Top Suck up . . .
Is ABC’s Jake Tapper, who said during the White House “gaggle” this morning with Press Secretary Jay Carney . . .
“First of all, we missed you, Jay. Welcome back.”
So sweeeet. And BTW, Mr. Carney, sir, can you give me a good story?
CORRECTION: Jake contacted me to inform me that both POLITICO, which ran the quote above, and the White House transcript of the gaggle, which said the same thing, are wrong. Apparently the mix up stemmed from Carney saying “we missed you Jake,” to which Jake responded, “Welcome back.” The names “Jay” and “Jake” sound a lot alike. I am satisfied that Jake did not say “we missed you, Jay,” and so I am correcting the record.
Jake suggested that I should have contacted him. I meant this piece mostly in fun, which is why I didn’t. But given the viral nature of the Internet and news today, and the prospect that mild statements can be blown way out of proportion, something like this could harm his reputation. Furthermore, Jake is not a public servant, who are more open to lampooning of this type without need for comment.
So he is right, I should have contacted him, and I apologize to him for not doing so. He did not ask for an apology, but I think it’s warranted.
This article was originally published March 24, 2011.