(POLITICO) The Montana Independent Record disciplined a copy editor for changing a line in an Associated Press story to read “Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.”
The change appeared in the Sunday edition of the Helena newspaper in an AP story about President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia. The line in the Independent Record read: “The Asia trip underscores Obama’s efforts to establish the United states as an Asia-Pacific power, a worldview defined by 21st century geopolitics but also by Obama’s personal identity as America’s first Pacific president. Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.”
Retired AP staffer Tom Laceky, who worked in the Helena bureau for 28 years, pointed out the addition of “allegedly” in a letter to the editor on Tuesday.