(BUSINESS INSIDER) — At least one prominent fact-checking organization is calling out President Barack Obama for falsely claiming he "wasn't specifically referring to" Islamic State militants when he dismissed them as a "JV" team.
During an interview on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Obama was pressed on the comments, published in a January profile in The New Yorker. In the piece, Obama was asked about the jihadist militants who had just captured Fallujah, Iraq. He replied: "The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant."
Obama told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd that he was speaking broadly at the time and not specifically about the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, that has recently killed two American journalists and is threatening still more violence.
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"Keep in mind I wasn't specifically referring to ISIL. I've said that, regionally, there were a whole series of organizations that were focused primarily locally," Obama said, according to an NBC transcript. "And I was very specific at that time. What I said was, not every regional terrorist organization is automatically a threat to us that would call for a major offensive."