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RUSH: Earlier this week our beloved Dear Leader showed up at the American Society of News Editors to make a speech at lunchtime. This was the annual Associated Press luncheon, and Obama shows up and he was introduced by a guy by the name of Dean Singleton. Dean Singleton is the chairman of the Associated Press. What is the Associated Press? The Associated Press is a news wire predominantly. They do have audio networks, radio news networks, and on their websites they have video. But they’re predominantly a wire service.

They are responsible for 90% of the national news that shows up in every newspaper, outside the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times. They’re everywhere. And they want everybody to believe that they’re straight down the middle. That they are uninterested in the outcome of events. That they are just as fair and unbiased and objective as the business model demands and calls for. They are the epitome of journalistic standards. That’s the AP. That’s what they want everybody to believe. I have three sound bites here of Dean Singleton introducing the president of the United States. Here’s the first.

SINGLETON: I asked him a question from the audience related to how he might deal with “Obama” bin Laden, if elected. In his always genteel way, he asked, “Might you be referring to Osama bin Laden?” It was a slip of the tongue heard around the world. Thanks to the delights of our digital age, and YouTube in particular, I won’t soon escape that embarrassing moment, even four years later. But we do have the answer to the question. Today there is no mistaking his name and even I can’t mess it up. It’s Mr. President.

RUSH: And they cheered, and Mr. Singleton continued…

SINGLETON: President Obama made history as the first minority to be elected president. Even many who opposed his election felt proud of our country as he took the oath of office. As president, he inherited the headwinds of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. He pushed through Congress the biggest economic recovery plan in history and led a government reorganization of two of the Big Three auto manufacturers to save them from oblivion. He pursued domestic and foreign policy agendas that were controversial to many, highlighted by a signature into law of the most comprehensive health care legislation in history.

RUSH: Now, you tell me who wrote this for this guy. That sounds like Jay Carney wrote this. It sounds like somebody in the White House wrote this. This is the chairman of the AP introducing Barack Obama to a room full of journalists as a messiah: He overcame such obstacles. He inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression! He saved two automobile companies. He signed the biggest health care reform legislation in the history of the world into law. He’s like our god!

Here’s more from Mr. Singleton…

SINGLETON: While we thought the 2008 White House race was rough and tumble, the 2012 race makes it look like bumper cars by comparison. Our country has become even more polarized. The 1% and the 99% are at each other’s throats. Really, who would want this job in the first place? We’re very honored today to have the man currently holding the office and aspiring for it for another term, and — with apologizes to Al Green — my new favorite singer, ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States of America.

RUSH: And Obama came out and there were cheers and so forth. The only thing missing at the end of the introduction was, “I’m Barack Obama, and I approved this message.” It’s a campaign ad delivered by the chairman of the Associated Press. “I’m Barack Obama. I approve this message.” I air this for you because nobody else is going to air it — I mean, in terms of the networks, you’re not gonna see it anywhere — and just to offer you confirmation of where the media is vis-a-vis Obama and his reelection and basically making the case for him. Whatever they say in the White House is what AP is gonna report. If they want accolades, AP is going to be right there with all the accolades necessary.

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