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Obama Operative Didn't Create Vanishing-Oil Report: AP

Robert Gibbs, Jane Lubchenco

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs provides comic relief as NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco briefs reporters about the vanishing oil from BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster.   Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Charles Dharapak/AP

Sometimes a media outlet's correction is the first time you become aware of an earlier story. This Associated Press correction was that way for me:

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a story Aug. 4, The Associated Press reported that a former campaign spokesman for President Barack Obama created a version of a science report that concluded much of the BP oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico was gone. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a technical glitch wrongly placed the name of the former campaign spokesman as creator of the NOAA science report and that he had no role in its creation.

Wow — who needs political enemies when you've got "technical glitches" like that conspiring to make your administration look cynical?

For the record, the former campaign spokesman whose name, according to NOAA, was mistakenly included as creator of the report sent to Congress was Kevin Griffis, the Commerce Department's public affairs director who was an Obama campaign spokesperson in Virginia.

Good thing that correction was necessary. Otherwise I would have missed that part of the story completely.

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