The "Silver Spoon" Misquote: Fox Pushes Blog Fabrication Into Mainstream Press
On the April 19 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy said  to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney: "Speaking of rhetoric, [President Obama] had some fiery rhetoric pointed at you yesterday. He said unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
But that's not what Obama said. As Newshounds  and Talking Points Memo  note, in his April 18 speech , Obama did not preface his "silver spoon" remark with the words "unlike some people" [9:00]:
OBAMA: That's why we've got the best universities and colleges in the world. That's why we have cutting-edge research that takes place here, and that then gets translated into new jobs and new businesses, because somebody did the groundwork. We created a foundation for those of us to prosper. Somebody gave me an education. I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn't. But somebody gave us a chance, just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.
As TPM points out, Obama has used similar "silver spoon" constructions since at least March 2009 , suggesting that the comments were not "pointed at" Romney.
Doocy appears to have taken his misquote of Obama from a Hot Air blog post  that appeared the previous day, which carries the headline "Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
Since then, the misquote has spread to the mainstream press. A Washington Post blog post  by Philip Rucker reporting on Romney's Fox & Friends interview falsely puts "unlike some people" in quotes - even while linking to the Post's own report  on the speech, which does not include those words. A New York Post editorial  and blogs like Instapundit  have also repeated the misquote.
This isn't the first time Fox News has promoted a misquote; last year, for instance, Fox ran with a fabricated quote  of Teamsters president James Hoffa to accuse him of inciting violence against conservatives. And in 2010, Doocy made a similar mistake  of apparently believing what he had read on a blog by suggesting that Obama was lying about Hawaii being struck by an earthquake in 2006.