Drudge posts dubious picture of Obama "laugh" at joke about Limbaugh's kidneys
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Matt Drudge posted a picture of President Obama in a context that suggested that Obama had laughed and pointed at comedian Wanda Sykes after her joke about Rush Limbaugh. However, a video that Drudge linked to of Sykes' remark about Limbaugh does not show Obama pointing at Sykes.
Internet gossip Matt Drudge posted a Reuters picture of President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on May 9 in a context that suggested that Obama had laughed after comedian Wanda Sykes said of Rush Limbaugh: "I hope his kidneys fail." The picture of Obama pointing, presumably at Sykes, and smiling was placed directly above a link saying: "President Laughs at Wanda Sykes Joke about Rush Limbaugh: 'I Hope His Kidneys Fail'..." However, the video that Drudge linked to, which was a C-SPAN clip of Sykes' line about Limbaugh posted on BreitbartTV.com, does not show Obama ever pointing at Sykes. In fact, after reviewing C-SPAN's video of the speech, Media Matters for America found only one instance of Obama pointing at Sykes: after she made a joke about Obama possibly giving the pope "a Bluetooth" as a gift.
Below is a screenshot of Obama's reaction after Sykes joked about Obama giving the Pope "a Bluetooth," from C-SPAN's broadcast of the event: