Newsflash: CNN Journalist Erin Burnett Does Her Job, Calls Obama Out on ‘Skeet-Shooting’

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Ahh journalism. It may not be the most important bone of contention, but the president recently implied he is a ‘skeet shooter.’ It is well-known that he is not a big fan of Camp David and is a rather avid golfer. Not to mention that it is difficult imagining the president shooting a rifle (or in this case a shotgun), say, more accurately than he bowls or throws a baseball. So one wonders if the president was merely shooting off his mouth.

President Obama’s bizarre claim occasioned a feisty retort from Erin Burnett of CNN. During a segment that aired on the network Monday night, Burnett questioned the president’s skeet-shooting claim, which she found dubious.

“Obama the skeet shooter,” she said. “Yeah, I’m not making this up. I mean, if someone is, it isn’t me.”

She played a clip of CNN’s Jessica Yellin asking Press Secretary Jay Carney to produce a picture of the president shooting clay pigeons. Of course, the picture has not been photoshopped — yet.

Jonathan Seidl of The Blaze made an amusing comment about such skeet-shooting conspiracy theorists:

If there are truthers and birthers, should there now be a new term for those who are doubting President Obama’s claim that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”? And should that term be “skeeters”? If so, count CNN’s rising young star Erin Burnett among the gadflies.

This is not the first-time the CNBC defector has launched into the president. On a more important issue, Burnett took the president to task for his warmed-over jobs plan, which was unveiled weeks before the November election.

CNN has its ups and downs, but on most issues it’s not as slyly partisan as the broadcast networks. It is without a doubt a more critical source than the virtual laughing stock of cable news — MSNBC.

UPDATE:

According to Fox News:

This has only happened with the president at Camp David, at most, a couple of times, according to a source who says he has been to the retreat on a half-dozen visits with Obama.

“The only time he shot skeet was for President’s Cup,” said the source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. “I was there. He stayed for about five minutes, and couldn’t leave fast enough.”

Skeet shooting “is very hard,” said the source. “Especially for someone not used to guns … He couldn’t have been more uncomfortable.”

The source said a friend of his recalled Obama skeet shooting one other time at Camp David — very early on in his first term.

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