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How Dare You Question the President’s Love of Shooting

CNN’s Erin Burnett had the temerity to question whether or not President Obama actually shoots skeet.

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.

During a segment on Monday night, Burnett took over two minutes to dissect the president’s shooting claim — and she found it wanting.

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

She then played the clip of CNN’s Jessica Yellin confronting Press Secretary Jay Carney on the comments, repeatedly asking if a picture of the activity existed and why no one had ever heard of him doing it before.

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher was so upset with Burnett’s allegations that he demanded an apology:

Yellin at least has the defense that it’s her job to “just ask questions” (although repeated requests for photographic evidence wouldn’t fly if the subject were, say, the state of the President’s marriage), but Burnett clearly speculated, without any evidence, that President Obama lied. Such speculation is to be expected from a deranged partisan, but not from a journalist. She owes him an apology.

Christopher’s thinly veiled reasoning for question the president? As always, racism:

Here’s an exit question for the likes of Burnett, Yellin, and Bolling: Why aren’t any of them, or anyone at all, asking for photographic evidence that Vice President Joe Biden, who also recently came out as a skeet-shooter, has skeet-shooted? Curious, indeed.

I can’t wait to see if the president shoots as well as he bowls.

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