Obama, terrorists and Tea Partyers: Fantasy version

(Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press)

A new truth-teller has emerged on some political Web sites. According to the National Report, this figure is a journalist who pressed President Obama at a stop on his Africa trip:

AP reporter Ramona Darlington, who attended the conference asked President Obama to explain what the profile of an American domestic terrorists is? Obama responded by saying, “Typically domestic terrorists in the U.S. are people who cling to obsolete beliefs from the time of the American Revolution. They are conservative Christians, reactionary Republicans and conspiracy theorists many of whom belong to racist hate groups.”

“Tea Partiers commonly own guns and stock up ammunition and food in anticipation of starting another civil war to overthrow the will of the governing body who represent all of the American people. We are prepared for any contingency and don’t expect to see any kind of large insurrection. Americans are capitalists who are much more interested in seeing America move forward. These terrorists groups are small in size and really present little danger,” the President added.

Not far below these explosive quotes is this passage:

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That’s one disclaimer that should be heeded very carefully: The Associated Press employs no reporter named Ramona Darlington, according to AP spokesman Paul Colford. “Regrettably, this happens from time to time,” says Colford. “In this particular case, there is no AP reporter named Ramona Darlington, this is not an AP story and as best as I can tell, a few people have been had.”

Those who have seen fit to traffic in the “reporting” of “AP Reporter Ramona Darlington” can be found here and here and here, at least. The “Ramona Darlington” thing has already gone international, says Colford, noting that a blogger in Germany inquired as to whether this story was authentic.

The AP is playing a bit of defense against the story, as Colford has taken to posting rebuttals in comments sections. On this Facebook post, for example, Colford dropped this comment:

AP employs no one named Ramona Darlington. You are citing a bogus story that someone has crafted and fraudulently attributed to AP.

Paul Colford
Director of AP Media Relations

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