Washington Post Published Critical Opinion About President Obama-Confirmed Authorship! But Inaccurate Attribution!

Washington Post Published Critical Opinion About President Obama-Inaccurate Attribution!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that contains an opinion written by Matt Patterson that was allegedly published in the Washington Post.  The email calls attention to how such criticism of President Obama could come from a newspaper with a reputation for being liberal.  Other versions allege that this article appeared in Newsweek and includes a cover of the magazine that says “Hit the road, Barack. Why we need a new President.”

The Truth:

This is a real article called ” The Affirmative Action President” written by Matt Patterson, which appeared on the conservative opinion web site American Thinker on August 18, 2011.
This article did not appear in the Washington Post and, according to a November 4, 2011 opinion in the Washington Post, Patterson is not employed by the newspaper. The paper had published some of Patterson’s articles in the past, but this article was not one of them.

The Newsweek cover is real but Patterson’s article did not appear in in this edition of Newsweek.
Updated 10/28/12