September 16th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Blogger: 'CNN Confirms: I am a dumba–"

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(CNN) – An Ohio blogger is eating his words after a CNN fact check revealed his assertions that an Ohio gubernatorial candidate made up a story were completely false.

Anthony Fossaceca, a blogger for, lambasted Kasich's closing statement in Tuesday's Ohio Governor debate as "the lamest, most cliche closing in debate history."

Kasich told a story about running into a couple at a Bob Evans restaurant who were going over their household budget.

"I said what's – what are you doing there. They said, well my job was downgraded. The lady said my job was downgraded. We're sitting here working on the family budget. We're trying to figure out how to make it work," Kasich recounted in his statement.

In a post entitled "BREAKING: Desperate Kasich Invokes Bob Evans as Debate Opportunity Slips Away", Fosaceca surmised that the entire tale was false.

"Like much of tonight's debate, the words coming out of John Kasich's mouth were fiction. ...(In fact, someone please send me a photo of the Ohio couple in the Bob Evans with the napkin and I'll personally apologize to Congressman Kasich the next time I'm at his country club)," Fosaceca wrote.

But it turns out Fosaceca's fabrication accusation was itself less than true. Kasich was in fact at the Bob Evans. And his encounter with the cash-strapped couple just happened to be captured by CNN cameras.

CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King interviewed Kasich last week during the John King, USA Election Road Trip to Ohio.

So, JKUSA aired the footage of Kasich and the couple in the diner on Wednesday, prompting Fossaceca's modifier-laced post, 'CNN Confirms: I am a Dumbass'.

"After a year or so of listening to one story after another coming out of John Kasich's mouth, you can't blame me for being cynical or suspect of everything this guy says. He was a Wall Street insider for crying out loud. But this time (while he obviously distorted and enhanced his story a bit -and CNN points that out as well) he was still more-or-less repeating something that kind of actually happened. For that, he gets a one day pass here at OhioDaily."

"[Kasich] will get a personal apology from me. At his country club. The next time I'm there. (I'll wait quietly for the invitation and the guest pass)," he added.

Kasich, a former Congressman, is running to unseat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.

Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • John Kasich • John King USA • Ohio
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. jim

    John Kasich wiil be a good person to represent the people of Ohio as their next governor.

    September 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    Left wing loons... nothing but liars. A very sad and pathetic bunch.

    September 16, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. E M Grebe

    If the couple is so cash strapped, why are they eating out?!!!

    September 16, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. LouAz

    WOW ! That is the kind of hard hitting deeply researched reporting that will make all the difference to voters everywhere on election day !
    Thanks CNN.

    September 16, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Crow

    How does that crow taste? need a little salt and pepper?Hehehe

    September 16, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. carlos

    kasich is wall street, what else is there to be said, vote for a clearer and respectful person NOT a repugnant

    September 16, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. obama victim

    didn't we already know that liberals are dumb-es??

    September 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Laura, Boston

    I am sure Fosaceca has heard the saying, "think before you speak".

    I bet he might do that going forward because it really isn't cool calling someone a liar in affect when they were telling the truth and can be backed up by the MSM...

    I wouldn't wait to apologize, I would ask John King to allow me some air time and apologize right on would be the classy thing to do.

    September 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. barry

    Yet another dumba$$ liberal who is all about attacking Republicans when they don't know their a$$ from a hole in the ground. What an idiot. November referendum can't come soon enough.

    September 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Charles W. Skinner

    Yeah, well we all already knew that Anthony Fossaceca was a dumbass, as he apparently can't see beyond the partisan hack that he is. He tries so hard to make us believe that he has a shred of credibility, but all he does is repeat the tired, old Liberal line that "Wall Street insiders are bad" and anyone who makes money is "rich."

    Get a life Fossaceca. We see through your Marxist-socialist horse-droppings. Go sit in the corner quietly for the rest of the campaign season, and maybe you can try again in 2 years.

    September 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Dave

    Fine the blogger and call it a day. We hold everyone responsible for reckless accusations, democrats and republicans alike

    September 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "(while he obviously distorted and enhanced his story a bit -and CNN points that out as well)"

    Looks like Kasich's hands weren't clean either. I'd call it a wash.

    September 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. lil

    Wow why dont you fact check some of the things that the republican say about the president.

    September 16, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Frank

    What is this "blogging" crap? Nobody called all the stuff that people posted on web sites in the mid-90s "blogging", and certainly nobody called it "news" or considered people (like myself) who were posting stuff to their own web sites to be "journalists". Why would CNN care about a political rant that someone in Ohio posted to their web page? If CNN cares about political rants, then why isn't it covering the hundreds of thousands of people who want Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld jailed for war crimes?

    September 16, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Nellie Bly

    Be sure to take your shoe off before you stick your foot in your mouth. It will fit better.

    –If their jobs have been downgraded, why are they eating out?

    September 16, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. DMS

    this is why I don't read blogs...they are all dumb***es.

    September 16, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Dorkus Maximus

    Now, whether the couple at the Bob Evans was really planted there by the Kasich campaign is another story....

    September 16, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. tef59

    Wow, that ought to make JK (otherwise known as FOX News's representative at CNN) happy.

    September 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Gwen

    John Kasich is a typical politician all talk no solutions. This guy and his rich buddies are the reason our economy is in the mess its in!! He voted several times to outsource Ohio jobs!! Anyone who brags that he will balance the budget – like its never been done – its a state law, every governor has balanced the budget – but how you going to balance the budget john, oh yeah, first it was cut all state income taxes but he found out that would be impossible – he wants to cut student loans for kids, of course his kids and his country club friends kids don't have to worry, he wants to cut funds to public schools, his kids go to rich kid private schools – any middle class, working ohio voter who votes for this guy should have his head examined!!!!

    September 16, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Broom

    He said it and it was true. Anthony Fossaceca is a dumba_. Typical liberal blogger with no integrity lying to try to get a Repblican.

    September 16, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |