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Do you think it was Childish of Obama to call out FOX NEWS?

Drue-AFCL 2013/01/29 21:20:53
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In a new interview, Obama characterized the partisan anger on TV as a big obstacle to moving forward with his agenda -- calling out hosts by name.

President Barack Obama may be dismissive of cable news channels' journalistic integrity, but he's well aware of the partisan-leaning networks' power.

In a new interview with The New Republic, Obama laments the power that right-affiliated news channels and conservative radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh have on both public opinion and the lawmakers in Washington, instilling fear of crossing their hard-line demands. Issues such as gun control, health care and environmental reforms have hit snags in recent years due at least in part to media influence.

In discussing the chances that he'll be able to strike bipartisan compromise on major issues in his second term, Obama said, "One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it."

Obama pinpointed one example, which was a recent partisan response to a nonpartisan situation.

"Even on issues like the response to Hurricane Sandy, [NJ Governor] Chris Christie was getting hammered by certain members of his own party and media outlets for cooperating with me to respond to his constituents," he said.

The president's antipathy toward cable news outlets is not new. In a long cover story for Vanity Fair published in October, Michael Lewis recounted how Obama walked into a room that was playing one of the networks, then quickly dismissed its analysis of why he took a certain action.

Later, in an interview with NPR, Lewis described Obama's attitude toward cable news outlets in bruising terms.

"He's already, for example, decided that nothing on cable news is worth listening to," Lewis explained. "He doesn't watch it. He thinks it's totally toxic, like it affects your brain, and he won't turn on the TV. But he does read the newspapers."

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  • yogiOK 2013/01/29 22:00:31
    YES
    yogiOK
    +13
    He needs to see a real balance of American perspective, but he refuses to see anything outside of his own ideas.

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  • JET 2013/02/10 16:22:31
    YES
    JET
    +1
    But he's just doing what he does best, not telling the truth. His ire only applies to conservatives, they are the flies in his ointment.
  • Quazimoto 2013/02/08 13:54:01
    YES
    Quazimoto
    +1
    Yes I think it was childish, but I expect no less from a narcissistic person who thinks he is King instead of President.
  • Frank 2013/02/05 21:08:48
    YES
    Frank
    +1
    Dictators don't like to be challenged or contridicted about anything, even if it violates the Constituion, a law, or any statement the dictator may have made...
  • plowboy 2013/02/01 14:50:12
  • Mark 2013/02/01 03:33:37
    NO
    Mark
    FOX News is 1 of the worst forms of state-controlled media in America .
  • Drue-AFCL Mark 2013/02/05 21:04:35
    Drue-AFCL
    +1
    You are too funny. Are you a comedian? LOL

    laughing
  • Frank Mark 2013/02/05 21:06:47
    Frank
    Are you serious, state controlled?????
  • kitkat42 2013/02/01 01:16:08
    NO
    kitkat42
    What goes around, comes around.
  • Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/31 17:37:30
  • antiteaparty 2013/01/31 15:17:59
    NO
    antiteaparty
    +1
    Fox New is one of the biggest problems this country has faced with it's bigotry, lies and hate mongering. It has lead a bunch of dumbasses for years but the clock is ticking on it as the ratings are plunging.

    The party they embrace is getting feed up with them and their stupidity. Soon they will be the fringe of the fringe and Obama said nothing that we sane people didn't already know...
  • Bastion 2013/01/31 14:29:43
    NO
    Bastion
    +2
    Fox News has been a lie machine poisoning American media for more than a decade.

    America should have a law like Canada's, not allowing lies in the form of "news" on the air.

    The President should BASH Fox News any chance he gets. They are an abomination to journalism.
  • Heptarch 2013/01/31 07:20:17
    NO
    Heptarch
    +2
    Not at all. It's entirely reasonable to call out a media outlet that is damaging the political discourse of this country.
  • Guru_T_Firefly 2013/01/31 06:32:48
    NO
    Guru_T_Firefly
    +3
    Faux News totally had it coming. I think he was being overly-lenient.
  • Augure3VI 2013/01/31 06:22:51
  • Lorelei 2013/01/31 04:34:45
    YES
    Lorelei
    +2
    Very unpresidential. Hardly surprising though.
  • Magus BN-0 2013/01/31 03:49:24
    NO
    Magus BN-0
    +6
    What's childish is for Fox "News" to whine about getting called on their lies.
  • Andrew 2013/01/31 02:38:11
    YES
    Andrew
    +2
    Real childish. Obama is a crybaby.
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2013/01/31 02:37:52
    YES
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +2
    He is scard of Foxnews. scard  obama
  • harry abram 2013/01/31 00:06:21
    YES
    harry abram
    +2
    The media has widely sheltered this president from any criticism. President Obama is very much protected from the national media but not by Fox News. It is very unhealthy for a president to not be able to tolerate occasional criticism when he is so widely protected. It would appear that he would prefer to operate almost like a dictator, free of any criticism. However, America does not function this way because the public is entitled to be aware of all sides of any issue. In my opinion, this President does not represent the conservative voices in the American public. He is the President for those with very liberal ideas and he is not the President of all of the people which is a very unfortunate commentary about his presidency.
  • HOMBRE 2013/01/30 23:05:37
  • YCare 2013/01/30 22:59:31
    YES
    YCare
    +1
    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT.....but he was also telling all his supporters to do the same.....He is building an army of immigrants and he wants them to support him once he gives them citizenship , it is over.....he never has liked anyone to ask him anything. He likes to just do things his way.. that is why he is upset that state reps don't do what he says about gun laws. but they don't have to by law.. someone needs to smack him. He isn't god or above and definately not a king. Maybe King AHOLE.
  • silentart 2013/01/30 22:04:01
    YES
    silentart
    +2
    Hey Obama, quit whining... All news channels are our ear and eye to protect our rights to know what's going in D.C.
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/30 21:44:03
  • Drue-AFCL Mj PINK... 2013/01/30 22:03:38
    Drue-AFCL
    +1
    Are you refering to Obama? He loves the Bible. He is a Christian. . . . He said so himself!!! LOL
  • Mj PINK... Drue-AFCL 2013/01/30 22:06:42
  • Sweet-N-Sour 2013/01/30 20:51:21
    YES
    Sweet-N-Sour
    +2
    I would expect nothing less from this whining, blame shifting troll.
  • Moneyman 2013/01/30 19:28:13
    YES
    Moneyman
    +3
    But what else are you going to do when you are sitting for an interview with one of your campaign donor's "media" outlets?
  • Racefish 2013/01/30 19:06:39
    YES
    Racefish
    +3
    But then he's never really grown up.
  • Simone Seitz 2013/01/30 18:38:44
    YES
    Simone Seitz
    +3
    WE, conservatives, have ONE station. ONE. LEAVE IT ALONE.
  • Heptarch Simone ... 2013/01/31 07:22:24
    Heptarch
    +2
    At least you realize that Fox "News" is nothing more than Conservative propaganda. That's a start.
  • lipton7.62 2013/01/30 18:08:45
  • Sweet-N... lipton7.62 2013/01/30 20:49:11
    Sweet-N-Sour
    +1
    HA! Now we just need a picture showing his insides so we can tell just how thin his skin is!
  • Swampdog PWCM 2013/01/30 18:05:12
    YES
    Swampdog PWCM
    +3
    What do you expect from the most immature president in our history.
  • Old Timer 2013/01/30 17:52:53
    YES
    Old Timer
    +2
    He needs to sit down to a QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION with somebody that will ask him the REAL QUESTIONS that the AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT ANSWERS TO.
  • Maj. C. D. Hardy 2013/01/30 17:00:08
  • none 2013/01/30 13:54:11
    YES
    none
    +3
    For anyone who hasn't noticed Obama is a whining crybaby when he doesn't get his own way, he's criticized, or the truth about him is told. He hates Fox because it's the only new network that isn't kissing his ass in public.
  • RobertChristopherLaity 2013/01/30 13:37:59
    YES
    RobertChristopherLaity
    +3
    Obama is Immature.Wants everything his way. Trouble is that NO one "punishes" any Democrat for anything. Obama is a Traitor,fraud and Spy. Punish HIM. the GOP does not need RINOS.
  • Rebel [SHP] 2013/01/30 13:21:32
    YES
    Rebel [SHP]
    +3
    Childish doesn't even describe it. It's time he started acting like the President. Taking away rights and demonizing the free press is not characteristics he should be embracing.
  • Don 2013/01/30 11:46:14
    YES
    Don
    +3
    Yes. He acts like a spoiled punk if he gets any criticism.
    He's not a leader. He's incapable of compromise.
  • Drue-AFCL Don 2013/01/30 17:56:31
    Drue-AFCL
    +1
    Considering his awful actions. . . .you would think he would be used to and expect to be criticized.

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