Thursday, September 30, 2010

Obama: FOX News and MSNBC

Obama is trying to reconnect with Americans.

So, Obama does an interview with Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone.

Naturally, Obama slams FOX News as "destructive."

JANN WENNER: What do you think of Fox News? Do you think it's a good institution for America and for democracy?

OBAMA: [Laughs] Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We've got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated. The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It's a point of view that I disagree with. It's a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it's been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it's that Fox is very successful.

FOX News is destroying the country, but the White House finds MSNBC to be providing an "invaluable service."

CNN's John King had some fun pointing out the ridiculousness of Obama's demonization of FOX and his hypocrisy.

JOHN KING, HOST: Sometimes you feel sad to be left out of a big debate. This is not one of those sometimes. In an interview with "Rolling Stone," President Obama voiced the opinion that Fox News is a "destructive" force in our society. On the other hand, the left hand in this case, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the President believes MSNBC commentators Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow provide "an invaluable service" to that same society and democracy.

After showing clips of FOX commentators and MSNBC commentators, specifically Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, King played a clip of Obama's commencement address at the University of Michigan.
OBAMA: For if we choose only to expose ourselves to opinions and viewpoints that are in line with our own, studies suggest that we become more polarized, more set in our ways.

I guess by Obama's own definition he must be seen as a polarizing figure.

That seems right to me.



Harvey Finkelstein said...

So Obama is a radical and a doofus.

It is really hard to keep track of all of those lies, ya know...

Mary said...

I'm surprised Obama hasn't blamed FOX News for it taking so long to free the slaves.

Muddy Politics said...

Being informed, like voting, is as American as apple pie Unfortunately, cooking a pie is more difficult than eating it, and interpreting media is more difficult than consuming it.