(CNN) – Brushing off suggestions Tuesday the media is not critical enough of his administration, President Obama couldn't help but take aim at one cable news channel in particular.
"It's very hard for me to swallow that one," Obama told CNBC when asked whether he thinks the media is too easy on him. "First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."
The interviewer quickly assumed Obama was referring to Fox News, a suggestion the president didn't disagree with.
"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," he said. "And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front."
"We welcome people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions," he continued. "And I think that I've been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months–press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all. "
Obama struck a similar tone on the matter last month in his appearance before the White House Correspondents Dinner, during which he joked to the crowd, "Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me, apologies to the Fox table."
Don't let FOX put you in a BOX Mr. President Obama!!!! They are LOSERS and they KNOW IT and every night they SHOW IT!!! (Wow – and I'm a POET and don't KNOW IT!!! LOL)
I made the mistake of watching Fox News for about 30 mins back when Clinton was in office. It was obvious to me then that Fox News was a right-wing tabloid where jouralistic integrity was wholly absent.
Fox news is the only outlet that presents all the facts. The other news outlets think Obama is God. Fox does not always criticize him but they do present all sides to the issues. Without Fox many people would be hard up for accurate information.
The same could be said about this particular news outlet and one George W. Bush...the difference is that W didn't whine about it to the press.
Thank YOU! its about time! IN YOUR FACE FOX. YOu have no credit.
I'm glad the President put the Fox news channel in its place. That network hasn't said anything positive in support of our country or the Administration in ages. Of course, Fox news needs to get Rush Limbaugh's permission to say anything.
You are 100% right Mr. President!! The Fox station fuels hate and use sarcasm and negative rhetoric on everything you do. I despise all of their commentaries because they are racist...hateful people.
Translation: I can't take the heat in the kitchen.
lol ... now you know what it feels like
I do not watch a show not even locally if it is broadcasted by FOX! based on FOX/FIX NEWS.
And three stations dedicated to doing nothing but kissing up to him. Sorry Mr. President if this isn't the same treatment you were used to as a community organizer but if you'd stop breaking the laws of the very bills you helped to write you wouldn't be so easy to attack.
So true, that's why they are called "FAUX" News!
Fox News has many sins to answer for. The worst is that in their constant attacks on Obama, rather than dig up constructive and useful critiques that could help the whole country, the majority of comments are personal and filled with empty labels like "socialist."
And it is entirely untrue that the remaineder of the media avoids criticzing Obama. He is under constant and powerful crutiny. The myth that the media is a leftist organ for Democrats needs to be put firmly to rest.
The press is supposed to be skeptical....have to disagree with his statement. The press to date has been promoting Obama and his agenda.
I think this president has been on televion more than any other presidednt so far.
For transparancy.. where has the stimulus and TARP money gone?
Why won't you release your WhiteHouse visiting guest list?
Much better packaging then the previous president but not as much change in the box so far.
And Fox was the only one who supported Bush somewhat, all the other's bashed him and Obama doesn't like one news channel, poor baby.
Good for him!
I'm not surprised, Fox news is a right wing news station. Like Bill Maher said, the republican party is a club for angry white men and Jesus freaks.
Fair and balanced
O'reilly is starting to fall in love with you
and I didn't vote for you!
He would be better off just to ignore Faux News. It has nothing relevant to say about him, politics, or the country. It is a cesspool that one wants to stay clear of.
Someone has to point out the truth all the other networks have crawled up his butt and died. He can't stand that someone somewhere isn't taking his every word as gospel. Grow up Mr. President.
Everytime I watched Fox, I have to change channels quickly, I feel like they're from a different planet, they sound more like the enemy. Very sad.
I guess we missed those "you know, tough questions"! Or were they the ones about his most enchanting moments and such...
So Obama doesn't like the truth, huh?
Well, either he is a liar or completely oblivious to reality. Reporters at his news conferences aren't aloud to ask him tough questions. They aren't aloud to challenge his ideas...and all of his websitess that won't start tracking stimulus dollars until 2010...yeah, real transparent obama