June 17th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama takes aim at Fox News

 Obama says Fox News is 'entirely devoted' to attacking his administration.
Obama says Fox News is 'entirely devoted' to attacking his administration.

(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."


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Big red shoes

    The president is correct the clowns @ FOX are jealous of him and the splendid job he is doing. By the way this man tells the truth the other side simply lies about every thing. Like the boy who cried wolf.

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. harry

    It appears that "the Great One's" arrogance is showing once again. NBC, CBS et al have been in the genuflexion mode since he began to run for the office. Now he wants to squelch the one network not bowing down. Maybe a preachy speech will follow.

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. SJ in SJ

    In what way is this "taking aim?" CNN, you sound like the President attacked a news outlet. He was asked if the media is too easy on him, and essentially said, "Fox isn't." How is that an attack?

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Jason Vincent

    What a whiner.

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. A-Wax

    The man's not lying-

    Is FOX even considered to be a news station anymore? They're more like a collection of far-right radio screamers, that just so happen to be on tv.

    That channel is horrible.

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Is Obama upset because.......

    not EVERY TV station idolizes his image and portrays him as the Messiah?

    Obama obviously sees himself as the Ayatollah of America.

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. UNHAPPY LA. Dem

    They are one of the few news agencies who was not slobbering all over him during the campaign and election. The way some of the reporters were stating that he was the best thing to happen to the world and the hero worship was disgusting and not at all professional. Tingles up the leg huh.

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Mark S.

    Speaking as an independent, I couldn't agree with you more, Mr. President, which is why I bailed on Fox some time ago.

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. TDjazz

    Well, someone has to tell the truth about Obama's administration!

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Latina for Obama

    You are 100% right Mr President!!! You tell them!!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Pat, CA

    Don't feel too bad, Obama - Bush had ALL the REST of the media attack his administration daily for eight years!

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. J in VA

    Well.. he's right about Fox, dont think anybody can dispute that.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Johnny DC

    Do something positive and they'll have something to applaud you on, shepherd.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. JOY

    If you go to bed with FOX , you will never rise to a fruitful day

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. David

    First of all , I voted for Nader . That said, isn't it ironic you have a monopoly of right wing talk radio and FOX News saying there is no media scrutinazation on left wing . Thats like a chef saying that no one cooks fried eggs anymore, while cracking open a couple of eggs and than throwing them on the grill.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Me

    Right. A guy who's coopted ABC News to present and promote his Healthcare plan believes FoxNews is too critical. Comrade Obama should just shut it down with the Fairness Doctrine. Oh wait, that would mean he'd also have to shut down CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and 90% of the newspapers in the country.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Grahame

    Of course he's right. Just look at the pitiful attempt by fox news to be objective. If you disagree with this then look at the laughable no called news anchors they have. Such a sorry bunch of nay sayers. Must be Republicans.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    My President Obama said the truth fox news or fox and friends television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration." if you watched fox new the entire day, you can't find a positive story about President Obama. But this is Amreica you have a choice. It still hard for some people to say President Obama.But I could be wrong fox new is own by a republican. You Bet YA!

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Chris

    That's right. Awful Awful Fox News! Every station should bow before our savior! God forbid someone question this President! He is too perfect to be questioned on his policies. Fox News should get in line with CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNBC, NBC News, BBC, NPR, and PBS with sniffinig Obama's rear end.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Kenny Sullivan

    Interesting. For the longest time you were hard pressed to find any positive stories coming from any of the major networks about the Bush Administration. It may not have been as direct as Fox News, but it was heavily anti-Bush.

    June 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Gary

    Fox News is biased against Obama? Yeah of course. And CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN and 90% of all the major newspapers in the country are Pro-Obama. Without Fox there would be no oversight or investigation and who know what would happen. Why aren't the other news agencies at least debating and discussing the issues? This is not good for democracy. This is not transparency. This is sad.

    June 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. RealityKing

    One conservative station against him, one thousand liberal stations for him. And he still whines..

    June 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Monrob

    That is absolutely not true. He is NOT TRANSPARENT AS HE SAID HE WOULD BE. Why did he denied MSNB the list of the people that are visiting and seating at meetings?

    He is very much like Bush.

    June 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Dan

    Everyone knows that Fox News is bias. But what about all the negative coverage that Repulbicans get from late night (the Letterman show is a GOP diatribe), MSNBC, NBC and many others. I think the Fox New media bias pales in comparison to what the GOP receives.

    June 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Paul Cardinal

    Well, gee Mr. President, you certainly are FAIR and BALANCED.

    Those CLOWNS over at MSNBC such as KEITH OLBERMAN, RACHEL MADOW, & CHRIS MATHEWS, basically tell the public that you can walk on water and split loaves of bread and fish to feed the multitudes.

    You are an Emporer with no clothes.

    Paul Cardinal

    June 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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