(CNN) - President Obama is pulling no punches when it comes to Fox News, declaring the cable news outlet to be "destructive to [America's] long-term growth."
In a more than 8,000-word interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Obama compared the cable news channel to papers owned by William Randolph Hearst at the turn of the 20th century that unabashedly pushed the media titan's own political views.
"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," Obama told the magazine.
Officials in the Obama White House have long made Fox News a punching bag, launching a full blown offensive last year when aides declared the network to be "opinion journalism masquerading as news." Then-White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said the cable outlet "operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," and top aide Valerie Jarret called Fox "clearly biased."
But the new comments from Obama constitute the president's most direct attack yet on the network owned by business mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Fox News pushes "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," Obama said.
"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 has yet to respond to the president. But during the administration offensive against the network last year, network spokesman Michael Clemente slammed the White House for continuing "to declare war on a news organization instead of focusing on the critical issues that Americans are concerned about."
Everyone knows that Fox is a Tool of the Republican party. The President is not saying anything that everyone already knows.
fox is not new, it is propaganda. they lie so much, they should be a religion
IFox News is another point of view jjust like MSNBC. If Obama can't stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen. George W Bush took the heat from the press a lot more gracefully than Obama is doing.
Typical Fox. Obama is not declaring war on Fox, if he was he would kill and imprison them all. That's more of a right-wing strategy.
Oh – and other news outlet do not represent the political views of their owners/publishers....
Give me a break and grow a thicker skin Mr President.
Old news. Anyone in this country who is breathing, knows that Fox is the mouthpiece of Murdoch and the republican party. The solution is to turn them off.
Obama is right when you get the uneducated in this country that are only hearing the same old crap from a news network that claims something that they are not people begin to buy into it and never look at all the facts it will always continue to fuel hatred and then mask it up as something else well there is an old saying and we all know what that is what comes around goes around remember that hatred can be fueled on both side of the fence and do we really want that to happen and at the end the rest of the world will be laughing at us as we become the new third world the way to concord is to divide
If Fox was critical of Obama before, now they'll show no mercy. He's sure got guts for telling it like it is though.
Funny how MSLSD has an opposite point of view in favor of the President and that is perfectly fine with him. The only thing is that hardly anyone watches Keith Overbite or Rachel Madcow. Nice try Bamster but no one is buying what you're selling anymore.
Fox has pushed all boundries of news journalism.
Their far right opionated stance is not the major issue, the major issue is the fabrication of half truthes, out of context references, and irrevelant sources that Fox uses as fact instead of it's unbiased opinion.
It is truely the communications arm of the GOP.
What serious president CONTINUALLY attacks a cable channel! What is wrong with this guy. Obama is for change...change from free speech, free markets and democracy.
What's destructive is all of Obama's policies. Awful
Wow. What a whiny article.
Mr. President, please start acting Presidential.
They sure are Mr. President! Keep up the good work! don't worry, the silent voters are out here seeing all the obstructionism that is the republican/tea party and the hatred that's based off false information and lies! WE dems and independents are sick of it! and you keep doing your silly polls CNN cuz YOU'RE WRONG! we'll see you right wing nuts in November!
The only people that actually 'believe' that Fox News is THE news are in fact Republicans!
Look at the number of Glen Beck followers....he's all about BS and people love it...it is entertainment.
What's next? Snooki for VP on the Reps next election term??
Sadly, followers do not care about America, only about making the 'club' (yup, people want to belong but having no political clue – tea partiers – it's like a country club thing – makes them feel like they belong) win with it's polemik "We are for being against"....woopteetaaahhhh
Two Points – First of all Obama needs to bulk up....he is looking way to skinny.
Second: An attack from the White House on Free Speech. Fox has their viewpoints some right, some wrong. How small of him to be distracted by a media outlet. Reminds me of a young child with an attention syndrome deficit disorder that forgot to take their medication. Scary!
and the New York Times could be considered the political wing of the Democratic Party,
as could ABC, NBC, MSNBC, AND CBS for many years.
The Democrats are upset that there is a national alternative voice. I say good for
some competition of ideas.
He has nothing positive to
Tell the American people so all he can do is attack truthful broadcasting.
Sorry, Obama. It's not that easy. You just can't stand it when people don't agree with you. Get over yourself.
Ha, good one Barack and MSNBC isn't in your back pocket.....Quit your whining and do something positive for this country.
how are they different from the bottom kissing main stream media or cnn for that matter. It seems all "news" outlets push their own agenda.
truth is the truth
A very desparate man. Attack, slam, blast, demonize and demean. These are union tactics that are taught to "community orgainizers." Fox News is the one outlet that the slimy, corrupt, incompetent, inept, union toady president doesn't control so he has to attack it. This slimy, whiny, crook is a Hugo Chavez wanna be. Exactly what it is that Fox is not telling the truth about? Nothing.
Fox News is a "propaganda hate machine.".I think the Third Reich would have used it had it existed in the 1930's and 40's.
I not only refuse to watch their news but ANY program on Fox..
The "community organizer" objects to Fox News becuase it does not bow down and placate to his whims and wishes. Once again, he looses grip with the issues at hand and focuses on topics that do not need to be addressed.
I think he is worn out and needs to take another vacation.
This is what I have come to expect from President Obama. Instead of focusing on the issues that help America, he is too focused on what his image looks like and attacking those who are on the opposing side.
Very sad and it shows once again that he is not the leader that everyone expected.