September 28th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Fox News is 'destructive' to America

(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."


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. American Maid

    Everyone knows that Fox is a Tool of the Republican party. The President is not saying anything that everyone already knows.

    September 28, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. daniel

    fox is not new, it is propaganda. they lie so much, they should be a religion

    September 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Dennis

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Darth Cheney

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Dave

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. QOTU

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. mike

    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

    September 28, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. blue

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. proud conservative

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Chas in Iowa

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. wake up

    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

    September 28, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Ann

    Wow. What a whiny article.
    Mr. President, please start acting Presidential.

    September 28, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Obama 2012!

    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!

    September 28, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. BPstinks

    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

    September 28, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Robert Harrington

    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!

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Ken

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. NameJohn. Framel

    He has nothing positive to
    Tell the American people so all he can do is attack truthful broadcasting.

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Kathy B from Michigan

    Sorry, Obama. It's not that easy. You just can't stand it when people don't agree with you. Get over yourself.

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. TC

    Ha, good one Barack and MSNBC isn't in your back pocket.....Quit your whining and do something positive for this country.

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. tetter

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. obamaboo

    truth is the truth

    September 28, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. stufit

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Paula

    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..

    September 28, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Padraig

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Typical

    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.

    September 28, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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