Obama hits Fox News
May 10th, 2011
04:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama hits Fox News

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama used an immigration speech Tuesday to take a jab at News Corporation CEO, Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News Channel.

Obama quoted the CEO, an Australian native, who said "Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business, science, higher education and innovation."


"That's Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, and an immigrant himself," Obama said. "I don't know if you're familiar with his views, but let's just say he doesn't have an Obama bumper sticker on his car."

The president was in El Paso, Texas to advocate for immigration reform as a way to strengthen the middle class, among other things.

"I want incomes for middle class families to rise again," Obama said. "I want prosperity in this country to be widely shared; I want everybody to be able to reach that American dream and that's why immigration reform is an economic imperative."


Filed under: Fox News • Immigration • President Obama
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Jay Kay, Minneapolis

    Immigration was once a good thing for this country. It no longer is.

    May 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Chuck

    "I want incomes for middle class families to rise again," Obama said. "I want prosperity in this country to be widely shared; I want everybody to be able to reach that American dream and that's why immigration reform is an economic imperative."

    Why does he hate America so much????

    May 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. CNN watcher

    A taste of their own medicine.

    May 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    I think President Obama and his administration should hit Fox News every opportunity they get. Fox News is nothing more than a watered down version of the hateful Nazi propaganda films during WWII.

    May 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. lac

    good shot, mr president. obama 2012.

    May 10, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. seebofubar

    How can anyone stand this guy. Just listening to the garbage that spews from his mouth can make your skin crawl. But what's more amazing is that there are people in this country that actually like what he says...they are mostly un-educated and un-motivated but unfortunately they can still vote.

    May 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Paqrat137

    In the 19th century – in New York City – long time immigrants – let's say from the late 18th century who were now Natives (Americans) opposed the Irish, Chinese and German who were emigrating around 1840 or so. And then these Natives (Americans) people opposed the immigrants of the late 19th century from Eastern Europe.

    It would seem that the Natives (Americans) of the late 19th and 29th century has figured out it was their turn to oppose immigration.

    It is too bad they do not remember that except for the Native Americans, known as Indians, we are all immigrants and the greatness of this country comes from that.

    We need to find ways to encourage an easier path to citizenship so the scourge of illegal immigration can stop. ANd if those illegals who are here have been good citizens, paid taxes, educated their children and have not become a burden on the state – we need a way to bring them in and agree they are Americans.

    May 10, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    That's not a "hit". That's free advertising.

    May 10, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Jesseca5

    What Obama failed to mention in his El Paso address was the fact that it was legal immigration that made this country great and not 12 million illegals roaming around and bleeding the United States coffers dry.

    May 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Mr. President! I am sooooo grateful you are leading our country. Keep up the good work!

    May 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It would be more likely that Murdoch would put a bumper sticker on his limo that says, "I support China's violation of human rights."

    May 10, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Libery and Justice

    Ok let me get this straight immigration reform will help the middle class prosper? OMG what has this country come too are the sheep that stupid that they still put up with this B.S. well i guess obama got the latino vote. At the end of the day politics rules over common sense.

    May 10, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. ConservaFASCISTS

    Rupert Murdoch probably has a Hitler & Stalin bumber sticker Mr. President.

    May 10, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Well good for Obama... but I think his idea of "widely shared prosperity" is taking from the successful and giving to the less successful. That's not an American Dream for anybody.

    May 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama quoted the CEO, an Australian native, who said "Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business, science, higher education and innovation."
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    It is painfully clear that our supposedly intelligent President doesn't understand the difference between legal and controlled immigration and millions of illegal aliens flooding over our borders. Anybody this ignorant needs to be removed from office in 2012.

    May 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Jason

    I loved this one, I loved the moat with the alligators and that Marines aren't big on speeches. He knows how effective it is to use humor when trying to explain your point. man's a genius! and funny too ;-)

    May 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. David

    As a Democrat, I am pretty disgusted how Dems keep purposely muddying the waters between *legal* vs *illegal* immigration. I don't think anyone has any problems with *legal* immigration.

    May 10, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Jesseca5

    What's to moderate? I guess the truth hurts. Oh, I'm sorry. I keep forgetting that CNN along with the normal broadcast channels are all in favor of whatever Obama spouts out. My apologies.

    May 10, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Maggie

    Obama should say the difference is that Murdoch is an immigrant but he is a LEGAL immigrant who has come to America and hired a whole lot of people to work for him. But when you have these illegal immigrants they are just draining the economy and not giving anything back. I am not against immigration but I am against illegal immigration. There is wrong and then there is the right way to come to our country but Obama is only seeing the wrong way and thats why we will always have this problem. Obama has his own family who is here illegally but we are not hearing anything else about it. She should be deported and made to apply the right way to come to America. What Obama is doing is all political and it will hurt our country in the long run. LETS GET BACK TO DOING IMMIGRATION THE RIGHT WAY AND DONT ENCOURAGE THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE HE WANTS THEIR VOTEs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. America First, Party Second

    Go Mr. President. Call out this ruthless, spineless fatcat as he is. FoxNews is a classic example of oxymoron. it should be banned from using "News" ever and only allow as sensational entertainment for one-sided for rich and brainless tea baggers. An immegrant fat guy from Australia is allowed to run the country in the scale never seen before. Shame on us.

    May 10, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. qz

    One term president, try to buy wat from illegal immigrant.

    May 10, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. You Dumb FoxNews Haters

    No one has a problem with immigration. The problem is "illegal" immigration.

    May 10, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    Chuck, oh my, yes, heaven forbid we should have a level playing field and opportunity for all.... How un-American.
    Fool.

    May 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. SA in OO

    If FOX news could be as respectful when their "analysts" talk about the President and virtually everything the President does. CHANGE that – IF Fox News representatives could just be honest.

    And while I'm at it has anyone noticed how the local Fox News stations are becoming more obvious in how they spin biased "reporting" on the issues. They have local announcers, many who know little about the complexities of national affairs, spewing FOX talking points as though they were learned and seasoned political journalists. They don't realize that the content of the news feeds they get straight form writers paid by Murdoch is deliberately and expertly crafted soft propaganda. ie. "the mosque that Obama was letting them build at ground zero." It wasn't a mosque, wasn't at ground zero, and the President has absolutely no control over building permits for construction in NYC.

    May 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Henry

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    You are the most partisan of posters I have seen. Your tone in any discussion is always the same; belittling and some more belittling. Never anything intelligent to add. Anything regarding Democrats and Obama earns your scorn. Nothing they have ever done has earned any praise from you, nothing. If there was ever anything nice about this president to come out of your keyboard, maybe your would be perceived as more than simply a partisan hack. Line up behind the rest of the haters of our president. You are no different.

    Get a life and add to these discussions in a meaningful way.

    May 10, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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