Obama hits Fox News
May 10th, 2011
04:16 PM ET
7 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."

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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

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

    Pretty much what every single race/ethnicity said after coming here and making it past its turn as the bogeyman. In fact, it's pretty much exactly like handing off the baton or passing the torch. Go read some of the history of your own country. Every time it's a new group, they get the discrimination shaft, but then when there's a newer new group, they suddenly become the most vocal discriminators against that newer group and join in the rest of the bigots. It's like a hazing ritual for joining a frat, which is probably the best analogy because it stresses just how juvenile and sophomoric the whole thing is.

    Grow up, bigots. If you're so concerned about who new citizens might vote for, you shoudl've thought of that before your conservative/GOP/Teatroll masters decided they'd make alienating minorities a top priority with their social domestic policies and foreign relations demagoguery.

    May 10, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Mark Smith

    Rupert Murdoch is an ignorant.. Just like MOST Australian that i came across. After all they all have thieve, murderer, rapist blood in them.. Remember Britain used to ship all the criminals to Australia. We should tell that immigrant to go back to Australia and see how he feels.

    May 10, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. dixy

    We Cherokee understand the Illegal Immigration issue very well. We call them "White People".

    May 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    We all know that FOX stinks and that the people who view it are brain dead zombies who would believe that the sky was falling if FOX said so! Obama 2012!!!!

    May 10, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @Jay Kay, Minneapolis: Immigration was once a good thing for this country. It no longer is.

    Based on what? Are you assuming that all immigrants are a drain on our society? Go to Bloomberg Business Week online and search on "World's Most Successful Immigrants" and do a little reading before you make another stupid statement.

    May 10, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Karen

    Legal Immigration made this country great, illegal immigration has turned it into a welfare state. Education dollars are routed to illegal aliens away from taxpayer, hardworking US citizens.

    Obama is going after Fox News. When will he grow up? The only media channel not crawling in his lap and he goes after them.

    May 10, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Henry


    Here with go again with the CNN bashing. If you don't like CNN and think it is a partisan network, then why do you read the articles and why do you reply. I cannot stand Fox and its supposed "fair and balanced" approach and will not read its articles or comment. If you don't like CNN, then don't read and comment. May keep your blood pressure down too.

    May 10, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Karen

    I wonder if the families of cops murdered by illegal aliens, the families of border guards gunned down by illegal aliens, the families of those killed by DUI illegal aliens feel about the jokes of alligators and moats?

    May 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Republican Robber Baron

    Fox – Facts Don't Matter – and Friends love immigrants just as long as they are white.

    Obama is fighting a losing proposition though. We can not even get jobs for our own citizens and we struggle to keep the border secure. So why would we want to reward the illegals for breaking the law...AND use our taxpayer money to send the illegals spawn to college or pay for other state services?

    The one exception that I think does make sense...is granting U.S. citizenship in exchange for Military service of at least 10 years. That is fair. The Romans did that with great success.

    Otherwise just enforce the existing law and fine/penalize employers that hire illegals. No need to change otherwise, except if they want to serve in the Military for at least 10 years.

    May 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I don't think anyone has any problems with *legal* immigration."

    Then you're not paying close enough attention. It's not the legality most of these buffoons are so angry about...it's the "from where."

    May 10, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Reform? Reform is just more laws that people will ignore like they do now, and then be rewarded for it. ENFORCE THE CURRENT LAWS, secure the borders, deport the law breaking country invaders, then let's talk about "reform". One does not let more people on a financially sinking ship El Presidente. If Obama continues with this madness, he will ensure his defeat in 2012. He will not be able to buy enough hispanic votes to save him and the rest of the Democrats.

    May 10, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. JO

    It is amazing that people who oppose the process to fix "illegal immigration" love to spout that there is a difference. However, most of the first Americans came here and immigration was not considered. If you came poor, you had to indenture yourself. Was that legal or illegal? I know some people love to say my family came here in the early 1800's. And now you are the descendents of illegal immigrants. Should you go back? Stop crying and offer some ideas. It is easy to bash when you are afraid. But to offer some ways of fixing the problem so that people don't feel they have to sneak in to this country seems to elude them.

    May 10, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. njcv

    People that have a problem with illegal immigration really just have a problem with the fact that illegal immigrants are mostly from Mexico and have brown skin. How can you tell? Ask them if it would have been a good policy to prevent european immigrant from entering the country over the course of our history. The answer will almost invariable be that european immigrants were good. People that have their citizenship want to prohibit others from prosperity.

    May 10, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Henry

    I love Republicans on the issue of "illigal immigration". The Republicans like to stoke up the issue each election cycle. They don't care about illegal immigration because they are the direct beneficiaries of these people's efforts. The interesting thing is how these rabid Republicans fall for this manipulation. The "rank and file" Republican simply does not know how they are being led by the nose into voting and supporting things that are completely against their self-interest. Illegal immigration, Medicare Reform, Health Care Reform, Unions (your heros will come for you too), abortion, etc.

    Conservatives are great people. Republicans, on the other hand, are nasty people who see all poor people as lazy.

    May 10, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Just who does Obama think is more important? Illegal immigrants.......or citizens? I think it should be obvious, who he supports, by his actions!

    May 10, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. gt

    legal ... illegal.. .... just obey the laws ... enforce the laws we have... legal is ok... illegal is not.. simple..

    May 10, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Henry


    Fox the only network not in Obama's lap?

    Fox is an entertainment network. Why count on an entertainment network for news. Fox certainly is not news.

    May 10, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Don't forget, that illegal immigrants wouldn't come here if people weren't willing to break the law by hiring them ...

    May 10, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Republicans - "The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate Party"

    This is why hardline rightwingers are viewed by many as racist. They only get religion about a particular topic when the percieved beneficiary is non-white. [e.g. nobody care about a President's BC before Barack Obama showed up in the Whitehouse].

    Murdoch doesn't have a PRINCIPLED stand against immigration ... he's only against Latino immigration. It is patently unAmerican to say "screw the next guy" and try to change the rules that benefited you just because you've already gotten your leg up. This is what these insecure GOP'ers don't understand.

    By trying to stir up dust around "securing the border", he avoids the hard "blocking & tackling" questions about how we are going to handle the illegals that are currently here.

    Now I for one, think we can't grant blanket amnesty but we're not going to deport them all either. The answer lies somewhere in the middle. It's called compromise but that's a 4-letter word to the Tea Party Republicans.

    Independents – vote for the Democrats. They are the only ones that get something done with competence.

    May 10, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Frank

    This President does EVERYTHING in his power to form divisions to prevent issues like this one from moving forward.
    I think it is a sign of Obama's weakness. If you can't join them in the middle, it is much easier to bash them from a distance.

    May 10, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Henry

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

    Here you go again with your tirade agains President Obama. Man (or ma'm), are you so ate up with anger with this president that only complaints come from your mouth? Please lighten up.

    May 10, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Marcus

    Mark Smith – You don't like Rupert Murdoch? Neither do I.
    But your remark about Australia is really pathetic!
    Yeah, most of Australians ancestry were criminals, so.....

    May 10, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    @ Karen

    Immigration Policy Center study dated September 10, 2008, USING EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE AND DATA collected from the DOJ, FBI and other reliable, credible sources, came to the following conclusion:

    "...as numerous studies over the past 100 years have shown—immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the undocumented, regardless of their country of origin or level of education."

    In fact, immigrants are 5 times less likely to be in prison than the native-born and the states wih the highest immigration growth rates were found to have THE LOWEST CRIME RATES. It also showed that the main reason for illegals being in prison was...shockingly...immigration violations...NOT VIOLENT CRIME. Go ahead, Google the study and read it if you're so concerned. It's readily available and will provide you with FACTS so you can breathe a little easier knowing that whoever is telling you that illegals come here and are a major source of additional violent crime is a big fat lying liar. Or have you already made up your mind and don't really acre what the facts and evidence andhistorical record show....you're just going to cling to that belief anyway? I'd bet my left pinky finger it's the latter.

    May 10, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. GFLDED

    I'm not sure what that muddy water is between legal and illegal immigrants, other than illegal immigrants can't get the services that their taxes (every time they make a purchase) pay for. If any of you complaining Yankees want to come to So Tx and get one to the great agricultural, landscaping, construction jobs that they are stealing from you, I'll stand next with you and fight for your full employment. Please keep in mind that its going to be in the high 90's everyday through Sept. so dress appropriately. Otherwise, write about something you actually know about.

    May 10, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "If Obama continues with this madness, he will ensure his defeat in 2012. He will not be able to buy enough hispanic votes to save him and the rest of the Democrats."

    So do yourself a favor and shut up with your factless, baselesss talking point word salad criticisms. Or even better, encourage him if you're so sure it will get you want you want in the end.

    May 10, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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