Obama: ‘Of course’ Fox News is unfair
February 3rd, 2014
08:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: ‘Of course’ Fox News is unfair

(CNN) – Fox News Channel, the cable giant whose conservative primetime hosts regularly go after President Barack Obama, is “of course” unfair in its attacks, Obama argued in an interview aired on the network Monday.

The sit-down, conducted by Bill O’Reilly, was taped after a live grilling Sunday night in which O’Reilly quizzed the president on health care, the IRS scandal over the targeting of political action groups and the attack at a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya – all issues conservatives argue were Obama’s fault.

Asked if he was unfair to Obama, the president responded to O'Reilly: "Of course you are, Bill. But I like you anyway.”

“This list of issues you asked about – they’re defined by you guys in a certain way,” Obama continued. “But this is OK. If you want to be president of the United States, then you know you’re going to be subject to criticism,” Obama said, adding he thought the conservative bent has “made Fox News very successful.”

“Here’s what you guys are going to have to figure out: What are you going to do when I’m gone?” Obama asked.

Later, asked if he was the “most liberal president in history,” Obama suggested that Republican President Richard Nixon’s policies could be seen as further to the left.

“When you look at some of my policies, in a lot of ways Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was,” he said, citing the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency during Nixon’s presidency.

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  1. Just

    Now that's funny. Fox was the only media that would call Obama out when the others refused to.

    February 3, 2014 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. scout mom

    Only a fool goes on Fox News, especially with O'Reilly, and not expect difficult and at times combative questioning. Oops forgot who we were talking about.

    February 3, 2014 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. Jentmode

    Fox News simply tells their viewers what they want to hear.

    If you're an Obama-hater, you can get all the Obama-hating you want from Hannity and others on the station. This is the same station that for months told its viewers Mitt Romney was going to win by a landslide and he lost by triple digits and lost 9 out of 10 swing states. It's called telling your viewers what they want to hear so that they will keep tuning in and you get rich.

    I think Obama was correct in not addressing Bill's "concerns" as if they were legitimate issues.

    And conservatives: Nobody cares about Benghazi. Look at Hillary's poll number against every Republican.

    February 3, 2014 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Redeye Dog

    The only thing unfair here is CNN will find a place to put a story of carefully plucked quotes to spark the Liberal base but fails to mention the President's reluctance to answer valid and direct questions concerning Benghazi or the IRS during the O'Reilly interview..

    FAIL CNN!!!

    February 3, 2014 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Unfair? I think using the IRS to target a certain group due to a political agenda is unfair Mr Obama. But thats how you play. Cant win us over, so your gonna us the long arm of the "law" to beat us into submission. Thats ok, I will never give up my Second Amendment Right.

    February 3, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. Charles Taft

    Of course, President Obama misrepresents the truth whenever he can.

    February 3, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. LW

    Who would Bill O'Reilly like to see as President?

    February 3, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Vic Johnson

    Of course Fox is unfair, they call out Obama. Obama cannot push Fox around. The truth resonates!

    February 3, 2014 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Chuck

    He has Fox Derangement Syndrome like all Progressives

    February 3, 2014 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. American Worker

    He admitted in the interview that he and his administration fumbled the ball on several occasions.

    What's so disgusting is his administration's ducking, weaving, fakes, unsportsmanlike conduct, ...

    February 3, 2014 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Chuck N

    What is Fox News going to do when your gone? Well like the rest of the country they are going to celebrate like there is no tomorrow because the worst tyrant in American history is gone.

    February 3, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. James

    Awwww someone got his widdle feelings hurt....

    February 3, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Mit

    Obama doesn't get his ordinary soft-ball questions: "This is so unfair"


    February 3, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. kyzaadrao

    To be fair, all media outlets are fairly unfair. They're just unfair on different sides.

    February 3, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. American Worker

    The EPA was essential as an agency that assures that businesses, groups, and individuals let the people be.

    What the President has done with the EPA is politicize it to go after any who do not yield to the political elite in power.

    The EPA is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. A Branch that is supposed to be impartial and 'execute' the Laws and Regulations without bias.

    February 3, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. nuclear mike

    "Of course...of course...of course..." what else has the President be saying but "of course" to everything!

    February 3, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Greg

    The fact that Fox's O'Reilly et al think of Obama as being left wing or liberal just shows how truly blind their biases can make them.

    February 3, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. andrew

    I agree with my President, and I hold utter contempt for Fox news.

    February 3, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. Steve

    Wouldn't it have been nice if someone then asked Obama if he thought CBS News was unfair, then watched him dance trying to avoid claiming they were liberal?

    February 3, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Winning

    I disagree about the creation of the EPA. Stewardship of the environment is not a liberal cause, it is a cause outside of politics in my opinion, but if I were to peg it towards either of the two, I would peg it as a conservative policy. The problem is that conservatism has been taken over by corporate business, and the useful idiots on talk radio and Fox News insure that the supports of modern conservatism are in lock step with what big business wants.

    February 3, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. Acepaul

    So, Fox is unfair. And I can keep my healthcare plan too, right?

    February 3, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. PhilG

    The media has this liberal-conservative thing going with FOX being the conservative side and MSNBC being the liberal side.

    The President is simply stating the obvious.

    The illusion of media impartiality has been smashed to bits since the Bush Jr. presidency ended.

    February 3, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. How does this work?

    I do like how CNN's journalists write the story in such a way as to ignore a very key part of that exchange. Bill followed up the President's assertion with a simple question: "How am I unfair?" He asked it honestly and was genuinely interested to hear what specifically led the President to his accusation.

    He had no answer. No evidence. No anecdote. No logic, no reasoning, no nothing. He couldn't answer what specifically Fox and O'Reilly had done to him that was unfair or biased. That's a very key point from a guy who lobs these sort of attacks all the time but when challenged can't defend them.

    February 3, 2014 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Truck

    Unfair? Because they ask the tough questions & don't pacify the LIAR OF THE YEAR.LOL

    February 3, 2014 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. Duh

    Did anyone else see that Super Bowl interview? He evaded every single question!

    February 3, 2014 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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