February 20th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Gibbs blasts cable news

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/20/art.gibbs.gi.jpg caption="Gibbs had some tough words for cable news."](CNN) - Don't count Robert Gibbs among those who are fans of cable news.

The White House press secretary took the opportunity to blast the medium at Friday's press conference when asked about CNBC reporter Rick Santelli's recent tirade against the president's mortgage plan.

"I…think that it's tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they're talking about," Gibbs said. "I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn't know what he's talking about."

Gibbs also went on to criticize cable news coverage of the presidential campaign.

"If I hadn't worked on the campaign but simply watch the cable news scorekeeping of the campaign, we lost virtually every day of the race," he said. "If I would have just watched cable TV, I long would have crawled into a hole and given up this whole prospect of changing the country."

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Pam

    As soon as I hear someone start talking about poor old law-abiding homeowners who make their payments and how unfair it is that they have to bail out their dead beat neighbors, yadda yadda yadda, I know that person has gotten their talking points from right wing radio. You hear the same phrases over and over and over.... On the internet, in person in the office, on TV...etc. Rush Limbaugh and crew have great control over all their listeners.

    February 20, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Tom

    This is funny...if you opened your eyes and watched the news you'd have seen the media got Obama elected. What a stupid argument that is so off base.

    February 20, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. S. Boynton

    Usually it is the calm people(such as Nouriel Roubini) that are listened to. Anyone who has to rant, raise his voice or talk over their guests loses credibility with those who are really the movers and shakers in this society. It took the GOP 8 years to bring havoc and it may take even longer to fix their mess. Those who read and research know this. Those who watch reality shows listen to only those who always agree with them. Of course Wall Street does not like President Obama's ideas. The wealthy do not give a fig what happens to the little guy as long as they get more, more and still more.

    February 20, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. james

    Go Gibbsy.

    February 20, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. houstonguy

    Santelli didn't have any issues with us bialing out Wall Street but God forbid we spend a third of that amount on homeowners. Just another example of Right Wing pricks taking handouts but hating anyone else who does as well.
    The Santelli's of the World ARE the problem.

    February 20, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. fred

    BTW, CNBC is NOT a republican talking piece, I mean seriously??? So get informed..if they said Fox, Id believe the anti-republican spew you bloggers are spewing. CNBC and MSNBC are 100% in Obamas pocket!!!

    Also, the earlier comment from mw, republicans don't feel it...you better get a clue genius! we ALL feel it, and yes a republican like me does too! leave the partisan stuff at the door or else consider yourself no better than the ones you criticise!

    February 20, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Ruth

    Thank GOD someone finally has the gut to say something about all this garbage on Cable News.Gibbs I would like to shake your hand.

    February 20, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. republicans hate america

    none of this will matter when the economy gets fixed and it will Obama will be given credit by everyone but the rethugs either way they will not gain power for a while.

    February 20, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. joe

    Some people can not help it that Obama is soooo Popular as our President......
    Now let's see what they are about to do to destroy that instead of using it to make America great again!

    February 20, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Jean

    Poor, poor, baby, does the truth hurt!

    I am not paying for anyones mortgage.

    February 20, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. mjc

    Robert Gibbs is CORRECT! CNBC reporter Rick Santelli was at the very least highly unprofessional and completely irresponsible.

    Truth in Media does not exist. Nothing but slogans remain:
    The Most Trusted News Source'
    'No Bias No Bull'
    'Fair and Balanced'.

    February 20, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. republicans hate america

    Dear Dwite so how come santelli believe banks should be bailed out?

    February 20, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. crm

    And I, Mr. Gibbs, can be assured you don't know what you're talking about.

    See ya at the Tea Party Rick !!

    February 20, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Wah wah wah

    At a time when this country desperately needs unity and pragmatism to solve this mammoth crisis, they’re screaming and yelling, like little brats.

    So much for “Country first”

    * * *

    No one wants a socialist dictator moron

    February 20, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Why is it so bad for someone with an alternate perspective to voice his opinions? If the media is so right turned, as Gibbs said it was during the election, why is it so shocking when something like this happens? And how does a guy who spends all day looking at technical analysis for the markets not understand anything about the economy? Perhaps what would be a better plan is to enact a changing stimulus that would help the economy and then these type of tirades wouldn't exist. And whoever said that this mortgage plan was for people who are current with their mortgages are quite possibly the dumbest people in the world. Why would they bailout people that are not in trouble? And not help people who are in trouble?

    February 20, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Mike in Seattle

    No criticism allowed. How did NBC allow little brother to get out of line. Matt & Brian really looked like idiots this morning on the Today Show. Oh by the way, have they both agreed to the $500,000 salary cap yet? Even at that they would be grossly overpaid!

    February 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Cry baby liberals

    "If I would have just watched cable TV, I long would have crawled into a hole and given up this whole prospect of changing the country

    * * *

    Its not too late Robert

    February 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Beppo

    Yeah, thank God the Democrats never tried to undermine the Republican administration. Oh wait, they did every day for eight years.
    Hey, whatever happened to "dissent is patriotic?" Had that gone away now that His Holiness has built Jerusalem on the Potomac?
    Honestly, the cult of Obama is creepier than anything wicked old George Bush ever did.

    February 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    Kevin, your notion of what people know and do not know fascinates me. What is your secret?


    Rick Santelli does not know what he's talking about because, frankly, who knows what he's talking about? He uses hyperbole and extreme analogies to stretch the stimulus bill into some idea that we will all be paying eachothers mortgages until the end of time. The whole point of this is so we can return to normality. This is not reporting. This is stand up comedy.

    And it's not funny.

    February 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Tom

    Gibbs is an idiot. Is he supposed to be a non -biased observer. ? What the devil ever happened to free speech ? Do we need Thomas Paine dug up or would reading his writings and the Constitution do ?

    February 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Jean

    Do you people have any clue what happens when you pump worthless money into the system.

    Obama is a lawyer without a clue.

    What would he do without his telepromter?

    February 20, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Democrats had an opportunity to write a stimulus bill that would have given them a solid boost to their party but fumbled. Notice Bill Clinton said " Its quite...a good bill". Its not perfect but would have been better if they paid attention to the essential programs. But its uselsess. The mandate was -We won. We write the bill. Obama should have stepped up with some authority but hid in the hole. How can Pelosi claim to be an "ardent catholic"? I feel ashamed already.

    February 20, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. S SKY


    February 20, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. YBM

    As a young American (who happens to be black and was born in America, not Africa then naturalized American) I am becoming very fearful for my country. And feel that if you do not want to be stereotyped or "profiled" then you should not fit the stereotype or profile.

    I suspected during the primaries and election, but as time goes on it becomes more evident. Obama either has a piece of the spear of destiny, or he is the antichrist.

    How else can it be explained that so many, otherwise intelligent, people turned into blind, non-thinking, non-listening, sheeple that practically worship the ground he walks on?

    February 20, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. smiff

    If you.ve done no wrong stop whining. Its true politics is merely the entertainment business for ugly people. When the world railed against Bush and his ignorance he kept his mouth shut. I cant really blame the guy since I pay my mortgage and bought less house than I really wanted to be sure I could afford it. Its true that we shouldnt have to bail out other peoples bad decisions. If i lose my place no one will bail me out. It will just be my tuff luck. Wall street and others could use a little tough love. Works wonders on responsibility. ALL THESE politicians set this up pre election to garner votes and fluff sentiments. Now its a snowball headed down from capital hill. Congrats Mr Preasident you wanted the job and you all got it. These things come with the job. BUCK UP AND DEAL WITH IT!!!!!

    February 20, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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