June 17th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama takes aim at Fox News

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(CNN) - Brushing off suggestions Tuesday the media is not critical enough of his administration, President Obama couldn't help but take aim at one cable news channel in particular.

"It's very hard for me to swallow that one," Obama told CNBC when asked whether he thinks the media is too easy on him. "First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."

The interviewer quickly assumed Obama was referring to Fox News, a suggestion the president didn't disagree with.

"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," he said. "And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front."

"We welcome people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions," he continued. "And I think that I've been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months–press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all. "

Obama struck a similar tone on the matter last month in his appearance before the White House Correspondents Dinner, during which he joked to the crowd, "Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me, apologies to the Fox table."

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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. damv, indianapolis

    President Obama is 100% correct. The commentators are bitter and can find no common ground. Even though i disliked Bush, there were instances where i agreed. No such luck from FOX. Their hatred and self-centrist views are exactly why minorities, women, and young adults shy away from the network.

    June 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Darlene

    Way to go Fox...at least one station isn't so in "awe" of him that they are not afraid to call him out of certain things. I'll watch Fox anytime over the other networks because of their bias towards Obama...checks & balance!

    June 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. E. Harris-Langley

    What!? You mean someone dares to question our president and his actions on the hill? Maybe SOMEONE is getting some BRAINS finally!!

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. lefty loosy

    Get over it B.O. The media is always in the liberals corner.
    A little criticism is good for you

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. RGB in MN

    A little thin-skinned, I'd say.
    What other news channel will nuetralize the Socialists?

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Bob

    When Pres. Bush was in there he had every news outlet in the world criticizing every move and not one comment was made about that. Now one, just one news medium puts presure on Pres. Obama and thats alot. You dont even have to be good at math to see the liberal idea of logic here doesn't add up. They want to be able to say whatever to whomever whenever they want and no one has the right to hold them accountable for it. But let someone tell them they're wrong and watch what happens.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. windfall

    FOX News should change its name to the Cheney Network.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. pbj

    Welcome to the real world, Barry. At least there's only ONE channel "entirely devoted to attacking [your] administration" - Bush had about 5 or 6 of them. If it's any consolation, the REST of the media is entirely devoted to slavishly supporting everything you say and do. But we understand; after all, this is your first real job, so it must take some getting used to when someone gives you a hard time.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Clint

    It should not be called Fox "news" because a news program is one that covers a story. Fox only editorializes on bit and pieces of news and soundbites in order to appeal to its client base, which need not be described.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Georgian

    My president cracks me up.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. GenTwelve

    It's completely true, yet dissent and opposition are part of a democracy, no problem with FoxNews attitude or with the preident's statements. However,.............

    FoxNews is the "Rush" of brodcast journalism...
    Too much hate.....
    Too much bigotry....
    Too much vulgarity.....

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. bkuck

    Bush was relentlessly hammered by MSNBC, and still is. I never heard him even refer to that so called newsnetwork. What a whiner Obama is.
    Note to Obama-Not everyone loves you, you freak. In fact, about 47% of the country did NOT vote for you.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Brandon

    Is he saying that Fox News is a right wing attack machine? Shocking, but they are soooo fair and balanced. You can ask their former news manager Joseph Goebbels.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Bluini

    How dare someone in the media question The Chosen One. Better get used to it lightweight.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. ModerateLady

    Fox is absolutely anti-Obama. There is no denying that. Every other network tends to be at least slightly pro-Obama, so that does CREATE the need for a critical platform to be presented.

    If the networks would do their JOBS, I think fewer would be willing to give Fox so much air time.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Brett

    I likes CNN for some reasons, I like foxnews for other reasons, it is fair balance for me to review of your job at white house.... Thank you, Foxnews and CNN for all your dirty job whatever you believe in since 1990's

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. JB

    HA! Figures he brushes off the love fest of the rest of the media and points out that one is actually critical of him. In the reverse it was Fox alone that didn't deride Bush into the ground and turn the country against its president like EVERY other news station did.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Ahhh...not exactly

    Pres. Obama – I love you man, but you have really not been all that transparent. Continuing many of the Bush era policies on secrecy (down to the Secret Service denying access to who has visited the White House) does not really fit that bill.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. jonathan

    We all know Fox News is 100% far Right Propaganda Machine.
    Always was.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. jwilkerson

    Although President Obama's ego won't allow it, thereare some people who don't agree with all the things he does and thinks about doing. Thank goodness for other people's thoughts, since the media in general is biased in his favor.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Mike in SA

    This just in!!!

    Obama kills fly during interview!!!!

    Watch this hard hitting report as it happens!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. rob

    but Faux news isn't real news –its faux news all the time

    June 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Rick

    LOL... he has one station somewhat trying to tell the truth he means. Obama is a joke. We all know it. Only those naive people who are in the tank for him (including ABC, CNN, NBC, and CBS.) but guess what OBAMA.. we aren't buying what you are selling.

    June 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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