June 17th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
12 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. PFFT

    Well, I see that he's taken the first poke at any news agency that doesn't embrace him. How long until he decides that they're a danger and gets rid of them? After all, he's totally utterly and completely right about everything – or at least the teleprompter is.

    June 17, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Beth

    Wwho can argue with that. Fox News does cover the administration in a negative tone. They really are not fair and balanced at all.

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Eli

    Why should he be treated any different than other Presidents.

    It all part of the job.

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. D from Maryland

    The President hit the nail on the head with that one. I've seen some of the same pundits defending the president (from last year) against unjust criticism, calling such people "unpatriotic" and "disloyal". Now, the are preaching something just short of open rebellion against what they call a near-facist government. And a near-socialist government. Funny how that goes, isn't it?

    Generally, they don't give credit where it's due and they try to hide it as objective reporting. Every channel has a slant but Fox seems to be operating out of the basement of RNC headquarters. They are the biggest sore losers I've ever seen.

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Jim

    One station out of 100, he should be so lucky. The media is so biased towards him it's laughable. What were his comments about all the other stations? Did he thank them profusely?

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Ahmad

    It is not news anymore. It is Infotainment so site back and enjoy folks.

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. VA republican

    What about ABC and the Obama administration teaming up for a mock townhall about healthcare? ABC of course reserves the right to pick the participants and edit the video. haha! What a shame we can't even have an open, unedited debate about something as monumental as healthcare. What is Obama so afraid of?

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Eli

    Why should he be treated any different than other Presidents.
    It's all part of the job.

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |

    The FOX news group IS trying (ala rush, dickie, knut, mc cain) their very best to make President Obama bad news. No matter how hard he tries to do a good job, THE FIXXED NEWS CHANNEL will ALWAYS find a way to put a bad spin on any and every thing he does. RUPERT MURDOCK HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HATE MONGER WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS and the Democratic party so, President Obama should NEVER expect any kind of good word from any gossip rag or entertainment (radio or television) property he owns. I'm glad to hear the President call them on it too. Fair reporting isn't one of the FIXXED news channels qualities.

    June 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. dave

    I think President Bush would have been hard pressed to watch a day's worth of coverage and found a positive story on MSNBC. It's unfortunate that our news networks feel that they have to report to one extreme or the other rather than providing true unbiased coverage, but that's what our media has come to.

    June 17, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Leonard in Illinois

    Try watching FoxNews for more than an hour sometime. You'd think that the country has no money, that universal health care won't work, that Pelosi and Reid have ruined Congress, that we should be grateful for "all" of our troops, and that our country is becoming less safe because we closed Gitmo and won't wiretap.

    June 17, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Deb from Oklahoma

    What happened to transparency? If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen!

    June 17, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Michael

    This president has been anything but transparent. And he does not take criticism well. Hence, Fox or anybody that dares invoke the 1st amendment will be the flogged by "he, who must be adored". The media (except Fox) have done the country a disservice.

    June 17, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Bob C.

    Obama would love it if Fox would just go away...just as Ahmadenejad would like his opponents to get out of the way. Since he hasn't found a way to sensor Fox, he will speak out against him and get his minions to follow sheepishly.

    June 17, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Diane Panama City Fl

    If I were President Obama I wouldn't worry about FOX News. Most people with half a brain are fully aware that FOX is nothing more than lies and distortions for the gullible and stupid.

    June 17, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Ryan

    Obama isn't telling the truth. The Fox News cable channel has both praise and criticism, just as does CNN. He's not complaining about MSNBC, which is a complete cheerleader. (For the record, I watch all three channels and voted for Obama – and think he's doing a fine job early in his presidency).

    June 17, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Jamie TX

    Way to go 'O! I like to turn to Fox News because it's actually entertaining to listen for how they're going to spin something. Someone should make a drinking game out of it!

    June 17, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Tom

    Why doesn't he take questions from the FOX Reporters? Why doesn't he sit down and do an interview with FOX instead of all the other news stations that kiss up to him?

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Phil

    Awwwww, the President doesn't have 100% media coverage in his corner...only 95%!

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Tania

    Freedom of the press. But is FOX really a "press" - they sure ain't journalists!

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Denise

    Fair and balance my horses patoot! If y ou let Fox News tell it, Obama is the devil in disguise. Heck, HE IS the devil. I only watch Shepards program. He is the only rational one with integrity and is an actual journalist,

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Disbelief

    I believe in Fox's right to be critical of the President all day everyday, but what really irks me is that they complain about other news outlets (MSNBC) tilting the other way.
    According to Nielsen ratings Fox has the biggest megaphone in Cable news right now and yet they cannot knock the Presidents popularity down... Sounds like these ranters are doing a terrible job.

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Jerry

    Can you imagine? A news organization that would dare to be critical of "The One"? The nerve of those guys!! Most so called "media" in this country is dead and forgotten, the U.S. version of "Pravda", thank god for Fox news, at least someone will keep this Anti American Yahoo in check!!

    June 17, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. elijah

    Poor poor obama. You have on network devoted to criticizing you and all of the rest devoted to propagandizing for you. You have it so bad don't you. Pooky pooky wanna cookie?

    Of course, not a mention that all of the networks were devoted to talking down/destroying the economy, the war, societal and national unity for the purposes of highlighting a need for "change" when Bush was in.

    The cry baby tactics of this boy pres are unbecoming of someone who is supposed to be all that! Shut up and act like a man!

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Eric

    Obama is exactly right. No matter who you are and what side you are on this cannot be denied. FOX News' mission is to beat the president down in ever single segment they have.

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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