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. landshark

    I agree Mr. Obama. Please continue to spend lots of time with your wife and children!

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Jason

    Obama better get use to it. It is entirely true that media has been too easy on you. Now a lot of people getting to see exactly what kind of politician you are, you will get criticize a lot more often especially the policies you stand for. You deserve to get criticized and if you cannot stand them, quit!

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Derek

    At least one network is critical of him. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and especially MSNBC are clearly pro-Obama. This is really nothing new. It's been painfully obvious since Obama announced he was running for office.

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Ty Coon

    Too bad for the whining we have to hear from a Chicago community organizer. Crybabying because not ALL T.V., channels aren't sycophantic droolers for SOCIALISM ??! What a twerp !!

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Sidney Jacobs

    This fool is living in a fantasy land.
    Accountable? Transparent?
    Only thing true about his statement is that he has been "accessible"
    Obama just cannot get enough face time for himself on TV.
    You go FOX News. Tell it like it really is.

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Bob

    It's tough being charge, as President Obama is discovering, it is much easier to over throw an administration then run one.
    Hopefully he will soon realize that disagreements over his policies are different then so called attacks of his adminstration.
    The miracle of our country is that we have a balance of power, and that it is OK to challenge and differ on policy.

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. walleye

    Well Mr. President is ABOUT TIME you went after these hate spewing, racist networks. I am sick and tired of watching two versions of the same news story on different channels. Being critical of your administration and policys is OK, but lying and misleading the public is not.

    June 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Jean in Georgia

    Obama is so right about this. Even when they are not criticizing him, there is something in their expressions when they speak his name. Fair and balanced...I don't think so. CNN is my choice!

    June 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. elaine

    Way to go, Mr. Prez!!! About time someone calls on FOX's biased news, if you call it that.

    June 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. LT in Texas

    FOX needs to change its initials to

    RUSH or

    HPOTUS – Hate Potus

    IS there really any unbiased network anymore?

    CNN tries, but sometimes I wonder!

    June 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. woodburn

    To say that FOX news is fair and balanced is absurd!! Anybody who watches FOX will quickly learn that FOX is about as impartial as Rush the Blimp Limbaugh

    June 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Weli

    Sometimes I wonder if Fox news is American. They are total morons.

    June 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. jm

    Shut up whiner. This man cannot take criticism. Imagine the hissy fit he'd be throwing if he were treated like any other president.

    June 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Carl

    If the network in question is indeed Fox news then I don't know why
    anyone should be surprised or even disgruntled. Considering the
    mental capacity of those who work on that network we should offer
    them pity and try to be more compassionate.

    June 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. john

    It is about time! Fox is a complete joke and is way to negative on all things!

    June 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    fix news has been very critical of president Obama ..and most of the time the information is not true

    June 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Dan

    I *love* that man!

    June 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Dan

    a.k.a., Fixed News, like Rush Limbaugh on your tv. I truly wonder how people with a conscience can work at a place like that, and not feel dirty at the end of the day? News? Journalism? Fair and Balanced? Yeah right.

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Steve

    Carefully orchestrated propoganda is not "openness", Barry. Get real.

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Free Thinker

    This president is such a cry baby! He has the whole main stream media in the tank for him and can't stand one news outlet that actually gives both sides of an issue?! He needs to grow up! What he really wants is a Pravda like state run media! With the direction he is taking the country we will probably have it!!

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. MartinSA

    The irony of this ticker is steeped. CNN and CNBC attempt to emphasize that their competitor is being mean to the President. Talk about validation issues.

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Brian in MD

    Obama is just upset that Fox isn't fawning over him like the rest of the news orgs. Not that I watch them but there is a reason why Fox is #1 is ratings. Maybe when these other news orgs start asking the tough questions they will gain some credibility and respect from the viewers.

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. RGR

    Of course FOX is the only news with some sort of integrity in reporting what is going on. The White House have show an incredible signs of corruption and miss use of power, never seen before. So I don't blame Obama if someone is finding out your Chicago shenanigans and misappropriation of the Americans tax payers funds you will call them out. CNN should follow their lead, and show some reporting and news integrity.

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. dobeman

    I suppose that having CBS run a special on your Health Care Proposal FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, isn't the same thing?

    I dunno, pretty much sounds like the same thing to me.

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Phil

    FOX is full of "personalities" that run like a leaky toilet, faux journalists and talking Barbie dolls - just pull their stings and watch their lips move.

    What a joke! Where is Cronkite when he is most needed?!

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