October 27th, 2009
04:53 PM ET
11 years ago

Jarrett makes, retracts charge Fox is biased

(CNN) - The White House carefully continued its assault on Fox News Tuesday, as a senior White House adviser told CNN's Campbell Brown that the network was "of course" biased against the Obama administration, but immediately backtracked slightly.

Speaking at the Women's Conference in California, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said the Obama administration is "calling everybody out" when it comes to "patterns of distortion" - echoing the Democratic National Committee's "Call 'em Out" campaign that targets critics of the president's health care plan.

To the question of whether Fox News is biased, Jarrett replied: "Well, of course they're biased. Of course they are."

But when Brown followed up by asking Jarrett if she thinks MSNBC is biased, she quickly downplayed her original remark. "Actually, I don't want to generalize all of Fox is biased or that another station is biased. I think what we want to do is look at it on a case-by-case basis," she said. "When we see a pattern of distortion, we're going to be honest about that pattern of distortion....

"We're actually calling everybody out. So this isn't anything that's simply directed at Fox. We just want the American people to have a really clear understanding," said Jarrett.

Watch Campbell Brown's interview with Valerie Jarrett Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CNN

soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. cora

    You no it's a shame SHEPARD SMITH is the only one has good sense on that FAKE NEWS STATION.

    October 27, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Expat American

    The White House need not concern itself with Fox News; in fact they are wasting their time addressing Fox news in the first place.

    There is freedom of speech in this country, just as they are many people who will never travel further than 10 miles from their place of birth and believe that any brown person is a terrorist and that their local dairy queen will be the next ground zero. Let these people watch their Fox News; they need it.

    October 27, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. gl, Pittsburgh

    Campbell Brown's I don't watch her show. I stop watching her show after the elections.

    October 27, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. gl, Pittsburgh

    No matter when I turn on Fox new, someone on their is talking bad about the President. Fox is very biased toward the President.

    October 27, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Jasmine in Germany

    Fox News is biased, and they are are responsible for "dumbing down" a good part of America. Unfortunately, greed is more important than ethics to them. I'm pleased the White House has finally spoken out.

    October 27, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Nija

    Fox news claimed that CNN did not cover the Tea party. Distortion of course. I will never listen to Fox except Fox Soccer Channel, at least they cannot change the game.

    October 27, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    I checked with the September 2009 rankings among Cable News, and yes CNN and MSNBC have lost ground. However ....... both CNN & MSNBC split the Independent & Liberal audience. Faux News gets ALL the far-right people.

    Here is the thing, speaking solely for Liberals, I know that we do not stay glued to our Lazy-boys every night watching CNN or MSNBC! We have LIVES! We READ....... we volunteer, we are active in our communities, we attend bible study (I do!), we go to the movies, theatre, etc.

    Whereas the GOPers are not like that. My conservative friends including my parents, watch the news 24/7! They are addicted to Faux News, believe me.

    Polls show that 21% of Americans claim to be GOP, that means that Faux News has 21% of conservatives watching........ SO what?

    October 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Phat Elvis

    Of course Fox is biased. it makes no bones about its conservative slant then lies about being 'fair and balanced. that said, MSNBC is biased too. Olbermann is as bad as Hannity (ok maybe a little less), Matthews is right on, that guy on fox news sunday is ok.
    But really, if you want news, dont tune in to either one. if you want entertainment, pick your side and enjoy the show, because that's what it is.

    October 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Obama fails= Americans win

    Wow! Do I smell liberal panic? Its like they are hanging on to a sinking ship. Id throw you a lifesaver, but i want to watch you go under.

    October 27, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Larry S

    When are you lack luster liberal going to accept the poor performance of oBLAHma. You can not accept responsibility and you tell continuous lies and blame others. One of the facts is . . . the current president is not a leader.

    October 27, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Dave

    Fox isn't biased. They like conservatives and right-wingers.

    October 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Proud Member..Party of No

    lol....man, what a bunch of losers that make up the Obama administration. These people have not a clue as to what they are doing. Is it 2012 yet?

    October 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Maria

    We all know that all TV networks are biased, for example take CNN, they were very supportive of President Obama since he started campaigning to become President, while Fox supported McCain. Now the problem here is that by banning or calling out on specific networks start creating what Venenzuela, Cuba and even Mexico has. Only those that support the President are allowed to make statements. This is communism and not the right of freedom of speech.

    October 27, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. T Mckinley

    Faux Noise IS biased against our President. Only a right-wing idealogue would try to deny what is obvious to everybody else.

    October 27, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. JES

    What a joke is there a waffle in there someplace.

    October 27, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. Equality for all

    FOX News is an oxymoron. They are a purely profit driven, entertainment network, owned by Rupert Murdock, one of the most right wing zillionaires out there.

    October 27, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Democrats = party of hate!

    Wait... So what was her answer about MSNBC?? Are they bias or not??

    October 27, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. T Mckinley

    Faux Noise-the official cable "news" channel of the Confederate States of America.

    October 27, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Robert

    Fox can't have it both ways. Every time (which is almost daily) some one conclusively shows Fox lying or fabricating (like all the YouTube videos showing the Fox News producers directing the cheering of tea-baggers at an allegedly "grass roots" rally), Glen Beck and his cronies will say "Hey, we're just entertainment. You're not supposed to take us seriously!" Then when the White House and the legitimate press decides to treat them like the clowns they are, they scream "We're a legitimate news organizations! You can't discriminate against us! What about freedom of the press!" Where were the "freedom of press" cries when Fox News was labeling anyone who even questioned Bush's decisions (like going into a Iraq) as traitors and accused them of "giving comfort and aid to terrorists". Face it conservatives- you lost big time, you're in the minority, and you're a bunch of sore losers. Take your ball and go home. The country does not want or need you.

    October 27, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. John

    One sure way to handle the bias of FOX News is to do like I do, ignore them completely.

    I have refused to watch that network for years and will continue to boycott them and their sponsors.

    That's the nice thing about living in America, we have choice in our viewing and I for one refuse to support a network that ignores the needs of middle class America.

    October 27, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. John

    Fox is the only place to get all of the stories. To Obama supporters it looks biased because Fox is the only one writing about the bad things Obama has done and is doing, as well as the good things he has done and is doing. Where as CNN, MSNBC, etc. only write about the good and not the bad. Fox is the only place to get the whole story, they are the only ones who have refused to be paid off to keep quiet or intimidated to be quiet by Obama. We as americans are very lucky we have FOX news, and that is obvious when FOX's ratings are the highest on tv. I bet the people of Nazi Germany wished they had something like FOX news, instead of just what the government wanted them to hear.

    October 27, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Doug

    Wow, this comment by Ms. White House is pathetic. The Kool Aid kids have done a horrible job so far, but they will work hard to save her job! You know like Biden said last week, if you are working ,we are working for you, to save your jobs. Now if only America would go to an open area, we could wave to the sky and wait for our salvation tfrom Air Force One. It is still flying isn"t it? She hired the MRS. President, she will always have a Big Job.

    October 27, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. kid in america

    I've got news for everyone all news stations are biased it's not hard to realize this, my junior year government class discussed biases on news reports from all the major news casts. Just because a fox news doesnt follow obama like a bunch of media influenced zombies doesnt make it any more biased then any of the other news programs.

    October 27, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    No, the only difference about Fox News is that they actually present both sides of these issues instead of just the liberal side.
    It very fair if you actually watch it for a while. Bill O'Reilly regularly takes the side to support the Administration's side...when it is warranted.

    Isn't it a better situation when issues are debated in public? Don't expect both sides from ABC, NBC or CBS. You will not get them.

    October 27, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Jimmy Carter, Part 2

    People need jobs in this country and Obama and his silly staff are concerned about being criticized by a news organization?


    October 27, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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