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. Amy

    Even the president of Fox news is a huge republican donor. Rupert Murduch said that Obama was dangerous..i mean who is in his pocket these days? What more proof do you need?Find me a type of the MSNBC -president- or CEO saying the same thing. You wont find one cause no one would say it in public unless they were this bold. Murdoch has his ratings and he knows whose side he and his company are on. They still have their freedom of speech as does Rush. No biggie. Just dont expect me to view them as objective ..when the head guy says he's on the other side.

    October 27, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Truth Matters

    Bias isn't the problem, that is easy to identify. It is the intentional lies and distortions that are the problem that all Americans should denounce loudly and clearly.

    We have one of the most courageous leaders in modern history taking a stand and calling those out, who's goal is to deceive the American people.
    We all must do the same, (regardless of political affiliation), otherwise we are condoning it.

    October 27, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. ggb

    I applaud FOX news for their brave reporting, bringing the unsavory facts about the WH to the people and enouraging us to "ask bold questions". Once they report, I check facts with my own research and yes, your poor sheep" will too one day see the light.

    October 27, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Dissident

    I'm glad Fox is biased and is trying to take down the Obama administration!!!! We all need to ban together to defeat this socialist and all his thugs!!! Trillionn of dollars in new debt with nary a discussion?? Disagree and you're placed on an enemies list. Hope you libs are prepared for the coming political apocolypse. You're all GOING DOWN.

    October 27, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Moderate ff09

    Interestingly all of the emotions that the conservatives and right wingers are having toward Obama...these are the same emotions most of the democrats in the country had toward Bush. It doesn't feel good does it. We had to endure 8 years of it.

    And by the way, those that feel it is OK to make threats toward our president. You are this country's radical extremists. Not much different than those radical extremists around the world.

    October 27, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Jose

    Well, Republicans are very well brain washed by fox and Right wing radio. Do not you think, all the time, from 24×7, cycle, they just keep bashing the liberals.

    Republican Brain-Washed think, by just bashing smart liberals and the government. you guy think your making progress in american.

    You will end-up your life Angry, and Brain-washed and Useless to this Great Country.

    Think Smart before you talk. Just do not repeat what you hear from RADIO and FOX News

    October 27, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Truth Matters

    It isn't about the bias, it is about the lies and distortions.
    The sole intent of the conservative media to deceive the American people and it is all easily documented and proven.

    Don't leave it up to the Administration to take on the Liars all alone. It is up to all Americans to call them out. They lie to us like we are dumbbells. Don't let them get away with it.
    You can't depend on the mainstream media to call them out. They stand by as observers, as if they have no responsibility whatsoever to the American public.

    October 27, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Michael

    FOX is clearly biased and is filling their news-starved followers with fear. Fear sells! Calling them out is a good thing.

    October 27, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. John

    The GOP "JUST CAN'T HANDLE " the fact that President Obama is POTUS ( half black) and slowly turning OUR Country around. I feel GREAT!!!
    Not slowly but extremly fast. Right around to the Jimmy Carter administration days. Gosh how miserable those days were, Thank God for Ronnie. Not a POTUS but a HIATUS (hiatuses of thought).
    He is single handedly destroying in what took over 200 years to build in as little as 1 year. Yeah, I FEEL GREAT TOO!!! You were probably the idiot on the stret corner who thaught Palin was his running mate, which could be due to you only watch ESPN and CNN.
    By the way contrary to popular oppinion, WE DONT OWE YOU ANYTHING.

    October 27, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Jane wants the truth

    I want the truth about what is going on in our country/world. When a news channel is willing to report the facts and ask the difficult quesitons then that station has my attention. When the station shows a bias such as salivating over BHO, then that station does not deserve the attention because they are not going to ask the tough questions or report when things are not going so well. Take the good with the bad and get on with it. The WH is attacking FOX because FOX is not slobbering all over the administration. They are challenging the administration and its choices and look at how they are reacting. Maybe the administration does have something to hide out there or just are too thin skinned to take it.

    When there is no place to challenge the leaders of this country then what does it say about the people (complacent......) and the leadership (shut 'em up at all costs so I always look good and to the garbage with freedom of speech).

    October 27, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. The President Sucks

    So are you trying to tell me that CNN isn't biased? The Liberals are definately in a panic because they are failing at everything. Keep sinking !!!! I'm loving every minute of it.

    October 27, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. JD

    MSNBC is owned by GE, GE is the 5th largest at spending money for lobbying.........GE makes wind turbines............MSNBC huge pusher of Obama and attacker of anything in his way (( thier way ))........Cap and trade.........money goes to GE. That's why she ran from it. For anyone who hated the Cheney-Haliburton situation, what are your thoughts on this? As a note, GE, huge provider of medical supplies, and I'll let you draw that one backwards.

    October 27, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Dianne

    MSNBC has good news coverage. The morning shows report the news also. They usually let you know where the information originates and you can verify the source. CNN reports negative one week ande positive the next. When news is slow CNN stirs the pot a bit. They also let the republicans off the hook while pinning down the dems. MSNBC has held both parties at times to the fire. CNN also seems to be against the public option which must have good health care. Even though MSNBC may have good health care they favor the public option for the masses of Americans without good care. I remember how CNN would not carry Obama's informercial because they felt it was not be fair to McCain. On that same night Larry King had McCain on his show. Previously, McCain would not accept an invitation on Larry's show. CNN is biased sometimes also.

    October 27, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Lois

    Of course FOX NEWS is BIAS especially Hannity and Beck ... President Obama WON get over it..better still get out of the way and stop trying to derail everything he does.

    October 27, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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