July 22nd, 2010
09:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Goodman: Why isn't Obama listening?

(CNN) – Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman offered a stinging critique of the White House response to the Shirley Sherrod controversy Thursday during an interview broadcast from the annual left-leaning Netroots Nation convention.

Referring to the bloggers, activists and writers who are attending the conference, Goodman asked, “[W]hy isn’t Obama listening to them the way he has listened to Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck and Fox?”

Many of the key constituencies of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party are sponsoring NetRoots, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME, MoveOn.Org as well as the Democratic National Committee's Organizing For America wing.

Asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King about conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart’s particular brand of journalism, Goodman criticized Breitbart, but also placed some blame at the foot of the Obama administration.

“I think what is of concern to people here, the bloggers, the writers, the activists, is that the Obama administration responded so quickly on his [Breitbart’s] side and had her fired, or had her resign, although ultimately they’ve been forced to turn around. They are concerned why isn’t Obama listening to them the way he has listened to Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck and Fox?” Goodman said.

Read more about the Shirley Sherrod controversy here.

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  1. No democrats, please

    He doesn't have to listen. He has a super majority in Congress–for all those slow-witted liberals/progressives this means that they don't (and never did) need a single republican vote to pass their expensive, unsustainable agenda.

    Obama's agenda will keep democrats in power for a long time–at the expense of individual freedoms and the American way of life.

    July 23, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  2. Jonathan

    Answer: probably because 85% of the actions he could take in response to listening to "you" would reduce the chances he had of lasting very long in office at all.

    Why do the political fringes in this country have such a hard time understanding that they're on the fringe? Neither the far-right nor the far-left seems to understand that anyone who followed their lead would be getting a quarter of the vote at most. These liberals need to learn that they're better off with an Obama who will do 50% of the things they like than a Republican who wouldn't even do 10% of the things they like.

    July 23, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. W.B

    Mrs, Goodman. What do you call Health Care reform, Education Reform, Wall St Reform and a list of other victories too many to list.

    July 23, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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