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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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. judy

    Are people blind to the things Obama has done, always talking about what he hasn't done! Do Americans have memory loss? Forgetting the last administration's accomplishments....... invading a country, thousands of young men and women dying in the war of choice , adding billions to the deficit, killing the middle class!! Sad commentary on USA.

    July 22, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. DENNA

    I think that President is doing quite well considering the mess he inherited and the foot-dragging Rethugs trying to make him fail. The right wingers and Tea Party tinfoil hat crowd should be ashamed.

    July 22, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. valwayne

    Obama isn't listening because he is the most arrogant radical left wing ideologue we have ever elected to the Presidency. He has been backed 100% by the even more arrogant and radical Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They think that average working Americans are stupid! If you don't have an Ivy league degree or admire Mao your opinion just doesn't count. The only way to deal with the contempt that our ruling left wing Elites have for us is at the voting booth in November. A vote for any Democrat in Nov is a vote to keep those who have complete contempt for average working Americans in power!

    July 22, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. R Low

    I thank God each and every day for being able to have President Obama as our president. He's done an amazing job is his short time, he's accomplished more in a year plus than most presidents ever have, he leads this Country with compassion, intelligence, integrity, grace, inclusion, etc. and I am proud to have voted for him. Thank you Mr. President for all you do.

    July 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Ron in Indiana

    Obama isnt listening because he doesnt work for the people and therefore doesnt care what we think. He works for the big banks and wall street and he is doing their bidding. The best thing about Obama is the people are waking up to what is happening to our country.

    July 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. JLP

    Because the left wing of the dem. party wants the kind of socialism that was the mantra of the weather underground. The mainstream progressives want no part of this.

    July 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Rob NY

    She is absolutely right!!!

    July 22, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Rob NY

    She is absolutely right!!! He is afraid of the (wrong) Right but could give a crap about the people who brought him in to office.

    July 22, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. axel0

    This is a red herring. The real issue should be the patheticaly poor standards of journalism in this country which allow outright lies and distortions by vested interests to dominate the news cycle.

    The blogger lied and created an artificial event to distract attention away from accusations of racism recently targetted at the tea party. Fox News played along and went full bore on this story for two days.

    Any other news network would have fired their anchor at this point. Does our media have no standards anymore ? Stop with the red herrings, the White House's role in this sequence of events is minor at best.

    July 22, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Because he was elected to be a UNITER not a DIVIDER. Yet both the extreme left and pretty much all of the right would rather be divided.

    July 22, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Dan

    Odama has selectively neglected the concerns of the right. This approach is NOT bringing US citizens together. He fails as uniter, but prevails as divider.

    July 22, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. Betsy

    Obama acts like someone that barely made it out of middle school as opposed to graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.For someone that ran such a fine tuned campaign for the presidency he sure has lost that edge.Maybe it the extreme pressure of the job or maybe his advisors are the problem.Or else it could be a little of both.

    July 22, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Chris C

    He doesn't listen because he thinks he knows everything. The only difference between he and President Bush is that Obama acts as though he is one of us "average folk". Bush stayed in his ivory tower and never interacted with the people.

    July 22, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. william

    I'll tell you why Obama isn't listening. His handlers feel it is too unpopular to lean too far to the left politically. He doesn't understand that he runs to risk of alienating his base and that will spell trouble not only for this fall but for 2012 as well.

    July 22, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. George of the jungle

    reason is simple. This president has been put under the micro scope so much and villified so often. The white house jumped in when they thought any touch of raceism would tarnish the image they want to project. Being Black the president struggles to make sure all are treated fairly. They jumped to soon but where afraid tht the right would condem them if they waited to long.No matter someone will say he was wrong no matter what direction he goes.

    July 22, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Proud member of Global Zero

    He is listening. You are not. Do you not know how legislation gets done? It seems that everything this great man is trying to do for us must have 60 votes. The president has been in office 18 months, It is going to take the rest of this term in office. It will also take his second term. Quit complaining and work hard to get the people elected that will help him help us.

    July 22, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Jim S

    the question should be why blame the white house they were not told until the fireing

    July 22, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Chipster

    The more important question is: why is anyone still listening to Fox GOP TV? Beck, Hannity, etc. have all been exposed for manipulating stories and spreading false and misleading information. Their viewers are ridiculed for continuing to believe them when the number of false claims are stacking up like cord wood! Apparently, the GOP doesn't believe they can win on the truth. From Sherrod to distorted Brazilian oil deals to bogus ACORN videos to absolutely false claims about Van Jones, the mystery is why they don't get sued for defamation!

    July 22, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. jeff

    you really need to ask this coming from a man who said his secretary acted with out having all the facts. does this remind you of the the police officer in Mass who he called stupid without "having all the facts"

    July 22, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. BJ

    Wow, Amy Goodman from LNK TV. That was great for you CNN.

    July 22, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. marxist dogs are out of control

    These people are fascists. And despite CNN's attempt to spin this, Obama is listening to them. He has seized the banking system, the auto manufacturer, health care, the mortgage system, ad nausem.

    July 22, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. hypocricnnation

    Fantastic Job Amy Goodman!

    July 22, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. BC659

    Interesting, do you remember the SAME EXACT COMPLAINT about Bush who was "out of touch with the people/out of touch with reality." Must be a hermetically sealed capsule, the White House.

    July 22, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Bwahahahaha face it Obama or should I say Obushma is a neocon corporatist! He isn't a liberal at all he talks the talk and thats it! I'm waiting for Bush's 3rd term to end.

    July 22, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. sellman

    AFL-CIO, SEIU- nice company to keep. The lazy and dumb kids from high school want to make as much money as the college educated but without having to do the work. Community organizin' goin do it!

    July 23, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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