Obama: ‘Of course’ Fox News is unfair
February 3rd, 2014
08:59 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama: ‘Of course’ Fox News is unfair

(CNN) – Fox News Channel, the cable giant whose conservative primetime hosts regularly go after President Barack Obama, is “of course” unfair in its attacks, Obama argued in an interview aired on the network Monday.

The sit-down, conducted by Bill O’Reilly, was taped after a live grilling Sunday night in which O’Reilly quizzed the president on health care, the IRS scandal over the targeting of political action groups and the attack at a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya – all issues conservatives argue were Obama’s fault.

Asked if he was unfair to Obama, the president responded to O'Reilly: "Of course you are, Bill. But I like you anyway.”

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“This list of issues you asked about – they’re defined by you guys in a certain way,” Obama continued. “But this is OK. If you want to be president of the United States, then you know you’re going to be subject to criticism,” Obama said, adding he thought the conservative bent has “made Fox News very successful.”

“Here’s what you guys are going to have to figure out: What are you going to do when I’m gone?” Obama asked.

Later, asked if he was the “most liberal president in history,” Obama suggested that Republican President Richard Nixon’s policies could be seen as further to the left.

“When you look at some of my policies, in a lot of ways Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was,” he said, citing the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency during Nixon’s presidency.

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soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. plain and simple

    I laugh at the blind hatred that gushes out of some people's mouths. I was no fan of Bush but didn't hate the man or even wish him ill will. What motive can a person have to release such vitriol at this man? Really? There is a sickness consuming the haters and only they can stop it. Never going to happen so the President is correct again. They HAVE to find someone or something to direct their anger at! They can't look at themselves! Fools never suffer silently.

    February 4, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Bigdoglv

    All you Fox bashers out there, where do you get your news that does not have a political slant to it? Nowhere.

    February 4, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    When Darrell Issa's witch hunt could find nothing that supported the Fox conspiracies, most media media stopped the stupidity. But, not Fox. Nothing about the peace talks in Iran, nothing about removing weapons in Syria, nothing about job creation, nothing about the auto industry, bin Laden, etc. Fox News has shown to be the choice tool for idiots

    February 4, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. TONE

    The President is spot on, fox news is trash news no truths all lies racist comments, and racist guests can never give this black man a pass even when he killed ben laden, anything he does even if it is good for America they always find a way to critisize him.

    February 4, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    he told it like it is. O'Reilly is certainly not the worst of them, but he doesn't like Obama and will do what he can to help his fellow haters on Faux Snews to undermine him at any opportunity

    February 4, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. countingdown

    Of course you would say that. Just like all liberals YOU CAN'T DEFEND YOUR OWN COLOSSAL FAILURES, so your only option is to blame fox, and conservatives. Mister president, if fox didn't stand up for America who would? If a hand full of House members didn't stand up for America, who would. If your agenda went unchecked, unfettered spending with unlimited debt would have America in a hole impossible to escalate. Stop complaining about FOX and BUSH and GOP and TEA PARTY. Stop screwing working America and work to restore jobs and the economy.

    February 4, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. texasnotea

    Just typical gop nonsense. CNN is NOT the problem, the republican party is the problem. Gop'ers are so accustomed to watching fake fox and seeing the President attacked 24/7 they don't see the truth when it is told the truth by actual news media. Fox is just an electronic tabloid similar to National Inquirer.

    February 4, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Babyboomer

    I'm so glad the President is now in a position where he can really speak his mind. Since he doesn't have to worry about getting elected anymore, he seems to bite his tongue less and less. I only wish he had been able to do it sooner. Bill O and Fox News have done nothing to move OUR country forward. All they have done is try to hold us back and I for one am glad the President can address that now...

    February 4, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |

    Amazing how many ignorant people we still have in this country.

    February 4, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
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