Thursday, June 18, 2009

Q: Why is Obama Afraid of Fox News

A: It's the only network willing to ask him tough questions!

People are starting to ask why Obama and many of his minions are afraid to appear on Fox News? Neil Cavuto raised the topic of Obama's distaste for Fox News in this video:

Cavuto's piece makes it clear that Obama's view of Fox News is one that he has long held. Apparently, he seems to prefer networks which give him a pass on many of the tough questions.

On Tuesday, John Harwood of CNBC DID get an interview with Obama and he asked him about fawning media coverage in general. Obama's answer led to another slam against Fox News:

Transcript: Obama On The Economy, Iran
John Harwood
16 Jun 2009

HARWOOD: Last question. When you and I spoke in January, you said—I observed that you hadn't gotten much bad press. You said it's coming. Media critics would say not only has it not come, but that you have gotten such favorable press, either because of bias or because you're good box office, that it's hurting the country, because you're not being sufficiently held accountable for your policies. Assess that.

Pres. OBAMA: It's very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration. I mean, you know, that's a pretty...

HARWOOD: I assume you're talking about Fox.

Pres. OBAMA: Well, that's a pretty big megaphone. And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front. I think that, ultimately, my responsibility is to provide the best possible decision making on behalf of the American people at a time where we've got a lot of big problems. And, you know, we welcome people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions. And I think that I've been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months—press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all.....
Yeah, so transparent that we don't know how much your date night to New York cost. Or who authorized the Air Force One flyover which panicked New York or why you refuse to release the CIA memos which former Vice President Cheney claims show that waterboarding JUST THREE terrorists saved lives. But that's another story.

Fox News THAT Threatening?

But is Fox News really that threatening to President Obama that he has to hide from them? Good grief, they are only a cable channel! Granted, they get more viewers than CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and CNN Headline News combined but Fox News is still only the 4th largest cable channel.

Nationwide there are more than 114.5 million television households. Of those, the overwhelming majority still get their news from the "Big Three" broadcast networks: ABC, NBC and CBS. NBC, which consistently leads network news ratings, is widely considered to be in the tank for Obama with questions being raised about it's parent company General Electric's plan to profit from Obama policy initiatives.

It's pretty clear to critical Obama watchers that the man thinks that fawning "news" coverage of him is fair news coverage. Apparently facing tough, critical questions would be an affront to his oversized ego and hence, cannot be allowed.

Let's face it: Obama is a coward!

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