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In a recent Rolling Stone Interview, President Obama said the Fox News "point of view" is "destructive" to America.
Obama: "[Laughs] Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We�ve got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated. The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition � it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It�s a point of view that I disagree with. It�s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it�s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it�s that Fox is very successful."Hours later, his press secretary, man-boy Burton, praised Keith Olbermann, saying the President believes Olbermann and his MSNBC ilk are providing an invaluable service.
"And if you're on the left, if you're somebody like Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow or one of the folks who helps to keep our government honest and pushes and prods to make sure that folks are true to progressive values," Burton continued, "then he thinks that those folks provide an invaluable service."Yeah, right. Watch this "invaluable" service.
Obama's panicked cat fight with Fox is undignified and unpresidential.
And it shows how utterly tone-deaf he is towards the general populace. According to a recent Pew survey, Fox News -- in August, alone -- drew far more viewers than did CNN and MSNBC combined.
It would be nice if Obama could focus his attention on real problems, like the bailed-out GM making political contributions when it still owes billions to taxpayers. Or the ever-expanding number of Americans living in poverty.
Something, anything, more productive than childish swipes at Fox News, would be an improvement. Then again, maybe not. Perhaps it is best for everyone if his attention is exclusively focused on beating up a cable news channel.