President Obama Laments Rush Limbaugh And Fox News’ Influence On Public Debate
In a soon-to-be-released interview with The New Republic, President Obama reportedly laments the negative influence Fox News and Rush Limbaugh can have on the congressional debate over various pieces of legislation.
The president told TNR editor Frank Foer and owner Chris Hughes that “One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates.”
The media can either help break or uphold partisan gridlock, the president said, adding that “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”
The president also conceded that “he same dynamic happens on the Democratic side,” but in his mind, “the difference is just that the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word.”
Anyone with half a brain laments Fox "News'' affect on politics. Rush's too. It's too bad that more politicians don't have Christie's moxy to stand up and do what is right for his constituents and tell the media they can go hang if they don't approve.
It should be possible for people to have political disagreements and debate without vilifying and name-calling. Limbaugh (who is an entertainer, not a journalist) makes a fortune by doing the opposite. I doubt he can really talk about any policy issue in any depth. He just knows how to try to make the person he disagrees with seem like they are unAmerican. Fox isn't a real news network, they are a propaganda machine for the GOP and as such, it's in their best interest NOT to try to debate intelligently.
I have heard left-leaning radio hosts do similiar things, but really - how many of them are there?
"Whether you are liberal or conservative, libertarian,
moderate or politically agnostic, everyone should be concerned when
leaders of our government believe they can intentionally try to
delegitimize a news organization they don’t like.
In fact, if you are a liberal – as I am – you should be the most
offended, as liberalism is founded on the idea of cherishing dissent and
an inviolable right to freedom of expression.
That more liberals aren’t calling out the White House for this
outrageous behavior tells you something about the state of liberalism in
While I am a strong conservative, I have to express my respect for Ms. Powers in this statement, and agree with it totally. It does say something very clear about the state of liberalism in America today. The alphabet media has degenerated into a pool of butt-kissing lemmings who are following obama off into the land of socialism. Liberal journalist have YET to call obama out for a single thing. Accusing Limbaugh/FOX of their negative influence is absolutely ludicrous in view of the alphabet media's own behavior. Not only have they refused to confront obama regarding one single thing, their refusal allows the cover-up of so many things that should be on the front page of every news paper, station, radio, and tv program.