Dear Commons Community,
The Huffington Post is reporting that in a new book to be released tomorrow, President Obama reveals his opinions of Fox News. The book, “Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party,” was authored by journalist David Corn, and is based on interviews with the President. Here is an excerpt:
“ after the midterm elections, Obama told labor leaders in December 2010 that he held Fox partly responsible for him “losing white males.…Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old,”.
President Obama also took a swipe at Fox earlier this year:
“[Obama] told Rolling Stone, “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.”
I am wholeheartedly with the President on this. Fox News is destructive.