Media Not Liberal Enough For Obama, He Wants Them Blaming Republicans All The Time


It’s no secret that President Obama is no fan of Fox News, but he’s also critical of the rest of the media to. It’s not enough that they consistently frame the issues in such a way that is favorable to his side. No, he wants them to put their bias on full display and blatantly blame the Republicans for everything.

“One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates,” he tells editor [New Republic] Frank Foer and owner and publisher Chris Hughes. “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 same dynamic happens on the Democratic side,” he said. “I think the difference is just that the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word. And I think at least leaders like myself—and I include Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in this—are willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.”

The president also faulted nonpartisan media outlets for their adherence to “he said, she said” journalism, which places equal blame on Democrats and Republicans when, according to the president, Republicans should bear more blame.

“[T]hat’s one of the biggest problems we’ve got in how folks report about Washington right now, because I think journalists rightly value the appearance of impartiality and objectivity,” Obama told Foer and Hughes. “And so the default position for reporting is to say, ‘A plague on both their houses.’ On almost every issue, it’s, ‘Well, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree’—as opposed to looking at why is it that they can’t agree. Who exactly is preventing us from agreeing?” (Read More)

Considering that the editor of the New Republic donated to Obama’s campaign I’m sure he’ll be happy to oblige Obama’s wishes.