President Obama and Fox: Here We Go Again

Obama and FNCWhat is it about liberals and Fox News?  And by “what is it” I mean why do even the smart ones get dopey when the subject turns to Fox?

The other day, President Obama said in an interview with the New Republic, “One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. 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.”

I have two thoughts on this, two opposing thoughts, but both, I think that are true.

First, I think the president is on to something.  Too many Republicans (including a few in power positions) are afraid to denounce the screwiest on the Right.  I have the “birthers” in mind, those chuckleheads who think President Obama is an alien from another galaxy, or at best, that he was born in Kenya. If some Republicans are afraid of those geniuses why should it shock us to think they might be afraid to take on far more sane conservatives like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity?

And there’s certainly a conservative slant to a lot of other programs on Fox, which the president, understandably, would not like. Fox and Friends, for example, looks like a news program, but it’s an opinion show — and a lot of the opinions are anti-Obama.  I can see where that would annoy the president and his supporters,though I would think they wouldn’t have much time to worry about things like that as long as Iran, North Korea and the economy are still around to occupy his time.

But that’s all I’ll give the president.  Like so many other liberals he apparently knows virtually nothing about Fox News.  First of all, Sean Hannity isn’t the whole network.  If he were, I’d be angry too.

Does the president even know the name Bret Baier?  Does he know about his newscast, Special Report, which I think is the best on television?  Does he think he gets unfairly trashed on that program?

How about Chris Wallace and Fox News Sunday?  Does he really think Wallace is in the tank for Republicans?

Does he know that Fox has liberal commentators on all day long who sing his praises?  Has he ever watched Shepard Smith, who thinks he has no biases but he does – and they’re not conservative.

The problem the president and a lot of other liberals have with Fox is that it’s not in the bag for him the way almost all the other major news outlets are.  On Fox, conservatives are allowed to express their opinions.  I know, I know:  Oh, the humanity!

It’s interesting, isn’t it, that the president, who doesn’t like Fox but we’re supposed to believe respects honest journalism, isn’t troubled by Newsweek’s covers – one showing him with a halo over his head, another just a week ago showing a solemn president with the caption “Second Coming.”

If he wants a strong, fair press why isn’t he troubled by Steve Kroft’s softball interview with him and Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes the other night?

Okay, silly question.  He’s not troubled by the many admirers he has in the press because … well, because they admire him. Or as Kirsten Powers, a liberal commentator on Fox, elegantly put it in a piece on the Fox News Web site: “The president seems more comfortable talking to ‘real journalists’ such as Chris Hughes, who asked the question that elicited Obama’s reflexive Fox hatred. Hughes is the new owner of TNR and is a former major Obama campaign donor and organizer who was featured on the cover of Fast Company, with the headline, ‘The Kid Who Made Obama President.’ You can’t make this stuff up.”

I guess you can’t.  Mr. Obama, again like so many liberals, isn’t satisfied with the slobbering he gets from NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, and just about every major newspaper in the country.  That, apparently, isn’t enough.  He wants everyone in the media to adore him.  “They [the president and his people] can’t stand the fact that they no longer have a monopoly,” as Charles Krauthammer correctly put it.

So here’s what I’m wondering: Is Mr. Obama simply thin-skinned or is he really waging a war on Fox, a war started back in 2009 by his administration, which attempted to delegitimize the network by telling anyone who would listen that Fox is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican National Party?

If he’s thin-skinned, that’s his problem.  If he’s waging a war on a news organization, that’s something we should all care about – especially liberals, since they’re the ones who are constantly telling us how open-minded they are, how much they care about the free expression of ideas, and how much they respect dissent.

Memo to my liberal friends: Lies are the things we tell ourselves to make us feel better about ourselves.  Take note.

Here’s my free advice to President Obama:  Calm down.  Everybody loves you in what passes for the mainstream media.  I didn’t call my book “A Slobbering Love Affair” for nothing.  Believe it or not, a lot of commentators on Fox love you too, Mr. President, which you might know if you watched the network every now and then.

Okay, Hannity wouldn’t say a good word about you if you came up with a cure for cancer.  But how bad can that be when you know Hannity’s evil twin over at MSNBC still gets a thrill running up his leg every time you open your mouth to speak.

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  • turtl2

    Bernie: Respectfully, with regard to your “birther” comment. Am I a “chucklehead” because I believe that Obama’s birth status is important? I’m referring to Article Two of the Constitution which requires that the President be a “natural born Citizen”. I’m sure you know that in order to qualify for that distinct category both parents of an individual must have been Citizens of this Country. That, of course, is not the case with Obama, so does believing that he fails the test imposed by the Constitution make me a chucklehead?

  • jazzdrums

    There is no debate going on for the MSM to frame…he is still campaigning, trying to organize..that is all he knows..he hardly thinks about foreign policy…he is looking to get back a super majority post 2014 elections and he does this by burning our gas and flying around the country at over 180k and hour….out of the 30-40 individuals populating the 5 or 6 sunday shows there was not a reporter among them..they are commentators in the tank for bama and the worst is george s…who has the wh talk points down in his head….

  • http://twitter.com/ideabuddy Mr.D

    What about you. You have a streak of sanity as well. I saw it in your there really is a ‘war on women’ piece last year.

  • BenDoubleCrossed

    Media Corporations are Special Interests

    Prior to 1975 citizens were not required to register with the Federal Election Commission and form PACs before pooling money to publish political opinions and the Republican and Democratic parties were allowed to endorse candidates in newspapers owned and operated by their parties.

    Do you believe newspaper or broadcasters would promote election reforms that restrict freedom of speech and the press if they had not first met in smoke filled rooms with lawmakers and worked out the details of legislation exempting them from those restrictions? If this appears to be the kind of special interest corruption that election laws were suppose to prevent, IT IS!

    The Press Exemption: 2 USC 431 (9) (B) The term “expenditure” does not include – (i) any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, unless such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate;

    The press exemption divides use of the printing press into two categories: The regulated majority, every living U.S. Citizen, political party and political organization and the unregulated commercial media including foreign owned newspapers operating in the United States.

    “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society–the farmers, mechanics, and laborers–who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government.” – President Andrew Jackson

    An editorial is a marketing gimmick invented by newspapers in the 1920s to suggest to the reading public that newspaper staffs are objective and not inserting their own views into debates. But reporters are people and being subjective is inherent.

    There is no difference between a newspaper endorsing a candidate or issue and a PAC, 527 or 501 corporations doing the same. Editorials are merely a state approved violation of campaign laws that apply to everyone else.

    To restore equal rights to flesh and blood individuals and groups, the language of 2 USC 431 (9) (B) (i) should be modified to include citizens and citizens groups!

    The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights denies Congress authority to regulate the tools of political campaigns: speech, press and assembly.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The State Constitutions are where the individual rights of speech, press and assembly are found. That is why the representatives from the original 13 States to the Constitutional Convention demanded a Bill of Rights to deny the Federal government authority to regulate those rights.

    Florida Constitution

    ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

    SECTION 4. Freedom of speech and press.—Every person may speak, write and publish sentiments on all subjects but shall be responsible for the abuse of that right. No law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press. In all criminal prosecutions and civil actions for defamation the truth may be given in evidence. If the matter charged as defamatory is true and was published with good motives, the party shall be acquitted or exonerated.
    History.—Am. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision No. 13, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

    SECTION 5. Right to assemble.—The people shall have the right peaceably to assemble, to instruct their representatives, and to petition for redress of grievances.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Wischkaemper/100000008210596 Joel Wischkaemper

    It would be so very nice if we could see a future that was realistic.

  • Souvoter

    I think you are part of the problem when you think people are on the far right when they want their leaders to abide by the constitution, etc. and by the way; check out Obama’s speech in Hawaii when he said he was glad to have been raised in Hawaii; not born and raised. Slip of the tongue??!!

  • ksoileau

    I like the way Greg Gutfeld puts it:
    Obama complaining about Fox News is like the college football player who badmouths the one cheerleader who won’t sleep with him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Hale/1434459215 Bill Hale

    I run across these “open minded” liberal types all the time. They never watch Fox News, “faux news”, yet, just automatically assume everything on the network is simply a lie, When you cross reference what you say with info from another source, or better yet, from a government publication, they have a meltdown and lapse into some tirade about racism, sexism, war mongering, or some kind of Obama-hatred syndrome. This is usually when I tell them how to pronounce faux.

  • http://twitter.com/dchrist81 david christoph

    tyrants such as Obama can only succeed by silencing the voice of the informed opposition

  • DOOM161

    In my experience, the people that think Fox News is more biased than CNN have never actually seen Fox News.

  • Gloria

    If his skin were any thinner we’d be able to see the cold blood coursing through his veins. He will not be satisfied until 100% of the media is in the tank for him. 85% (and that’s being generous) is just not enough. If he can control the media to that degree, then he will have COMPLETE control of the Congress and the country and will even more easily substitute his vision of America for the one that existed for over 200 years before this “second coming”. The implementation of that vision is already well on its way. If Fox can get on board, it will be a ‘fait au complet’ – that’s French for our descent into European socialism.

  • Juan Motie

    There is a mental illness out there which afflicts liberals, leftist, democrats, progressives and all other evil drones on the left — it’s called Foxaphobia. Doctors have been unable to determine why the left has such an irrational fear of Fox News.

  • Gary from Texas

    This is for you moderators: FUCK OFF! Why are my posts being removed? You commie cocksuckers!

  • Gary from Texas

    Owebama IS an illegal and a constitutionally challenged President. Birthers? Yes, there are lots of us who cannot understand why Owebama spent millions to have his college transcripts sequestered; why document experts claim his birth certificate is the afterbirth of photo shop amateurs; why his first book, “Born in Kenya Raised in Indonesia” is merely an accident by a careless literary agent (didn’t Owebama even fact check the title?). And then there’s Michelle – who told a crowd that “while we were in Kenya, visiting the birthplace of my husband….”. Sorry Bernie, but there are too many examples of why MOST Americans don’t believe that Owebama is eligible to be the POTUS. Examples, like the ones above, are just a wee bit to big to be simple mistakes. I have to prove my citizenship three ways to Sunday to simply be employed by my company. Yet the President of the United States isn’t even required to present a birth certificate? The world it upside down my ‘lil Jewish friend.

  • Tim Ned

    It amazes me that I hear more denunciation of Fox News by this administration than of Iran or North Korea.

  • FloridaJim

    After thinking long about this I believe Obama has modeled himself after Adolf Hitler in the media world. He could have chosen Stalin, Chavez, Castro, Mussolini, Mao or others of that ilk but , to me, he selected Hitler who controlled the media and eventually stopped all dissenting opinions which became threatening to his plans.

    Some may think this is over the top but read and study Hitler and Obama comes close to his tactics and , like Hitler, will only get worse as he grabs more and more power and has fewer and fewer opponents speaking out. I believe Obama wants to do away with the bothersome Constitution and eliminate term limits for himself, just as FDR did.

  • Venter

    I enjoyed your article and like you I don’t understand why Obama is worried about Fox News. Obama and ALL his media friends are bullies .The MSM is also being used and disrespected by the President A great President doesn’t need a gang behind him , stroking him with words that the country is sick of hearing. Sunday;s 60 Minute Show was terrible and was turned off in 15 minutes. The body language should be studied because what I saw in 15 minutes was cake crumbs being thrown to the Americans
    Fox is stimulating because it is a balanced station that gives the left and right view points, You are given a choice to use your mind and common sense about what is heard, Real reporting is still on Fox. Thinking people and strong minded reporters are a threat to Obama . The President is thin- skinned, he is spoiled, he is stamping his feet because he can’t make FOX go away. Fox is still strong and keeping Free Speech Alive,
    Could it be that Obama goes after FOX because Hannity, Wallace, O’Reilly, Baier, Kelly, Smith (and others) are good strong reporters who might discover the real Obama and his real agenda which is unknown to Americans.???

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  • docww

    That’s why I always say “Listen more to your enemies than to your friends. It’s the only way to become truly wise.”

    I watch Fox because it’s the only network that comes close to presenting a fair perspective on many topics. Sure they tend to lean to the right, but as you say, they are more than willing to present the left’s perspective so the viewers can decide for themselves.

    You certainly won’t see this type of balance from msnbc or the other networks. As you say, they are clearly “in the bag”, falling all over each other to present the President in a good light regardless of his actual performance.

  • joer1

    It is very easy and understandable for the President to feel threatened by Fox News because he is accustomed to deferential and fawning treatment by all others. “His” media never asks anything difficult, never challenges anything he says, never asks anything that might be remotely embarrassing to his administration and NEVER asks him to accept responsibility for ANYTHING and never seek any depth in their coverage of anything. Over the last week, major media people have openly admitted these facts…. so why blame Obama? let’s just delegitimize Fox News until after the 2016 election.

  • Gizmo

    Bernie,
    You’re almost as bad as they are! IF any of the “birther” stuff ISN’T real, then WHY does he continue hiding, lawyering up & denying? Why does he have a dead man’s SSN from a State he’s never lived in? Other questions that would be common for anyone else! We have never vetted this guy, we know nothing about him. He needs to prove his citizenship just as any other POTUS has done, just as ANY of us have to do when we apply for a bank account or a loan!

  • superamerican

    And GET A CLUE Obama does not take advice from anyone, much less a rational person, much, much less a conservative.

  • superamerican

    Why people don’t understand that “The Left”, Regressives if you will, want all opposing voices stilled, is beyone me. They are neoBookBurners. Neo only that booksburning is too obvious and books are not so important except to O’Reilly. But what Republicans, for example, don’t get at all is they they are playing on the playing field that is owned by Democrats, that they are playing by the rules set by the Left-wing media who own propaganda in the U. S. They have the proverbial ring in their noses. And are losing, as we all are losing our country…so all this blogging and writing and so on is useless. We need power and money to constantly negate word by word each word stated by the Left. Unfortunately we also need to devote time to running our companies which indirectly financially support the “activists”, entertainment producers, politicians and the rest. See, we can’t win.
    The end.
    http://www.periodictablet.com

  • Boo Hoo

    Funny…Fox is under Obamans thin skin again. Obamas ego is so fragile, he just cant handle any opposition; somebody give him a pacifier.

  • Risty317

    Bernie,
    Fox News has the audacity to actually report the news without a liberal bias. Truth is, many in the media think the electorate is ignorant an uninformed. They find in necessary to add covert commentary to many news stories. You have exposed this in many of your books. A few years back I remember watching one of those forum shows where members of the media talk about themselves and news reporting in general. Sam Donaldson was talking about the concept of “fair and balanced” news reporting. He used the following example: “If I am doing a story about the pollution spewing from a manufacturing plant, and I have five studies that show it is polluting local rivers and streams, and five more studies that chronicle increased rates of disease in local area, and the company is still denying that they are responsible, I don’t want to be fair and balanced.” My immediate thought was…..wow….he must think his viewers are really stupid. Present the data, conduct the interviews, and let people decide for themselves. If the evidence is overwhelming, people will figure it out.

  • Shane

    Obama and most liberals have no tolerance for anyone who does not agree with them. Liberals believe that Fox News is quilty of blasplhemy for not worsipping Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Conservatives worship God while liberals worship their politicians. How sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curt-Parker/1267641897 Curt Parker

    Dictators are only able to rule because they silence their adversaries. Democracy thrives when there is a free exchange of divergent ideas. Which direction are we headed as a nation?

  • http://twitter.com/RobertMBailey Robert M. Bailey

    Yes, Bernie.

    Worse is the mis- and dys-information absorbed by viewers and readers who have stopped thinking but gorge themselves on media. At some point every “reporter” and host has made an erroneous comment, and irresponsibly. There are ombudsmen only in print journalism. Let’s get over that, though.

    Even with a crummy educational system at out back, it is time to recognize that no individual is always ALL good & correct, nor are they always ALL bad & incorrect.

    We’d do well–each of us, acting for ourselves–to recall AND exercise what Emerson shared in his ‘Essay on Self-Reliance’ (!!!)….

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    No matter how successful a news channel, most people never watch it. So it’s not that Obama himself doesn’t know what’s going on on Fox, but that he knows that the majority of those who hear him trash Fox News don’t know enough about Fox News to not believe him.

    • 49corvette

      True—CNN is always the ratings leader when a ” Major World Story ” occurs—hat’s off to Wolf Blitzer for Hangin’ in there—” Fox News ” has a hard time mustering ” Live / Up to the minute broadcasts ” whereas CNN locks into place with no prob—my2cents—thanx for reading

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Ivie/821714719 Charles Ivie

    For some reason conservatives will not accept the fact that liberal-progressivism is a religion and its followers are radically zealous true believers. You cannot expect rational behavior or logical thinking from from these converts no matter how intelligent they seem to be. Reasoning with a liberal is much like trying to convert a radical Muslim extremist to become a Southern Baptist minister. It just aint gonna happen.

  • fitzsimmons Photography

    Bernie,
    I really love the way you find some balance in all of your reporting. I agree with you about some of the right leaning programs on Fox but with the entire MSM leaning shamelessly to the left, there was a huge vacuum that needed to be filled. As a Conservative, I have been frustrated with the lack of balance from ALL of the other news organizations for years.

    The fear I have in all of this is Mr Obama’s ability to make lies a reality with a lot of Americans.(especially the younger generation and people who just wait breathlessly for his next dillusional thought that will fracture and divide us even more.) He loves the power of putting something out there and having his(little monsters as Lady GaGa would say) believe it and run with it!! Look what he did fto Mitt Romney. I will never forgive him for his bullying and mafia tactics!! Suellen

    • Johnny Deadline

      And that has always been Obama’s modus operandi, Suellen. Smear, besmirch, and assassinate the character of his political opponent, all the while pretending to take the high road. This guy wouldn’t know the high road if he were driving through John Daly’s Colorado Rockies.

  • EddieD_Boston

    Didn’t Nixon have an enemies list?

    • Larry B

      All presidents have enemies lists; they just don’t make the mistake (after Nixon) of writing them down.

      • EddieD_Boston

        Obama could fit his on a napkin. Bush needed a file cabinet.

        • Larry B

          Sometimes, as with Reagan, you can judge a man by his enemies.

  • Dr Ellen

    So WHAT will it take to shake up the mainstream media? All I hear is complaining but no one is offering a way to restructure the media that was probably just as biased a 100 years ago. The democrats tend to ‘own’ the media, period. They always have. QUESTION: Is there a realistic remedy for this?

  • Iklwa

    Liberals’ are in fear of Fox specifically because for so
    many decades (a century???) the media has emphatically supported the liberal
    agenda.

    One lone voice, crying in the wilderness, expressing doubts
    on the effectiveness and even the sanity (or lack thereof) of the liberal
    agenda not only hurts their feelings (everyone knows they are smarter than
    everybody else) but offends the very fibre of their moral sense to even suggest
    their programs may be wrong-headed or even downright subversive. The difference
    between Fox and the rest is that whereas Fox will actually bill a show as “opinion”
    the other networks play all of their propaganda as “fact” or “reporting”. They manipulate
    public opinion by the inclusion and more often than not the omission of pertinent
    details leading the public in the desired direction.

    Fox openly says “We report, you decide.”

    If one of your tenants is the unshakable belief in your own
    intellectual and moral superiority, how could one possibly allow the Great Unwashed
    Masses the chance to even consider or debate the facts? They should be more
    focused on dutifully paying their taxes.

    Conservatives have always been willing to debate, defend and
    otherwise fence with their opposition throughout time. Liberals’ ideology is
    inherently flawed (most of it anyway) and as such can not stand up to casual
    debate much less critical scrutiny. Hence, their willingness to use constant
    name-calling, obfuscation of the facts and character assassination to minimize their
    opposition while never touching the heart of any issue.

    A friend of mine once told me “You can know how close to the
    target you are by the amount of flack the enemy puts up.”

    I don’t think the objective of Fox is the destruction of
    liberalism. It is the sales of commercial air time.

    They like poking the hornet’s nest just to hear the buzz
    (and increase sales).

    The hornets have had a long quiet rest and now they have
    been disturbed.

  • beniyyar

    Bernie. the President attacked both Fox News and an American citizen, Rush Limbaugh thus violating the Constitutional rights of both of them. President Obama took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, and to represent ALL of the people of the United States, even and perhaps especially those Americans who disagree with him or his policies. Obama’s outrageous behavior and attacks on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are reminiscent of the infamous Nixon enemies list and have no place in the Office of the President. These attacks are immoral. unethical, and a clear and present danger to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, American democracy, and the American People. Worse, other Presidents could take this as a precedent to use the office of the President to silence and even imprison critics, much like happens in totalitarian dictatorships and rogue anti democratic states.

  • sjangers

    You’re right about FOX News, Bernie. There may be some conservative bias in their news, but it’s still a fairly even-handed operation. Certainly nowhere near as biased as CNN is to the left, or as the “big three” networks’ news shows used to be back when I did watch them.

    I think it’s fair to say that some Congressional Republicans might also be a little more willing to challenge the doyens of the conservative media and work with the President if they didn’t know that they would still be demonized by the President, his supporters, and the left-wing media outlets just as soon as they had given the President what he wanted.

    And one final thought: liberal really do respect dissent when they’re dissenting; not so much when they are the object of dissent. It’s been rather amusing to watch the evolution of this generation of liberals’ attitude on this subject as they went from anti-establishment in the Sixties to having a large role in the new establishment of the Eighties and the decades that followed. It’s human nature, I guess, but the hypocrisy and dishonesty can be a little hard to take sometimes.

    • Johnny Deadline

      You don’t even have to go that far back! When Bush II was president cars all over the People’s Republic college town I work in sported this bumper sticker: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Shortly after The Immaculated One was sworn in, dissent was suddenly the lowest form of racism.

      Hypocrisy, thy name is Liberal.

      • sjangers

        “People’s Republic” college town? Even that bumper sticker looks familiar, Johnny. I’m sure there’s probably more than one town that fits that description, but you didn’t happen to be working in Burlington, did you?

  • Ken Sandale

    Bernie, who rants about media bias, is cluerless that Fox is biased.
    He sees bias in all sorts of places where it is not–indeed the wimps in the “mainstream” media bend over backwards to side with the right-wing kooks–but does not see it where bit genuinely is.

    • Patrick H.

      Did you actually read the article? He says “And there’s certainly a conservative slant to a lot of other programs on
      Fox, which the president, understandably, would not like.” He names Fox and Friends and Sean Hannity as examples, He just points out that people like them are not the whole network and he’s right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/april.carter.10 April Carter

    Bernie, you are a fair guy and you make a great case here BUT like O’Reilly you go too far in knocking the right to show your evenmindedness. WHO on the right promotes or believes that Obama was born in Kenya? Only national figure is Trump but he clearly believes he is right( I disagree). The people who believe in the birther issue are often the same people who believe 9/11 was an inside job. Some of them are also just cynical people who wonder if perhaps Obama may have made up he was from Kenya ( based off his made up girlfriend in his book and that story that came out when he was younger a promotion claimed he was from Kenya). I totally agree with you about Obama being born in Kenya but I think you have it wrong that it is a “conservative” or “hard right” problem-no it is a “conspiracy obsessed” issue. Finally, if Obama found a cure for cancer HANNITY WOULD COMPLIMENT Obama. I think even his detractors admit Hannity is a nice guy who is more appealing than the counterparts at MSNBC.

    • Larry B

      I agree. One thing (among many!) i don’t like about O’Reilly is his constant references to “The Far Right,” without naming these nefarious rightists. When he does it with Laura Ingraham, she has the guts to go after him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/coylev Elaine Obrzut Coyle

    Are we missing something here? Isn’t silencing dissenters a sign of a totalitarian government?Obama & Co. can not abide truthful scrutiny.They wish to do what they want, & the inconvenience of the Constitution, court orders, Laws, FOX News
    & Conservative talk show hosts must be eliminated.They are doing their best to see that it happens. Will we allow it ? We must start speaking up at every opportunity.

  • Dan Haggerty

    No birther thinks Obama was born on another planet, Mr. Goldberg. What we do know is that he has never proven where he was born and has spent millions preventing other from seeing his personal records. This controversy is not caused by bIrthers, but by numerous publications, pronouncements by Obama’s family and friends and other sources that say he was, in fact, born in Kenya.

  • Tim in California

    I can accept my 18 year old daughter being a thin skinned whiner…. but when it’s the President of the United states? That’s pathetic… As usual, Bernie eloquently puts in words whats been spinning in my shallow conservative head for years… Mr. Obama is a thin skinned whiner…

    • Johnny Deadline

      Yeah, if it weren’t for those stupid constitutional checks and balances and our right to freedom of speech, the whole country would know how brilliant and bedazzling The Immaculated One really is. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/terri.vines.9 Terri Vines

    Obama is a narcissist, people like him can’t stand ANY criticism !!

    • 49corvette

      “True Statement”—my2cents—thanx for reading

  • Pete

    Politicians are known for their blame games. Right now the liberal and democrats took lead in this game. it seems that if there is a problem which is indentified by Fox news and not other media, liberals and democrats will attack. Of course liberal media echoes their views. If the liberals and majority of democrats were men and women enough, they would face the Fox news head on by going to O’Reilly, Hannity, Greta, etc. show and present their views. However like a cowards they will not do it.

  • ginger

    “How the media shapes the debate”…oh yes, the propaganda arm of the socialist, marxist agenda…and the sheeple will believe the lies and liars…the “media” is complicit in the destruction of America…the new Pravda folks..and they have blood on their hands…much easier for them to print what the White House tells them than to actually do their job of true information…slant and lie and do it again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.vasek.5 Paul Vasek

    Bernie, Why the Hannity attack??? The good thing about Fox is the diversity and Hannity exposes Obama for what he is, a sham. While I appreciate your point of view, your anti-Christian bias is getting old.

  • wally C

    Obama has never had to deal with dissenting opinions, so FOX is foreign to him. He cannot understand why anyone would disagree with him, because he has surrounded himself with “yes men/women” al his career. Example: the journalist that stated “I’ve never seen you lose”.

  • Paul Courtney

    To the degree that FNC is pushing anti-Obama agenda, I can’t blame Obama for taking pot shots (pretty lame ones) at Fox. And he has time on his hands, ’cause he doesn’t spend a second coming up with pot shots at his enemies at NBC, CBS, ABC or NPR. These enemies share space with M. Teo’s girlfriend.

    Bernie, your last column and subsequent events show that you aren’t considering just how hard it is to be a liberal these days, particularly an unbiased liberal journalist (that phrase alone should get a laugh). Carrying this guy for five yrs now, and looking at four more, has got to be stressful. Good example of this difficulty was on NPR segment yesterday on 3rd anniversary of “deadline” to close Gitmo. How to cover this total embarrassment to Obama without, you know, mentioning how ridiculous it looks when you can’t carry out one of the few constitutional executive orders you issued in your first term? Well, NPR managed it by telling listeners about a very positive development, it seems that even though Gitmo still open, international outrage over Gitmo has really subsided. NPR managed this with a bit of modesty, not bringing up it’s own role in that past int’l outrage. Another quick example this morning, AP did article anticipating bad economic news. Getting ahead, the article noted how this news would actually mask hidden strengths in the economy. It must be exhausting for progressive press to always find the silver lining.

    • Johnny Deadline

      I’m exhausted keeping up with all this administration’s shenanigans and cover-ups. Can hardly imagine how fatiguing it must be to actually defend these turkeys.

  • John DuMond

    It’s funny, during the Nixon era, the media made such a big deal about Nixon’s “Enemies List”. It was such an ominous thing, proof that Nixon was pure evil. But Nixon was never so upfront about naming his enemies as Barack Obama has been. Yet the media still doesn’t seem to notice. I guess Tingling Leg Syndrome (TLS) affects hearing, speech, and cognitive function.

    • Johnny Deadline

      Good point, John. If the media hadn’t swapped objectivity and professionalism for junior-high girl giddiness and hypocrisy, some of them may have noted that themselves. Glad you did.

    • sjangers

      The difference, probably, is that the President’s enemies are also their enemies, John, so it’s okay.

      • John DuMond

        True journalism has no enemies, other than the concealment of the truth. That being said, you are, in my opinion, correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joevr Joe von Rodeck

    Shouldn’t Obama and Hillary be just a little insulted by “60 Minutes”? As if they can’t handle tough questions?

    • ginger

      They can’t with a straight face…oh, forgot , yes they can…they cannot tell the truth…what they think matters nothing to me except they are leading the country to disaster and that effects all of us.

    • Juan Motie

      billary hillary proved she can’t handle tough questions. Do “what difference does it make?” sound rational?

  • preepree

    Mr. Goldberg – nice article w/ a clear insight into Obama’s psyche. I view Mr. Hannity’s daily assessment of Obama’s presidency very similar to the MSM’s daily assessment of Bush-43’s presidency. If you think Mr. Hannity is ‘over-the-top’ in his criticism of Obama than the MSM was also ‘over-the-top’ in their treatment of President Bush.

  • RonKean

    Liberals are waging war on the other amendments why not the first?

  • 49corvette

    We used to say back in the day : ” You can dish it out , but you can’t take it “—Obama is the type that thrives on adoration and the warm fuzzy feeling that a Messiah Complex provides—case in point : body language , tone of voice , self satisfaction , during his “Romnesia” speeches—Childish—too many of the “Silent Majority” are his adversaries , and he knows it—he can never succeed as long as dissenters refuse to follow ( the way I see it )—borderline dictatorial philosophies—I myself do not want to end up as one of the ” Pod People “—LOL—Bernie , you nailed it—my2cents—thanx for reading

    • sjangers

      If “malignant narcissist” is ever defined by the DSM, 49corvette, we may well have a diagnosis for the President.

      • 49corvette

        Just curious—what does “DSM” mean ?—Thanx—I agree about the “Narcissist” reference—Kevin Costner comes to mind—my2cents—thanx for reading

        • sjangers

          DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 49corvette. It’s the reference bible for mental health professionals and is published by the American Psychiatric Association. It lists all recognized disorders of the mind, along with symptoms and treatment information. The current version is the DSM-IV (TR), but the DSM-V has been in the works for several years now. Versions are updated from time-to-time as more information about mental health becomes available.

    • turtl2

      Correction 49corvette: WE used to say, “back in the OLD days”. It’s only recently that truism has morphed into, “back in the day”, which really says nothing.

      • 49corvette

        Point taken…I think—my2cents—thanx for reading

  • West Virginia Matt

    When Benito Mussolini uttered the words “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state,” it was called fascism. It seems that Obama has fully embraced that sentiment, or at least those last four words. And so has the MSM…well, since 2008 anyway.

    Case in point: When was the last time a major newspaper or TV network called Obama a warmonger? When did they ever question his intelligence or integrity, or more importantly, his decision-making skills? Do they believe for a moment that Americans aren’t noticing the colossal difference in their portrayals of presidents 43 and 44? (Sadly, most Americans probably will never make that realization.) But to those of us who have paid attention over the years, the MSM has permanently lost credibility, a quality that once was the life-blood of a news organization.

    I firmly believe that if Obama had received the same negative media barrage that his predecessor received on a daily basis, the face of American politics would be vastly different.

    • Kathie Ampela

      Yes, and as evidenced by the loving, leg chills Steve Kroft had in the presence of HillBam the other night, we can look forward to President Hillary in 2016 :-) 60 Minutes was lit up with Hillary excitement the other night. (Wait, 60 Minutes is NOT an opinion show, right? Just checking…)

      Here is a little media bias 101 while we are all in Prof. Goldberg’s classroom:
      http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/01/29/Media-Bias-101-Side-By-Side-Question-Comparison

    • fitzsimmons Photography

      Perfectly stated West Virginia.

    • Shane

      You must have read Fox commentator Jonah Goldberg’s excellent book, “Liberal Fascism.” There is much in common between liberals big government, Socialism, and Fascism.

      • Juan Motie

        That IS an excellent book!

  • Patrick H.

    Yeah, it’s amazing how thin-skinned President Obama is, you would think he’d know that when you’re a politician, expect pundits of some sort to criticize you (heck, pundits have been around in some form even before talk radio or cable news). Especially since Fox is only one channel and it attracts only 2 million viewers at the most and the mainstream media (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and CNN) get tens of millions of viewers meaning they have more power (although not as much as they used to) than Fox does.

  • Robert Gentile

    Bravo Mr Goldberg! Your observations are always instructive. Thank you.

  • Johnny Deadline

    Bernie – Is Mr. Obama simply thin-skinned or is he really waging a war on Fox? I say both. The president is so thin-skinned you can see right through him (which is more than we can say for the most “transparent” administration in our history) on every issue he confronts: gun control, gay marriage, climate change, deficit spending, labor relations, the contraceptive mandate, Benghazi, Israel, yada, yada, yada. He tolerates those that disagree with him like the man that suffers fools gladly – but less gladly and without the open-minded tolerance liberals so esteem.

    The president has had it out for Fox News since that network refused to climb into the sack with his other mainstream media twinkies and ding-dongs. He resents that Fox has never shared Chris Matthew’s thrill up his restless leg syndrome and resents them for it. If Fox’s viewership ratings were to ever tank Obama would be leading the cheers and taking credit for it, like he does everything else. (In Obama’s alphabet the letter ‘I” comprises a third of the alphabet.) Obama wouldn’t know an honest journalist like Bret Baier if he saw him on the skeet range.

    Jimmy Carter was incompetent, Bill Clinton was shameless, and Barack Obama is a Michael Bloomberg super-sized combination of the two with four times the ego.

    • catholicvoter

      Excellent insight and writing Johnny! I would only ad (and I will be considered silly by Bernie and more “moderate” Republicans) that Obama is a would-be tyrant and if Americans don’t wake up he will eventually be an actual tyrant.

      • Johnny Deadline

        Agreed, and thank you! If Obama was a dinosaur (and it could be argued his policies are), he would be a Tyrantous Hex. :) As mentioned earlier in a reply to Tim in California, if only it weren’t for freedom of speech, freedom of the press and those bothersome checks and balances invented by our Founding Fathers, Obama would be totally unchecked and our future would be even more imbalanced than it is now.

      • dave mangan

        Mugabe in diapers who will turn the USA into a version of Zimbabwe as long as he spends money like a drunken sailor….

        • Gary from Texas

          Owebama is worse than a drunken sailor. Drunken sailors spend their own money!

    • fitzsimmons Photography

      I agree with you completely. But the one thing no one is addressing is the danger of all of this slobbering media!

      • Johnny Deadline

        Au contraire, Fitz. Uncle Bernie addressed this very subject in his excellent 2009 book, “A Slobbering Love Affair” available through booksellers everywhere and this here website. :)

        • Uncle Dave

          A very good book… on my nook… informing me of the many who could be called “news kook”… run to your nearest Barns and Noble for a look… in just a few pages you will feel the hook… with me, that’s all it took…
          Sorry. I got started and I couldn’t stop. I’ll sign off now. It’s dinner and I have to cook… {:-)
          Last time a made a mess and had to clean up all the gook…
          Ahh! Help me!!

    • http://twitter.com/PhilSilverman7 Phil Silverman

      Really? Read THE FOX EFFECT and the 24-7 OBAMA HATE MACHINE, where the outrageous war on Obama and his administration continues, with Mr. Doocey and Mr. Hannity and Limbaugh, et. al., essentially making things up at this point. I watched Fox (for over 10 yrs.)until they lost their marbles after Obama’s first inaugural. >>>Carter left only a ONE TRILLION $$$$ debt as opposed to the Gipper’s 2.6; high unemployment due to the oil embargo; no major wars;Clinton is now recognized by REPUBLICANS as a good President; Obama – with ego? – how outrageous – a politician with a big ego. Are you an O’Reilly PREMIUM member? :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Williams/1043005143 George Williams

        Clinton a good president? Clinton was impeached. He was a liar and an adulterer. Only voters with the morals of a promiscuous dog would call Clinton a good president.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Williams/1043005143 George Williams

        Obama is a liar. He’s petulent, a narcisist, a firm believer in the 57 states, the idea that individual achievement is nothing but the product of the collective, that successful entrepreneurs got where they did on the backs of the little people, of the beilieve in the communist redistributon of wealth according to the premise “from each according to his abilities; to each according to his needs. There are books documenting his damnable Marxist tendencies, his association with the thuggish Daley machine in Chicago, the unethical politics of his election committees, for state legislator and Senator, and the extortionist ACORN whose idea of cummunity organizing to threaten community businesses with boycotts and destroyed reputations.

      • Johnny Deadline

        Phil – Of course politicians have big egos, otherwise they’d be doing something constructive in the private sector like normal people. As far as Fox News making things up, ‘fraid you need to put up or shut up. Got an example? You know, like NBC News editing their tapes to make those they are reporting on look like racists or gun nuts? Or Martha Raddatz of ABC News not asking a single question during a 9-minute interview last Sunday of a Democrat Senator accused of visiting underage prostitutes? That kind of thing.

      • Gary from Texas

        The fact that many Republicans view Clinton “as a good president” is easy to explain. Compared to Owebama’s behaviour, Al Capone looks good too.

      • Gary from Texas

        I’m tired of hearing how Clinton was such a great President and how the economy was so great. May we remind you memory challenged liberals that during Clinton’s reign of sexual deviancy that he was forced to work with a fiscally conservative congress? And that had he not presided over the dot.com bubble and the end of the housing bubble that things probably would have been very different while he was president.

      • Juan Motie

        Maybe RINO republicans feel bubba clinton was a good president – those RINO’s were probably envious of what bubba was doing with that cigar – but I know of no Conservatives who believe bubba was a good president! He was an impeached liar – what’s to admire about that? Oh, that’s right – you lefties think lying is a favorable personality trait and should be rewarded with elective office!

      • John Detwiler

        I have always wondered why Sean and Russ are called hateful toward Obama. When all they are doing is simply telling the truth about him.

  • John Daly

    A couple of things:

    First: Are you sure President Obama is not from another galaxy? ;)

    Second: You’ve hit the nail on the head as far as breaking down the Fox News shows. How anyone could watch Shepard Smith two hours a day and believe he’s presenting a conservative tilt is beyond me.

    As for Hannity, I enjoyed “Hannity and Colmes” but not so much his solo show. It’s essentially just red meat for the right, and I don’t need constant affirmation of what I believe.

    Agreed on Special Report and Fox News Sunday.

    Good piece.

    • Johnny Deadline

      John – if Obama is from another galaxy, that confirms the fact there is no intelligent life out there.

      • John Daly

        lol

    • ksp48

      Even my liberal children were embarrassed by Alan Colmes. Its as if the conservatives invented a caricature of the illogical, loony liberal and then auditioned people for the role. Colmes won.

      • sjangers

        Hmmmm. So apparently Deb Wasserman Schultz, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Maxine Waters, Joy Behar, and Rosie O’Donnell didn’t audition. Or was the conservative selection committee just having a bad day?

        • Patrick H.

          In any case, Alan Colmes is sane compared to those people

    • wally

      I disagree. I watched Colmes on Hannity but after awhile I got sick of him. He is one of those type of liberals that will and does argue that black is white. Hannity does have liberals that present the liberal views but the liberals used are sequenced so they don’t blab the same old ,same old. I feel sorry for Colmes wife. They have to here him day in and day out.

    • Larry B

      Every time Hannity repeats “Let not your heart be troubled,” or calls an all female panel “guys,” my skin crawls. Although he’s past 50, he still hasn’t matured. As for “Shep” Smith, he reaches another level of annoyance; Imus really likes him, though.

  • rwmofo

    Left-wingers would love to eliminate conservative dissent (FNC, talk radio, Weekly Standard, Daily Caller, etc). They largely feel that opposing viewpoints should be criminalized. This kind of thinking precludes the possibility that they’d continue to criminalize the competition in other industries. State control is not as rosy as they portray it to be.

  • http://twitter.com/elliemaega Ellen Lambert

    Thank you for saying it, Mr. Goldberg! Absolutely agree w/what you’re saying here.

  • http://twitter.com/BruceIL BruceIL

    Excellent column, Bernie. I think you fairly and accurately describe the ideological positions of each of the FNC channels you mention, and properly criticize BHO for his unwillingness to brook dissent.