In an interview that will be published in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, President Obama said that Fox News has been promoting “a point of view” that “is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth” of the U.S. He said that in the past, “you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition.”
Naturally, after news of the story broke yesterday, Fox News hosts and personalities attacked the President:
MONICA CROWLEY: Look, Barack Obama is a radical progressive.
SEAN HANNITY: I’m confused as to, you know, how much one man can be so out of touch with the American people? … He seems extraordinarily thin-skinned.
DANA PERINO: The more he does these types of things the more it casts him in a light of being petty, of being partisan and of being really paranoid.
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Of course, Obama is correct. Fox News, particularly since the President assumed office, has operated primarily as the communications arm of the Republican Party. As Media Matters noted, Fox “has a long history of actively promoting the Republican agenda and of opposing economic positions which economists say would stimulate growth.”
Indeed, just in the last 9 months, Fox News has made a special effort to promote the GOP line. For example, network figures have often given the “Republican narrative” on tax cuts. Republicans credited the network with helping get their ideas out. Sarah Palin advised right-wing senate candidate Christine O’Donnell to “speak through Fox News.” The network’s parent company donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. Fox News personalities regularly campaigned for Republicans, and GOP senate candidate Sharron Angle said she goes on Fox to raise money.
So it seems that the President isn’t the one who is “out of touch.”