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Barack Obama Criticizes Fox News - Neil Cavuto Pulls Out the Knives

Reported by Melanie - October 15, 2008 -

Barack Obama said something not so nice about Fox today (October 15, 2008) to the New York Times (article to appear in the Sunday magazine) and when Neil Cavuto "broke" the news, he was none too happy.

Coming back from a break with a FOX NEWS ALERT, after spending 25 minutes bashing Obama's tax plan (much like yesterday), Cavuto said,

"Alright. We're getting dribs and drabs of an interview that Barack Obama's had with the New York Times magazine ah, with the reporter Nat Bye [Sic. Would that be Matt Bai?].

"Now among the things that the senator points out is that he made a mistake with the infamous guns and religion comments in Pennsylvania. He explains that but he also goes on to chide Fox News, saying 'I am convinced that if there were no Fox News I might be 2 or 3 points higher in the polls.' He goes on to say, 'If I were watching Fox News I wouldn't vote for me, right? Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak. I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?' Of course, just because we challenge some of your economic assumptions senator, we say nothing about whether you like lattes or not. Um, it's just putting up with a little bit of the heat that maybe you're not getting in the media kitchen."

With that Cavuto went to Frank Luntz who said he would have thought "Obama would have appeared on Fox much more often" because "you guys" get "more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined" and "you consistently report information that the public wants which is why your ratings are so high." "I think Obama's only mistake in this campaign is that he hasn't appeared on Fox more because half of your viewers are either independent or Democrats. Do you lean Republican in terms of viewership? Absolutely. [Note how Luntz says the viewership leans Republican, not Fox's reporting.] ... Do you realize there are more Democrats that watch Fox News than watch MSNBC?" He's making a case "because it excites the left wing blogs."

Cavuto said they hear from the McCain "guys" when we "sort of question and rip apart the numbers behind their numbers and whether they add up; we do this, ah, with both sides [that is a lie Neil] but that being said...when he [Obama] is challenged he takes great issue." Does this "show a vulnerability" and is this "something that we should watch or is this just a typical candidate who doesn't like criticism? Few do, by the way." (You don't like it either Neil, obviously.)

Luntz said, "There are a lot of politicians like that" but Obama has had a "blessed life. The joke goes that when he goes home he goes home to Bethlehem — how well the media has treated him — so he's going to have to get used to the rumble of politics because life isn't going to be so great." (I got the impression Luntz stopped himself from saying: ...when he's president.) If he wins and if the Democrats sweep, "there isn't going to be much of a check on him on Capitol Hill so it's going to require people like you to be a check on him in the media."

Going to a break, Cavuto said, "Fox News suddenly front and center...evil force? My goodness!" (Isn't there an old adage in the news biz (speaking loosely here when it comes to Fox), about not making yourself the news?)

Here is the first part of this, ah, this, "fair and balanced news:"

Next came Karl Rove. The money quotes:

Rove: "I guess if the label sticks [latte liberal], you know, you gotta wear it."

Cavuto: What do you make of him "singling Fox out? I mean, we take a great deal of care on this show to go over each candidate's positions [you're lying Neil]. Some, you know, like that, some don't like that but I think it's fairly bipartisan [you're in deep denial, delusional or you're a bald faced liar Neil]."

Rove: "He's gotten so used to dealing with the main stream media that, you know, fawn all over him and don't ask tough questions, that when he gets in an environment where people are trying to be fair and balanced and more importantly, get to the bottom of the real issues, ah, he's uncomfortable and look, it's an unseemly thing...this is not the time to be taking pot shots at the media." This is not the time to be "whiny."

Cavuto: "I read into this he's almost being dismissive."

Rove: Well, "I'm not certain of that." It is a "statement of how powerful he thinks Fox is and how upset he is with how he thinks it's affecting his ah, future." ... The Fox audience likes to "think, talk and absorb information," so he might do well to give Fox "the respect it deserves." "If you're afraid to go on Fox television, what does that say about you as the prospective leader of the free world? If you sit there and whine, about how you'd be better off if Fox wasn't so mean to you, what does that say about you as a potential leader?"

Comment: Inadvertent truth about what Barack Obama is saying: Karl Rove is an adviser to the McCain campaign but at no time during this interview did the "fair and balanced," "bipartisan" network tell that to its audience. And telling, isn't it, that Fox can take five sentences, turn that into fodder for two segments (and we're only talkin' one show here folks...I suspect this will be the No. 1 topic for at least, AT LEAST, 24 hours) and extrapolate from those few sentences all this psychobabble?

NOTE: I'm uploading video of Rove's appearance now — very slow today — probably at least an hour for Part II. I'll have it up as soon as possible. Here's the Rove segment: