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One Week After Attacking Obama For Being Too Frivolous, FOX Complains His Press Conference Too Boring

Reported by Ellen - March 25, 2009 -

Last week, the FOXies couldn't stop complaining about President Barack Obama not focusing enough on our nation's problems. They criticized him for going on Jay Leno, talking about NCAA and more. Last night (3/24/09), however, Obama was not fun enough. Both Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly kept complaining that Obama's press conference was too boring. Do you get the feeling FOX News just might be looking for excuses to attack him?

On March 20, 2009, Laura Ingraham, substituting for Bill O'Reilly, “asked,” “Did Obama help his image by yukking it up with Jay Leno or did he hurt it by turning his attention from the economy to late night talk show and NCAA picks? ...Was there a disconnect here given the seriousness of the economic problem?”

One night before, Greta Van Susteren began her discussion about Obama's appearance on Jay Leno by saying, “Well, some are slamming President Obama for appearing on a late night comedy show in the middle of an economic crisis. He's also getting slammed by some for going on TV to talk about his NCAA basketball tournament picks. Who is one of the big names slamming the president? Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. He says the president shouldn't be wasting his time discussing basketball, he should be focusing on the economy.” In reality, Coach K was not slamming the president but I digress.

Sean Hannity, of course, was not about to leave an Obama attack untouched. Hannity complained on March 19, “The economy's in crisis and tensions are rising in hot spots all over the world but what is keeping President Obama busy? Filling out his NCAA bracket, of course.” Hannity continued by sarcastically saying that Obama had given an interview to ESPN to answer “some of the most pressing questions of our time, like who is in his final four?” Hannity noted that the interview took place in the room where “Frankling Roosevelt monitored the developments of World War II. Now, Mr. Obama's use of the room wasn't exactly for matters of war and peace. And he's caught the attention of many Americans who feel he should be focusing on more important things, especially during his work day.” Hannity also went on to cite the phony Coach K “slam.”

But last night, President Obama gave a somber, substantive press conference and suddenly the FOXies have changed course faster than you can say, “hypocrisy.”

In each of the two post-presser analysis shows, “boring” was the buzzword. On The O'Reilly Factor, Karl Rove complained to O'Reilly that Obama “was mailing it in” and had showed “no emotion, no passion.”

“Do you think he wanted to be boring?” O'Reilly asked. He likened Obama to a dull, Harvard lecturer. O'Reilly repeated the "boring" complaint many times during the show.

Hannity summed up his response, “Dull, boring and unconvincing without a teleprompter.”

Anyone want to bet that if he had been too upbeat, they would have attacked him for not showing enough gravitas?