Fox & Friends ran a couple of segments this morning purporting to preview President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight. One segment was with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and the other was with Obama spokesperson Valerie Jarrett. But there was one common thread – the anti-Obama scorn of the hosts. They even found time to play a new anti-Obama RNC ad being released today.
With Priebus, co-host Steve Doocy tipped his hand when he announced that Fox News “learned through Democrat sources” that Obama’s speech was crafted “in part by David Axelrod and a number of the president’s POLLSTERS (Doocy’s emphasis).” Besides the dripping disdain in Doocy’s voice, who but a Republican pundit, uses the word “Democrat” instead of “Democratic?”
Priebus promised that the RNC would “tear the bark off” Obama.
“Tear the bark off, that sounds painful,” Doocy said, without sounding as though he minded.
“We’re fighting for America,” Priebus told him.
“No, I understand,” Doocy said sympathetically.
Doocy went on to say that Obama is “a much better campaigner, many people have said, than president, and so that would reflect why he’s going into campaign mode, rather than president mode.”
Then he played a portion of the RNC ad and noted, “I don’t think your State of the Union jibes with his State of the Union.”
Contrast that with the interview with Jarrett. Co-host Gretchen Carlson set the tone early when she “asked” Jarrett if Obama’s speech would be a sequel to his speech last month “really focusing on class warfare.”
Jarrett, of course, said not and gave an explanation of what the speech will focus on: growing manufacturing in the US, energy, the American workforce and American economic values of equity, fairness and opportunity.
Kilmeade took a shot with his “question” for Jarrett: “Will the President bring up the Keystone Pipeline that got Democrats and Republicans scratching their heads that after a three-year investigation, they still can’t make a decision?”
Doocy brought up the “pollster” input and sneered, “For the cynical it might look like, ‘Well, it sounds like he’s just massaging the facts to make a great campaign speech and a good way for him to get re-elected.’” He interrupted Jarrett’s subsequent response that Obama was in charge of the speech and its message to call him “Pollster-in-chief.”
Fair and balanced, Fox News style.
republicans are boring and predictable.
“Many people/some people say” — Faux sNooze’s favorite source.
Just pointing out how odd that is…