Obama Agrees: Fox Isn't News

Towards the end of Matt Bai's NYT Magazine piece about how Obama courts the "working-class" vote, this quote leaped off the page:

"I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls," Obama told me. "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 correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?

"I guess the point I'm making," he went on, "is that there is an entire industry now, an entire apparatus, designed to perpetuate this cultural schism, and it's powerful. People want to know that you're fighting for them, that you get them. And I actually think I do. But you know, if people are just seeing me in sound bites, they're not going to discover that. That's why I say that some of that may have to happen after the election, when they get to know you."

But Obama's statement isn't the only sign his campaign understands the reality that Fox News is nothing but pure conservative propaganda.

Remember the clip from last week when Gibbs threw the Ayers accusations right back in Hannity's face? I can't remember a Democratic campaign ever responding so aggressively, live, to a Fox smear.

And just a yesterday, Plouffe asserted that "Fox News Channel is turning themselves into the 24-hour ACORN channel."

Just as conventional wisdom has turned against Republican governing philosophy, it's also turned against that philosophy's attack dog.

Update [2008-10-15 18:57:52 by Josh Orton]: The latte-sipping, Volvo-driving stereotype that Obama describes (see 2004: Kerry, John) is actually quite a bit more benign than the terrorist-coddling communist Fox portrays him as.

Tags: Election 08, Fox News (all tags)

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The thing I love about Obama

Is that he is the most self-aware candidate we've seen in a long time. Maybe Bill Clinton was about the same.

Too often, politicians seem really out of touch, not just with the average everyday American but with the attacks that are being leveled at them by the opposition.  John Kerry or Al Gore would be briefed by their staff on what the Republicans were doing, but they wouldn't really get it. And if you don't get it, how can you fight back?

Obama gets it. He knows what the Republicans are doing, he knows their moves before they even make them, and he knows exactly how to counterpunch on all of them. His convention speech was one big counterpunch to all the arrogant celebrity, weak-on-terror, gonna-raise-taxes crap that McCain had attacked him with.

So I'm not surprised that Obama knows exactly what Fox News is all about, and isn't afraid to say it. He'll play nice sometimes by going on O'Reilly, but he isn't under the illusion that the channel is fair.

It's for this reason that I think Obama is the Republican's worst nightmare. Their games don't work against someone who knows the rules better than they do.

by existenz 2008-10-15 02:06PM | 0 recs
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News Corp is done.  Democrats will revive the fairness doctrine after the past 8 years of journalistic malpractice.  Media conglomerates will be forced to divest their assets.  

http://finance.google.com/finance?client =ob&q=NYSE:NWS

News Corp is screwed.

by agpc 2008-10-15 02:44PM | 0 recs
Howard Dean Volvo Drivers for Obama!

But not the latte sippers. I think they went with Starbucks fan, John McCain.

by Lemonsquare 2008-10-15 03:25PM | 0 recs
Did everyone see the frontline piece?

What was most interesting about it was, Obama may spend a lot of time floating airey fairey hope speeches, but it looks like he is a pretty cagey calculating cat, who is NOT going to get lost in the hype.

The parts about how he won the Harvard Law Review post shows he knows the conservative mind, he will not be blindsided by it.

Oh, and let's be clear: Faux and it's cronies are not conservatives, they are rabel rousers, provacuteurs, propagandists.

Obama knows who they are and what is their end game.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-15 03:36PM | 0 recs
funny thing is, Obama will be the first REAL

conservative president of my lifetime.

He's not a "throw everything out and burn it" like GWBush, and he's not a "New New New" like Clinton was.

He's a "lets change things carefully and slowly" kind of guy.

by RisingTide 2008-10-16 06:15AM | 0 recs
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wtf is wrong with volvos? they get good gas milage, they run really well, last forever, and most importantly, they have a turbo button.... it goes turbo.

by theninjagoddess 2008-10-15 03:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Agrees: Fox Isn't News

I've often thought there should be a way to force FOX to either be broken up or made to actually be fair and balanced.  At the very least they shouldn't be allowed to claim to be a news service.

by MtnFrost 2008-10-15 04:33PM | 0 recs

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