Obama Agrees: Fox Isn't News
by Josh Orton, Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 01:56:34 PM EDT
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.