Another Fox Smack

I've been writing about the increasingly aggressive stance Obama and his campaign have taken against Fox News - calling out their bias and role as the right's mouthpiece for smear.

Yesterday, joking with Jon Stewart, Obama made reference to how marginal Fox's audience is becoming:

"I think that there's a certain segment of hardcore Sean Hannity fans that probably wouldn't want to go have a beer with me,'' Obama conceded. "There's no doubt about that.

"But I think that the average voter, they're saying to themselves, 'What's all this stuff about? I'm trying to figure out whether I can hang on to my house.'"

A perfect point: yes, there's a certain margin of people who listen to and believe the lies from Fox News - but it's far from any sort of majority. And calling out the reality is important: the more people hear the truth about Fox's bias, the less influence the bias carries.

The full interview:

Tags: Barack Obama, Election 08, Fox News (all tags)

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18 Comments

Re: Another Fox Smack

Finally,

a Democrat that gets it!

I feel that the biggest mistake that Bill Clinton ever made was allowing Rush Limbaugh to keep getting away with all of his attacks.

You can't stop people from unfairly attacking you, but you can marginalize them. When Obama is President, suddenly the other networks will somehow always get the scoop on the big story first, while Fox will hear about it on a competitors channel. Every now and then, Fox may get hold of some damaging documents with supersript typing!

by bushsucks 2008-10-30 06:38AM | 0 recs
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That was a great interview, Obama was really enjoying himself and had some good laughs.
He is very media savvy, and knows how to use the media against itself, which, as bushsucks mentions above, will be very helpful when he becomes president.
by skohayes 2008-10-30 07:44AM | 0 recs
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Not to mention the bone he's throwing to Rachel Maddow and the progressive media. Good for Obama. Good for us.

by dogeatdogi 2008-10-30 07:45AM | 0 recs
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Yesterday, Cavuto had Coulter on and they took a hit at Lunsford in KY and Shaheen in NH, calling McConnell and Sununu "two of the smartest senators" and our candidates "pinheads."

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/1 0/30/101653/21/143/646687

Shaheen's a safe race, but Lunsford is neck and neck.  Do we think this helped or hurt his chances?

by Jay R 2008-10-30 07:56AM | 0 recs
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Anyone in Kentuchy who is watching fixed news is already voting for McConnell.  So, I wouldn't worry about it!

by LordMike 2008-10-30 08:09AM | 0 recs
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Actually, I'm hoping that a lot of them weren't voting at all this year...

by Jay R 2008-10-30 08:21AM | 0 recs
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The thing I like about this is not the fact that Fox is being bashed in a joke. You want to know what it is? Democrats are finally so pissed that we're shedding the cloak of fear, and we're punching back finally. Why fear those who want to impose fear upon the free when you can knee cap them to show how cowardly they really are.

by johnrarch 2008-10-30 07:59AM | 0 recs
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The thing is MSNBC is just as bad as FOX. With those two knuckleheads Olberman and Maddow spewing all sorts of partisan nonsense. Two rights dont make a wrong......fact is, the center is where the majority of America is. Not the hard right of Hannity or the Extreme Left of Maddow and Olberman

by adb67 2008-10-30 08:00AM | 0 recs
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I don't feel that Maddow or Olbermann is "extreme left"  Extreme left are those aging hippies that do shows on public access cable....

Besides, Olbermann has beaten Bill O'Reilly in the ratings war 5 out of the last 11 days....  It feels good!

I know you probably still have a grudge against Olbermann from the primary, but what's your beef against Maddow?  She's great!

It's about time we have some media that is actually on OUR side for once!

by LordMike 2008-10-30 08:06AM | 0 recs
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Two wrongs do not make a right, but Hannity and Limbaugh are not going anywhere.  If the only media is the country is the far right and the center right than this county has no where to go but right.

If however, there is a strong left (yes biased left) media, then the overall balance will shift to the center.

Look, the so-called center media still slobbers all over Hannity and Limbaugh and takes what they say as fact.   We need someone as forcefull and partisan on our side

What you are advocating is total surrender.  Let the right have Limbaugh, we can have Olbermann and then people can see the full spectrum.

Do not forget that once Obama is in office the liberal media will no longer be in attack mode but in defence mode.  That is also going to make a difference in how they are perceived.

by gavoter 2008-10-30 08:11AM | 0 recs
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there is nothing biased about maddow.
you are brainwashed.

pathetic.

by JadeZ 2008-10-30 08:22AM | 0 recs
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I am not brainwashed. Maddow is a joke....I cant tale her or Olberman seriously. Olberman is a sports guy who wasnt even liked by the people he worked with at ESPN......please.......they are no better than hannity or Limbaugh. And whats pathetic is they dont even have a following.....how bout giving us honest, bipartisan journalists...instead of these yahoos...

by adb67 2008-10-30 08:44AM | 0 recs
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Somebody has been swallowing the KOOL-AID!

Yahoos? Ya mean Rhodes scholar Maddow?

Who regularly, and affectionately, debates bi-partinshiply with her "fake uncle" Pat Buchanan?

The is the sign of another Fox News 'bot: the lies, the lies, they burn!

by judybrowni 2008-10-30 11:32AM | 0 recs
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Maddow and Olberman are unabashed liberals.  The difference here is that the FOX people pretend to be centrists.

by khassani 2008-10-30 09:53AM | 0 recs
Horseshit

..this is absolute crap.

Please tell me one instance where Rachel or Keith actually spread lies. This is the problem with Hannity, etc. They are not only right wing, they are disinformation specialists.

Rachel and Keith may be obvious liberals, but they aren't even close to being as nasty as Hannity, Savage, Rush, etc, and they don't lie.

So, your comparison is a huge FAIL.

by rhetoricus 2008-10-30 10:15AM | 0 recs
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Fox news is irrelevant this year...  I can't tell you how comforting it is to know that we don't have to worry about what slime they are going to spew out, 'cos the only people watching are already voting for McCain.  They are preaching to the choir.  No independents or undecideds are going to be influenced by Fox News!

by LordMike 2008-10-30 08:08AM | 0 recs
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The best thing about this video is how relaxed Obama is... he transmits a sense of confidence.. that everything is going to be allright.. and that he's a pretty even keeled sort of guy.. I don't expect many undecideds watched this but at least he keeps us in good spirits...

Very much enjoyed watching this...

by obama4presidente 2008-10-30 08:17AM | 0 recs
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I can say that I have never listened to more than 10 seconds of Hannity. But Keith and Rachel are definitely needed to balance the huge advantage of numbers of Rightwing nut radio stations. There are fewer than 50 liberal/progressive stations in the USA compared to over 500 rightwing stations. In this city-Houston- there are no fewer than 5 RIGHTWING NUT radio stations (all are owned by Bush's buddies at Clear Channel) but only 1 progressive station--Pacifica Radio. I never used to listen to Limbaugh but started to do it several years ago. I only listen to note his sponsors. Most of them now are the same ilk that sponsor little small town products as the big names have vacated that media as they have found out that the 50% of their customers (like me) will call them and raise hell about them sponsoring programming aimed at Democrats. So my advice to you is to listen in to Hannity, Rush, and the other nuts. If you find a national advertiser there call them (you can find them on the internet websites they have--look for the public relations department). Tell them you aint gonna buy their products if the money is used to attack Democrats. As a final note: Did you know that Rightwing Nut Radio is destroying the radio industry. Since Clear Channel took over the 1300 radio stations it monopolizes, the radio audience in those stations markets has decreased by over 20%.  Call the sponsors and raise hell. That is the only way to get Rush, Hannity and the right wing pukes off the air--protests do not work -- Clear Channel only understands this: Last Year Clear Channel's stock was selling at over 30.00 a share--today its about 7.00 -- that is a huge decrease in market share and stockholder value.

by hddun2008 2008-10-30 08:59AM | 0 recs

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