The title of a Fox News article released on January 28, 2013 is “Conservative media watchdogs push back on Obama’s Fox News attack” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/28/conservative-media-watchdogs-push-back-on-obama-fox-news-criticism/).
“Conservative media critics are pushing back on President Obama’s suggestion that Capitol Hill Republicans would be more inclined to work across the aisle if they were “NOT PUNISHED” on Fox News and other outlets for doing so”. Fox News of course often BELITTLES Republicans who even try to work with President Obama.
“The president made the comments in an interview with The New Republic, when describing the difficulties in crafting BI-PARTISAN (?) legislation“. Of course, not much, IF ANYTHING is “bi-partisan” these days. The New Republic is a LIBERAL magazine (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Republic).“I think if you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while (don’t they ATTACK CAREER POLITICIANS?), they long for the days when they could SOCIALIZE (?) and introduce BI-PARTISAN legislation and FEEL PRODUCTIVE“. This combination (“socialize” + “bi-partisan legislation” + “feel productive”) hasn’t been seen since the days of TED KENNEDY. “So I DON’T think the issue is whether or not there are people of goodwill in either party that want to get something done. I think what we really have to do is CHANGE SOME OF THE INCENTIVE STRUCTURES so that people FEEL LIBERATED to PURSUE SOME COMMON GROUND (?)” “feel liberated?” This is interesting because President Obama seems to be implying that members of Congress are sometimes (or A LOT of times) FORCED TO vote WITH their party, making this another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, there is little IF ANY “common ground” these days especially when we’re talking about CAPITOL HILL POLITICIANS. “So I DON’T think the issue is whether or not there are people of goodwill in either party that want to GET SOMETHING DONE (?)” This HASN’T occurred in quite some time. “One of the BIGGEST factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is NOT punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of COMMON INTEREST (?), then you’ll see more of them doing it“. WOW. RUSH LIMBAUGH is being singled out here. What about SEAN HANNITY? Also again not much IF ANYTHING is “of common interest” among POLITICIANS these days.
“Bob Lichter, president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs (and a communications professor) at George Mason University, said Obama is just using an old Democratic Party tactic of saying, “centrists would go along if those NASTY conservatives don’t BEAT THEM UP“. THINGS ARE INDEED getting “nasty”. “I DON’T hear Obama complaining about The New York Times trying to pull him to the left”. The New York Times is generally PERCEIVED to have “a LIBERAL slant”: According to a 2007 survey by Rasmussen Reports of public perceptions of major media outlets, 40% saw the paper as having a liberal slant, 20% no political slant and 11% believe it has a conservative slant. In December, 2004, a study by former fellows of a conservative think tank gave The New York Times a score of 73.7 on a 100 point scale, with 0 being most conservative and 100 being most LIBERAL” (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Times#Political_persuasion_overall).
“Author and syndicated columnist Ben Shapiro (and editor-at-large at Breitbart News) said Obama trying to challenge certain media outlets dates back to the start of his administration”. “He’s talking about SILENCING members of the media he DOESN’T like“. WOW. This sounds like what happens in countries such as SYRIA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA and CHINA. “He’s done that before — this idea that Fox News is some sort of EVIL force in the media. He’s GONE AFTER Rush Limbaugh, talked about STARTING BOYCOTTS” like GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86). This is what he does. He’s a BULLY“. This is HARSHLY NEGATIVE. Shapiro is clearly CONSERVATIVE. “What he’s saying is the media IS NOT liberal enough. I think he wants people who DON’T like him to BE QUIET“ This is Shapiro’s INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Obama, in the interview, further argued that House Speaker John Boehner wanted to reach a deal on recent fiscal issues but couldn’t IN PART (?) because he was vulnerable to attack for COMPROMISING Republican principles and working WITH the president”. “in part because he was vulnerable to attack for compromising…?” This is THE MAIN reason Boehner REFUSES to “compromise”.
“The president claimed the “more LEFT-leaning media outlets”, on the other hand, “recognize that compromise IS NOT a DIRTY word” obviously even though it is often DIFFICULT.
“Obama SUGGESTED that he, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are MORE willing than Republican leaders “to BUCK the more ABSOLUTIST-wing elements in our party to TRY to get stuff done“. Of course Obama will “try to” depict a NEGATIVE image of the GOP.
“The last time Obama criticized Fox News by name was on July 13, 2012″. So this happened less than a year ago.
“at a campaign event in Virginia Beach, Va., Obama went on: “So just in case some of your friends or neighbors or Uncle JIM (?), who’s a little stubborn and has been watching Fox News and he thinks that somehow I RAISED taxes — let’s just be clear: We’ve LOWERED taxes for MIDDLE-CLASS families since I came into office (in 2008)”. Again, this is the group that Obama is focusing on because “the middle class” is THE BACKBONE OF THE ECONOMY. Also “Uncle JIM?” Jim Webb is the FORMER Virginia senator who was succeeded by TIM KAINE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Webb). Obama is in the Old Dominion to campaign for MARK WARNER who was first elected to the Senate in 2008 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Warner).
Finally, according to Rich Noyes, “research director for the Washington area-based Media Research Center”, “The media has ALWAYS helped shape the political environment. But Democrats object to the conservative media now being able to. … Liberal news outlets try to PUNISH conservatives for their views on guns (many Republicans are LIFETIME NRA MEMBERS) or CUTTING SPENDING (another GOP OBSESSION) in ways that they think are CRUEL. It was so much easier for them when the big three networks (ABC, CBS & NBC) and The New York Times LEFT OUT THE INCONVENIENT FACTS. (Obama’s) trying to PLAY GAMES here”. This is the latest/another example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) as well as BLAMING & CRITICIZING(Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
So, Obama is using a LIBERAL magazine to attack a CONSERVATIVE news outlet/channel. NO SURPRISE THERE. This is IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).