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Obama to appear on Fox News Wednesday

By Howard Kurtz
Hell has officially frozen over.

President Obama is going on Fox News.

He must really want to pass that health-care bill.

No, he's not going to get emotional with Glenn Beck. But Obama will sit down with anchor Bret Baier for an interview that will air Wednesday on the 6 p.m. newscast "Special Report."

This would be unremarkable -- the president is constantly on TV -- except for last year's White House campaign attacking Fox News as an arm of the Republican Party. Fox executives insisted there is an important distinction between its news operation and opinionated hosts such as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. In sitting down with Baier, Obama -- who cordially greeted Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes at a White House Christmas party -- seems to be accepting that distinction.

By Howard Kurtz  |  March 16, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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On the Fox News Interview:

I admired Obama for his intelligence or rather brilliance; I now admire him for his courage.

He walked in confident, his reaction refined, his answers immediate and lucid.

He was not treated with the kind of respect his office should command, but then since Nixon stained the White House, the nation forgot to bleach the WH after his reign.

President Obama, I can't apologize for someone else's rudeness or ignorance, but I can congratulate you for your dignity in light of the interview.

Posted by: olgaolivia1 | March 19, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama and his lies...well, first he outlines his aspirations and says what he'd strive to do. Then the Republicans methodically say no and deliberately obstruct. Then they turn around and call him a liar. Pretty disingenuous and bad ethics.

Posted by: filc | March 18, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Strange that nobody knows what's in the bill and what it will cost.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 18, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

It's very simple. Only left-wing lunes watch MSNBC "The Place For Hate" You want to get your message out, go to real network like fox where 4 to 6 million viewers every night. And the best split among all the political parties. Fox is the only NEWS BROADCAST that uncovers all the lies the white house and Obama says over, and over again. Like Obama saying the only time he was involved with Acorn is when he was a lawyer back in the day. "He Lied" I love that shout our because it was true then and true now. The latest video has Obama saying he was involved with acorn right up to his election. Hmmmmm..
He is going down no mater what happens. The people of the US were entitled to a mistake by the great masterbater of all time. Now they know better.

Posted by: dbonade | March 18, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Here is a great article on Ruport Murcoh and Fox News.

http://nymag.com/news/media/64305/

Posted by: Gone_Rogue | March 17, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

SAUDI-WASABI OWNED FOX NEWS AND WALL STREET JOURNAL WAGE JIHAD AGAINST CHRISTIANITY

Saudi Government and Ruport Murdoch Begin Propaganda Campaign against Patriotic Christians!

The 2nd largest share holder of FOX News, the Saudi Wasabi-Islamist Government, has begun the process of attacking the Christian faith by letting their opinion makers like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck attack our Christian Faith.

By viewing FOX News, you are supporting the Saudi Wasabeeist Government who sent the 17 Saudi hijackers to kill over 3000 people on September 11, 2001.

The goal of the Saudis as I read it years ago, was to own a major news corporation in the USA that would promote attacks against Christianity. Help stop Ruport Murdoch and his Saudi allies by boycotting FOX News, and the Wall Street Journal.

Here is the article on Fox News stance against Christianity.

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/03/12/are-christians-forgiving-glenn-beck-for-calling-them-nazis.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage.

Churches are now urging their members to boycott FOX News and the Wall Street Journal. Ever wonder why you never hear any criticism of the Islamists and Saudi terrorists on FOX News?

In this video below, Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News admits that FOX is biased against Obama and the Democrat Party:

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/03/ailes-legitimate-complaints/

Posted by: Gone_Rogue | March 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the ultra liberal bloggers that rely on the Washington Post for their misinformation have a lot to say about
FOX News. Isn't it pathetic that when Fox breaks a new story (e.g. Acorn), they are laughed at and scorned by the major new sources. Then, a couple of weeks later when they have to finally admit that they missed the boat, they try to jump on the bandwagon. While most of you are critical of the way FOX covers Obama, none of you seem to mind the butt-kissing Obama coverage by Chris Matthews and the MSNBC nitwits. Also, the fact that Obama is so
egotistic that he insists on a daily TV coverage even when he has nothing to say, bores a lot of us Independents who much prefer that he stay home and work on our
real problerms like joblessness and national debt insterad of insisting that the country buy into a health bill that no one has read, no one understands, and no one can afford!

Posted by: depoulins | March 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I BET THOSE FOLKS AT FOX NEWS WILL FIGHT ANY EDUCATION BILL THAT IS PROPOSED EVEN THOUGH AMERICA NO LONGER RANKS FIST IN THE WORLD FOR EDUCATION.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT HATEFUL SUCKER POPULATION TO FOLLOW IN LOCK STEP SO THAT THE HANDFUL OF WEALTHY FOLKS CAN KEEP USING THEM. THEIR WEALTH IS NOW VERY INTERNATIONAL SO NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT RISK.
I THINK REID IS RIGHT. OBAMA CAN SPEAK BOTH AFFLUENT ENGLISH AND NEGRO DIALOGUE, NOW IF HE CAN JUST SPEAK RED NECK HE WILL BE OK. I WISH HIS MOTHER WAS FROM MISSISSIPPI OR SOUTH CAROLINA. BUT THAT WOULDN'T HELP. IN OUR FAMILY, THOSE BLACK FOLK PASSING FOR WHITE ALWAYS KEPT US INFORMED EVEN THOUGH MANY WERE MEMBERS OF THE KLAN.
NO MATTER HOW MANY SHEETS THEY WORE, WE ALWAYS KNEW WHO THEY WERE. WE NO LONGER SPEAK ABOUT IT BUT THERE ARE NO AMERICANS POORER THAN THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE SOUTHERN AND MOUNTAINOUS STATES. THESE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE IN MOST NEED OF MR. OBAMA AS THEIR PRESIDENT.

Posted by: sm98yth | March 17, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

No Howard, Pres.Obama isn't "accepting that distinction" between Fox news and opinion, because there IS NONE!

And like Howard Raines said in your paper last week, you're smart enough to know it but too cowardly to admit it.

Go back to what Anita Dunn said when the White House pointed out Fox News' obvious propagandizing - "The answer is yes, obviously he’ll go on Fox because he engages with ideological opponents."

So no, you even got that short post of under a 100 words wrong, buddy.

Posted by: sambam | March 17, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Now that's change we can believe in!

Will it be Pres. B.O. vs the Spin Stops Here B. O. ?

If so, will be a match worth watching.

But use discernment, and keep John 8:44 in mind.

Posted by: btrask3 | March 17, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

That Obama aint afraid of no one. I once saw him fend off a whole room full of them republicans. Unless some of them republicans smarten up a little, they don't seem to be no match for him.

I expect that any republican won't want to watch that interview. I'm not watching it, I don't wanna be swayed by that Mr. Obamas' keen sense of persuasion so that I can remain set in my ways and such.

Posted by: doug37 | March 16, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

All I can say as a registered democratic voter is if they don't get serious and pass this bill NOW, I will not be voting for any of them in 2010 or 2012!

The time for speculation is over in my personal opinion. The President was and is right the American people deserve a straight up or down vote. If they don't pass it they might as well start packing because the people that put them in Washington will see them as cowards and unworthy of their trust going forward. Take heed pass it or start packing!

Posted by: rsn2000 | March 16, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama's desperate, he's running out of time and he needs to reach as many people as possible.
They can't even get Democrats to vote for it; Democrats don't even want their name
to be associated with this bill.
The American people have made it clear
they're NOT buying what Obama's selling.
Massachusetts is a very good indicator of
what the country thinks about Obama.

Posted by: ohioan | March 16, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, Mr. Kurtz. Do you remember who asked Mrs. Dunn that question was answering? You.

Posted by: edta | March 16, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kurtz, could you possibly be any more obtuse? I refer you to what White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said last October, about the possibility of future Obama interviews on Faux "News":

[[The answer is yes, obviously he’ll go on Fox because he engages with ideological opponents. And he has done that before. He will do it again. I can’t give you a date because, frankly, I can’t give you dates for anybody else right now.

But what I will say is that when he goes on FOX, he understands that he is not going on — it really is not a news network at this point. He’s going to debate the opposition. And that’s fine. He never minds doing that.]]

Posted by: edta | March 16, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone in their right mind go on fox news?. Good old Rupert who has spent his life manipulating the working class for his own needs.
Stand up and be counted.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | March 16, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT the NPD sociopathic dual profile.
He couldn't get an audience anywhere else.

Show with ratings they do not want to get his blather started there.

Good grief.
The guy is caught in confict of interest as the UN chairman putting troops on the USA soil to disarm Americans , and trying to hold the job of POTUS where such activity is unconstitutional and a breech of the swear in.

The US Defenders of the US COnstitution hare going enmasse on Sept 9 to the DC mall to deliver their signage notice.

1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control."

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
http://oathkeepers.org/oath/

Posted by: dottydo | March 16, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Obama for going on FOX. They've got an audience and he wants to give them his perspective with as little distortion as possible (I'm not sure if this will be broadcast live or edited before it goes on the air).

What bothers me the most about the health care debate is I can not find a summary of what's in the two health care reform bills (the house and the senate version) except for a few summaries that make claims which are clearly biased. Stuff like "on page 28 there is an admission that health care will be rationed" (this guy wants the bill to fail), or "on page 612 it shows how the use of the exchange will drastically reduce overall costs" (this guy wants the bill to pass) and that type of stuff. Those specific examples are made up, but the point is still valid.

For legislation this important, I've been expecting to see understandable summaries of what is in those damn bills. That would give the bulk of us a good ability to talk about the bill based on its merits. I've searched the Internet for these summaries and I have not found them. I find that extremely odd.

For what it's worth, I saw an interview on the Jon Stewart show where a pollster stated there seems to be a contradiction on our feelings about this legislation. He said that when people are asked if they like specific provisions of the legislation (for example the health care exchange), we the people strong want the provisions implemented. However, when we are asked if we want this legislation to pass, the majority of us feel it should not. He said something to the effect that as a pollster it is not his job to draw conclusions, but his personal opinion, or conclusion about this seeming contradiction is a general feeling that no matter how bad something is today, congress can always make it worse.

Posted by: kevinbcarney | March 16, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama does have courage subjecting himself to the ever sneering, jeering and smearing of RNC Fox News and it's Rovian cretins.

Posted by: coloradodog | March 16, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

i hope bret asks the perpetrator in chief if he offered a job to sestak. i hope he ask the nit-wit about the aclu showing pictures of our cia people to headcutters down in gitmo. hard questions. like what does obama think about carole browners belonging to a communist organization.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 16, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Of course it would be nice to know what will be shown and what will be edited out. But we will never know that, will we?

Posted by: 2Funny | March 16, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Just another point about Fox News:

All the major networks covered the recent House Republican retreat -- where Obama gave lengthly, thoughtful answers to live questions from Republicans -- live in its entirety (because it's so unusual to be able to see our policymakers in action live without all the usual filtering).

But only Fox cut away early. Why do you think that was? Of course, an irony here is that those folks who wath only Fox News wouldn't even know this was the case.

The following Sunday on one of the talk shows Ariana Huffington asked Roger Ailes why this happened. His answer, which was a non-answer, was (almost word for word--you can look it up) "Fox is the most trusted name in news". If you're someone who watches only Fox, doesn't that bother you, and if not why not?

Posted by: Nancy26 | March 16, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Forget the telepromter, our president is going to need a translator. The fox "news" audience has been so indoctrinated that they can no longer understand the language of logic, let alone the concepts of democracy.

Posted by: 2Funny | March 16, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

If there is a distinction between Fox's news division and it hosts such as O'Reilly and Hannity, can it finally be admitted that their "opinionated" hosts are not newscasters and thereby are not dealing in facts or the truth?

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | March 16, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Thank you CriticallyAngry - you've articulated exactly how I feel as well!!

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I would rather my president read from a teleprompter and show he was prepared for an event than to watch an idiot stand in front of a crowd and let idiocy drip from his mouth as he runs his country into the ground.

The only way anyone can tolerate the children who call themselves Conservatives right now is to take everything they say, remove Obama and replace it with Bush, and then listen to it again. Suddenly, they are telling the truth for the first time in 10 years.

Obama has been nothing but wonderful for this country and it is a shame that he has to go on Fox to reach them, but they won't remove their blinders or change the station to see the real world for what it is: a situation caused by the corrupt and subsidized by stupid. The irony here is that they will probably turn off the TV for the segment and then complain that Obama is "taking over" Fox news.

The reigning Conservative method of discussion is to yell at everyone who doesn't agree with them until they are the only voice who can be heard. Shame on them for spitting on our 1st Amendment rights!

Posted by: CriticallyAngry | March 16, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse


Good. Why not? It'll take away one talking (whining) point and does anyone think this president can't handle himself in any forum?
I kept saying, reward the respectful,serious, somewhat fair (it's relative)
FOX folks...Greta,Bret, Shep. Brit would be fine and even Wallace. On the other side, Obama and O'Reilly had a good go at it during the campaign. Do it again. They both seemed to have a rousing time and O'Reilly had a grudging respect for some time after. However, avoid the uninformed, under-educated clowns like Hannity and Beck, or the zealotous Barbies. That really would be a 'wasting an hour of your time'.

Posted by: dcunning1 | March 16, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

All i read here from republican supporters is name calling, and accusations of lying by our President. But what is truly remarkable they never site some specific thing he has lied about. There comments are so generalized you could you wonder if they really know what they are talking about. And believe me calling the president of the U.S. a slick talkin jive ass monkey. Disqualifies any thing you have to say. It truly makes you look and sound like a racist. And that goes for anyone here that supports jimmy1's comments. Fox is a republican soap box believe me the president will score a slam dunk just like when he got the republicans to meet on camera. He slammed them, he'll slam fox too. I can't wait.

Posted by: walterpayton | March 16, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Howie, apparently you have never actually watched Fox, which is understandable but if you're going to write about a thing it's advisable to have at least some experience of it. While it occasionally covers actual news stories, the main function of the "news" part of Fox is to "some people say" the views expressed on the opinion part of Fox, to deny airtime to stories that might score points for Democrats, such as the President's speech yesterday, and to give massive coverage to Fox's own endeavors like the teabagger rallies and completely bogus stories such as Ayers and the various ACORN "scandals". Hell, you don't even need the sound to know what Fox "News" is about - I remember sitting in a bar a couple of years ago where the TV was on with the sound off, and every fifteen minutes you'd get two minutes of Jane Fonda operating a North Vietnamese antiaircraft gun. All propaganda all the time.

The reason Obama is going on Fox, as with that ridiculous conference a couple weeks ago, is to demonstrate what drooling idiots his enemies are on their own turf.

Posted by: jeffbw98 | March 16, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama,Pelosi no one believes anything you say any more so give people that see right through you a break.
Just plain quit the BS.

Posted by: swansonmorganb | March 16, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

what a bunch of rabid right wing ding dongs! Obama is going on Fox to clear up the wholesale misrepresentation that Fox and the GOP have dumped endlessly on the airwaves. From before the election, Fox has spewed a constant stream of distortion, lies and inflammatory hogwash.

Not a day goes by i don't speak to someone who has heard and believed some nonsense from Fox. I we talk, one of two things happen. The person tricked by Fox either appreciates things in a new light, or, they change the subject and return with some other false charge. They cannot debate and win on the facts because their arguments are based on lies. President Obama is going on Fox to make clear how distorted and fraudulent are the messages of the GOP and Fox.

The GOP can spin and spin and spin, and the bigots and ignorati can foam at the, mouth, but at the end of the day, they are gonna realize they are the minority. Most people actually think about things and given the facts, their judgment will be made from common sense.

I'm looking forward to the exchange - the most intelligent news ever broadcast on Fox. Gotta wonder if their transmitters can handle it.

Posted by: right_as_rain | March 16, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Obama will tell Baier that the volumes of documented lies that Fox feeds its viewers compels him to go directly to the Fox zombies and parrots with a shot of truth.

Seriously, folks. Fox News tells more lies in a week than the real news organizations combined tell in a year.

As for the number of viewers, Fox and the circus do draw large audiences who are desperate to escape reality. What's the problem?

The problem is that Fox and its lie machine are classed with real news organizations.

Would anyone else pay good money to see Ariana Huffington waterboard Roger Ailes? That would be sweet.

Posted by: Ripley123 | March 16, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, that's great to read. Hopefully Fox will stay true to its course of not airing Obama so perhaps Fox can whip up some old episodes of Mayberry RFD to pass the time!

Posted by: therailroader | March 16, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Fletch,
The shortage (okay, I just googled and read articles dating from 2001-2009) for primary care docs is real, but call me crazy, this too we shall overcome! I understand that specialists make $400K vs $171K for primary care... between nurse practitioners and family drs, we'll get by.... having people covered is the important issue - everything else is a "work-around". It's been far too long that we've been discussing health care reform (40+ years!) and we've got to get something done! It's unconscionable that we don't have a safety-net for those less fortunate and "there but for the grace of God go I" is but one pink-slip away for a lot of us! If I were to get laid off, I don't think I would be able to afford the COBRA benefits that would be offered, so I'd be uninsured....

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

As I apprectiate intelligent broadcasting,
I NEVER stoop low enough to watch FAUX.
It is great to know that President Obama will be in a segment with Baier, I think I will watch just to see what the network can leave for airing, for Baier is not capable of intellectually matching The President. The interesting thing to watch for is to see how Baier will be loaded for bear, and will do his best to "trap" the President, can't be done. It has been such a pleasure to witness The President
putting the repukicans in their perverbial places, squashing their bilious verbatum
quite nicely. Their desperation grows each day, is very near a feverish pitch, rather
reminiscent of the same pathetic wailings of 2008. It is sweet to watch them squirm, and this segment will add a rousing
robust guffaw from this ole Independent!!
231 days until SWEET TUESDAY, only 1 day till FAUZ falls on their sword!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 16, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

To oredenbocker and others who keep going on about Obama using a teleprompter.

This is just one example of fringe folks on the right swallowing something that I'm guessing was first spouted by Glenn Beck or one of the right-wing pontificators.

Just consider a few points:

a) all presidents use teleprompters (even Clinton, who still managed to give one of his State of the Union speeches for many minutes after realizing the wrong speech was in the teleprompter (look it up);

b) what do you think George Bush used when he gave speeches? Also, I don't think it can be denied that Bush, while sometimes appealingly folksy and thus more likable to a lot of folks, would usually just repeat scripted messages when he spoke without a teleprompter-- he had trouble giving a lot of detail on specific policies and answering stray questions if he didn't have notes.

c) did you happen to see Obama speaking at the Republican House retreat a month or so ago, giving detailed, nuanced answers from direct questions from the House members present. Can you really imagine Bush being able to do that?

d) same speech patterns as Hitler? Give me a break, and stop listening to the Tea Partiers.

Posted by: Nancy26 | March 16, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse


What is dictator Obama doing on TV again? We dont want his healthcare scam. Leading to a One World healthcare. We cant have sick people in other countries right? What the Obama Deception movie for free on youtube and see what is going on. Just 5 minutes of watching and the truth will set you free.

Posted by: chiman1000 | March 16, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Linda, I too am in favor of reforming the system, but I don't believe the proposed reform is the solution we need... not to mention the costs are too high relative the incremental benefits that it delivers.

Regarding the "supply" component of supply and demand: You haven't been reading the articles about the shortage of primary care doctors?

Regarding "demand": Adding 30-45 million people to an already stressed system will not lower the price of health care. I'm sure you remember from Econ that when demand rises, and supply is constant, prices rise. In fact, with Baby Boomers using more and more health care, this is likely what is driving current price increases.

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | March 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Lord how I wish this man would take his Chicago corrupt, Big government loving, affirmative action produced, Marx loving skinny butt back to Chicago. And he can take his ugly "I have never been proud of America" bleating wife with him.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 16, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

How many of those 30-45 million people be illegals? And, who will foot the bill for them?

Posted by: khoran | March 16, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

WaPo Quote:Fox executives insisted there is an important distinction between its news operation and opinionated hosts such as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity"
***********************************
Take note that Obama DID NOT make that distinction when he invited LEFTWING MSNBC sycophants Olberman, Mathews and Madcow over to the WH for PRIVATE talks, last year!!

Can anyone say HYPOCRISY??

Posted by: morphy | March 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

wilsonccjr: What's he lied about? He's trying to get done what he promised during the election! And NO ONE can be more incompetent than Bush!! Hands down, the worst President ever!!

Fletch F Fletch: 30-45M more people = 30-45M more premiums the insurance co's can collect!! I don't see a HUGE dr shortage right now, I can always get in to see someone at the clinic, if my dr's not available...I'm sure they'd like the additional patients! AND... I choose to believe that between lowering costs due to increased volume plus cutting waste, this can be done..... and IT SHOULD BE DONE. Health care should be a right, not a privilege!! We are supposed to be a civilized society.. how we can just turn a blind eye to the less fortunate is inexcusable!!!

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

He is so incredibly narcissistic that hell nor high water can penetrate his steal wool scalp and awaken him from his self proclaimed dream of being God reincarnate.

This guy is the single biggest liar, the most incompetent excuse for a President of the United States that I have ever heard or read about.

Watch what is coming! His next move is to annoint himself President for Life, afterwhich he will launch his all out attack against anyone who opposes him. His speech pattern is so uncannily simimlar Hitler. In my 70 years of living this is the fist time that I have actually been fearful of a President. Sad. Very sad.

Posted by: wilsonccjr | March 16, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he'll speak about our brave "corpsemen"?

Posted by: khoran | March 16, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Is he FINALLY going to explain how we can cover 30-45 million more people, with the same number of doctors, and not see premiums rise and services cut? Because no one has meaningfully explained how the Econ 101 principle of supply and demand doesn't apply to health care.

And is he going to finally fess up to the fuzzy math and accounting maneuvers behind the cost estimates? Is he finally going to admit that this bill is not debt neutral -- i.e., we will have to borrow over $600 billion to pay for it?

Posted by: Fletch_F_Fletch | March 16, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I think that it is a brilliant move: Obama went to the Republicans' retreat and taught them what they think. They had to take it off the airwaves because they looked so incompetent. They were also handed their lunch at the health care discussion. I still cannot recall the 'plan' they proposed ... can anyone else?

As for the Fox boys, if they try to interrupt him the way they like to interrupt anyone they disagree with, they will only look like the bullies they are.

I venture to guess that Fox will not be inviting Obama back for a while ... at least not till they huddle and try to figure out how to appear as though they have half-a-brain, first.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | March 16, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

It would be interesting to see Obama as a guest on the various Fox OP Ed segments. Obviously, the commentators, and Obama should each be given the same amount of time to give their response to the statements of the other, which could be a problem for the Fox boys, as they are very good at cutting off their guests in the middle of a statement when it does not seem to be going their way. Hannity, Beck & O'Reilly, would lack the intestinal fortitude to go head to head with Obama in a pure debate format. These Fox commentators would decline, as they could not anticipate and control the answers to their unrestricted questions, and they might be shown to be very limited in their understanding of the real issues facing this county, ones which more tax cuts, no health insurance reform, no finance regulation and reform would not solve. Beck would be great fun to watch in that format!
That said,there are some very good programs on Fox, well worthy of watching, but as soon as it gets away from news, the network turns into a gigantic mouthpiece for the GOP line.

Posted by: atc333 | March 16, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

THIS MAN IS DOING WHAT HE HAS TO DO. TALK ABOUT WALKING INTO THE LION'S DEN!!!

Posted by: skinfreak | March 16, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Brett Baier is not exactly objective and can often be snide and snarky. The truly objective news anchor on Fox is Shepherd Smith.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | March 16, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I love watching republicans cry like the sky is falling.

Have you noticed, it's all they ever do. EVEN ...when they are in power.

How the constitution was trampled with these dire warnings about "mushroom clouds over america" so that they would get their way... is par for the course for these political inbreds and the many idiots who follow them blindly.

Where were all these constitutional purists then?

Posted by: jfern03 | March 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama finally figured out he had better talk to majority in this country rather than the fringe (looney) liberal elements. God knows what an ego he has so it should be interesting.

Posted by: dorrissan | March 16, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Trixlette, I have just one question for you. You say "We are not going to be able to speak for ourselves"... Who do you think votes people into office? It's the people, NOT the corpoations & unions who donate to campaigns... How do you think Obama got elected? HE LIED his way into office, and NOT because of corporations & unions. And, to answer your question "Why Obama is not liked." HE IS A LIAR, he cares NOTHING about you or Joe the Plumber. HE THINKS like a communist/left wing ideolog and THINKS he knows better for you than you do. And in your case He's probably right, because you are too naive and fall for some Chicago street scammin' community organizer slick talkin jive ass monkey. I grew up on the streets of Chicago and can see a scammer when I see one. It's easy with Obama, when he opens his mouth he is tryin to scam you. If you would pay a little more attention you will see it too. Don't beleive it just because it sounds good! Because he is only telling YOU what YOU want to hear, NOTHING MORE, to make YOU feel better. He has smoothed talked YOU for a year and done absolutely NOTHING, except lie.

Trixlette: The Supreme Court DID make an awful decision that'll affect how campaigns are run (bought) and we (the people) are not going to be able to speak for ourselves now... corporations & unions are going to control the campaigns...so they should have been brought to task....and the audacity of a sitting judge to rebuke the president is unheard of!!

Please, those of you who appear to hate this man with a passion...explain to me what it is... he has done nothing but try to stick up for us "joe blows - the average man"... and for some reason, all you "joe the plumber's" fail to see that... I just don't get it!!!!

Posted by: jimmyj1 | March 16, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

All combined less than 1% of the US population watches these "news" shows -- maybe their importance to the "real world" is overestimated.

Posted by: obgood | March 16, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA finally figured it out. He tried to kill Fox News off. He failed miserably. Now he wants their vast audience. Mohammed has come to the mountain.

Posted by: mharwick | March 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You are right Pearl77, the only reason he would go near that place is to have his words get to their audience who have been hammered by lies and distortions. I do not agree that he should ignore them. Face them with the truth without fear. I have seen him do it numerous times and come out shining.

Posted by: 1rakat | March 16, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

rumor has it that Fox promised two extra teleprompters to get Hussein to agree to the interview. Obamayamoma 'deemed' that worthy.

Posted by: oredenbocker | March 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I wouldn't let my pet Skunk go near those weirdo's on Fox. Can you imagine all the Right Wing Fruitcakes actually laying eyes on Americas President for the first time ? All over the South the Trailer Parks go silent as the President speaks.

Posted by: wasaUFO | March 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

You are right Pearl77, the only reason he would go near that place is to have his words get to their audience who have been hammered by lies and distortions. I do not agree that he should ignore them. Face them with the truth without fear. I have seen him do it numerous times and come out shining.

Posted by: 1rakat | March 16, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

You are right Pearl77, the only reason he would go near that place is to have his words get to their audience who have been hammered by lies and distortions. I do not agree that he should ignore them. Face them with the truth without fear. I have seen him do it numerous times and come out shining.

Posted by: 1rakat | March 16, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

You are right Pearl77, the only reason he would go near that place is to have his words get to their audience who have been hammered by lies and distortions. I do not agree that he should ignore them. Face them with the truth without fear. I have seen him do it numerous times and come out shining.

Posted by: 1rakat | March 16, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

And there's Trixlette whith the hard facts. 80%, she probably got that number from the guy who sold Jack his magic beans.
And dhy, as far as closed minded conservatives, for the teabaggers, that's the definition of conservative, nothing in garbage out.

Posted by: jrt30120 | March 16, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

You are right Pearl77, the only reason he would go near that place is to have his words get to their audience who have been hammered by lies and distortions. I do not agree that he should ignore them. Face them with the truth without fear. I have seen him do it numerous times and come out shining.

Posted by: 1rakat | March 16, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

And there's trixlette with those hard facts. 80%, she probably got that number from the guy who sold Jack his magic beans.

Posted by: jrt30120 | March 16, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What's interesting to me is that folks who could not find a fact if you presented them with the scientific evidence want to talk about how the President is "wrong on the facts". Of course they know that because Rush and Sean told them. He is probably going on Fox news to dispel the lies, but at the end of the night, or the next day after Rush and Sean, you will have new talking points and "death panel" facts to chant about. I understand that thinking is hard, so why think when Fox already thought about it. The other thing that is funny is that you feel that you are kindred spirits with Rush and Sean, when they both make hundreds of millions a year to feed you dribble, and you make just enough to buy dribble.

Posted by: jrt30120 | March 16, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope Mr Baier will ask The President,if he aware of these two axioms . If you lay down with dogs, you will get fleas and Figures don't lie but liars figure.

Posted by: jdharwell85 | March 16, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I would not say that Obama has "accepted the distinction" between Faux "news" and their opinion hosts at all. ALL of their commentators at any hour NEVER have a good word to say about the president, NEVER depict any of us actions favorably or even in a neutral manner. They ARE the mouthpiece of the republican party. No other network even comes close to the constant one-sidedness of Faux "news".
The only reason the president would get near the place would be to have his own words get to their audience who have been hammered with endless lies and distortions from the start of his presidency. Frankly, I think he is wasting his time. Ignoring them is the best policy.

Posted by: Pearl77 | March 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope Mr Baier will ask The President,if he aware of these two axiom . If you lay down with dogs, you will get fleas and Figures don't lie but liars figure.

Posted by: jdharwell85 | March 16, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

linda35, when I turn on my am radio I receive the Fox channels easier than any other channels. Have you ever looked how many channels Fox controls? Take a look. You don't find more than 2 CNNs, one MSNBCs, but a half dozen of FOX. I listen to Fox just to see how far the disgusting idiots will go.

Communism most powerful enemy was propaganda. When the Berlin Wall came down guess where that weapon set up shop?

You could now label it CIAed in the USA.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Farmsnorton: No, Fox News is NOT relevant in terms of actually reporting accurate news, but they do have a wide-spread audience of "believers" that follow their propaganda/entertainment every day...so if Obama wants to get his message to them factually and accurately, he has to go to them himself... which is okay...maybe some of the people that watch Fox will learn something!!

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Would it be any different being lowered into a pit of demons and vipers?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I very seldom listen to any one on any news network. However I do listen to the topic. Then I do my own research. What I have found is that they rarely use common sense. That seems to be what is missing in all areas of politics. You see, I have also realized that the logic of politics is that there is none. Most everyone on the "HILL" are to busy pointing fingers at who caused the problem. Who cares, just fix it. I want what they have(health ins.).

Posted by: casebastian7 | March 16, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I guess Obama is finally admitting that Fox new is very relative.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 16, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama, you weak little mouse, our top general just came out and said the Israel position on the settlements is putting our troops in harms way. No more money to Israel, no more arms to Israel and congress should not accept one more dime from Israel.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 16, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Deserteagle1: YUP.... a majority of people in this country WANT healthcare reform... it's way overdue... and that same majority is what put Obama in the WH. Rather than continue down the path of our constitutional rights being trampled (ie Patriot Act, unwarranted wire taps, etc.), we all decided that enough was enough with the way Republicans ran the country... they had their way for too long.... no more corporations rule...it's the people's rule now.

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

trixlette = teabagger idiot.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 16, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey coffeenerves: Here's the count for recent Fox viewership: ..what you'll see is that, altho the viewership numbers of the NEWS during the day is fairly tight, when you add in the ENTERTAINMENT value of Hannity, Beck & O'Reilly, that's when the MILLIONS you refer to kick in....
Cable News Ratings for March 14, 2010
P2+ Total Day
FNC – 854,000 viewers
CNN – 403,000 viewers
MSNBC – 335,000 viewers
CNBC- 213,000 viewers
HLN – 248,000 viewers

P2+ Prime Time
FNC –1,108,000 viewers
CNN – 476,000 viewers
MSNBC – 421,000 viewers
CNBC – 227,000 viewers
HLN – 248,000 viewers

25-54 Total Day
FNC – 241,000 viewers
CNN – 123,000 viewers
MSNBC – 157,000 viewers
CNBC – 103,000 viewers
HLN –104,000 viewers

25-54 Prime Time
FNC – 256,000 viewers
CNN – 112,000 viewers
MSNBC – 177,000 viewers
CNBC –96,000 viewers
HLN – 86,000 viewers

35-64 Total Day
FNC – 427,000 viewers
CNN – 177,000 viewers
MSNBC – 162,000 viewers
CNBC– 120,000 viewers
HLN – 122,000 viewers

35-64 Prime Time
FNC – 436,000 viewers
CNN – 190,000 viewers
MSNBC –211,000 viewers
CNBC – 107,000 viewers
HLN – 105,000 viewers


Trixlette: The Supreme Court DID make an awful decision that'll affect how campaigns are run (bought) and we (the people) are not going to be able to speak for ourselves now... corporations & unions are going to control the campaigns...so they should have been brought to task....and the audacity of a sitting judge to rebuke the president is unheard of!!

Please, those of you who appear to hate this man with a passion...explain to me what it is... he has done nothing but try to stick up for us "joe blows - the average man"... and for some reason, all you "joe the plumber's" fail to see that... I just don't get it!!!!

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a good idea for the President to appear on Fox, as well as all other news programs. Bret Baier is one of the best! Hopefully, he will ask the tough questions. One he should (must) ask is: "Does the President believe that getting a majority vote for himself to get elected plus having clear majorities in both houses of Congress give him and the Democrats carte blanche power to assert their will over the will of the American people on key issues of national importance, e.g., health care?"

Posted by: deserteagle1 | March 16, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Trixlette! Something to be proud of, you're the party of TV watchers! woohoo!!! I guess that's what makes you all SOOO smart. No wonder you can't put together a coherent thought nor a grammatically correct paragraph. Come back when you get your edumacashun on some other channel.

Posted by: dhy9435 | March 16, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Trixlette says-The problem there is, he doesn't do it without reading pre-made speeches, and reading them from a teleprompter.
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Who's distorting facts, again? For just one of many un-telepromptered apperances, this one being Obama burning Mike Pence to a cinder on health care, look here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/29/AR2010012902724.html

To hassle Obama for using a teleprompter means you better hassle every speechmaker since 1960's, and the guy routinely flies without it. At least he's not saying 'nukular' for 8 straight years.
When you repeat easy lies like that, you invalidate your point. But you don't really have one anyway, do you?

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 16, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe HOW MANY conservatives there are out there with SUCH CLOSED MINDS! It is going to bring down this country. He's always damned if he does, damned if he doesn't with you all. Think of one thing he's done well ... exactly ... can you feel how tightly SHUT you're small mind is.
I have plenty of intelligent, conservative friends who can engage in reasonable discourse on real issues. So no disrespect to those of you who are not like some of those who made some of these comments, but don't you sometimes wonder how you ended up in the same species with some of these closed-minded whiners?! I know I do, it's embarrassing. You are shutting down this country.

Posted by: dhy9435 | March 16, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

To: carpentr2 Just like a Lib, distort the facts, without paying off ACORN, he would not be president. As for being on tv, he's on tv everyday, even more than spongebob. The problem there is, he doesn't do it without reading pre-made speeches, and reading them from a teleprompter. Anyone can be a great statesman, if all they have to do is read pre-made speeches. obama has proven time and time again, he puts his foot in his mouth every time he speaks without a written speech. So he no longer does that. And he will not win re-election, those that voted for him are turning against him. It's now just a waiting game, till his butt is outta there, with all his other dem cronies. Reid, Pelosi, Dodd, all of them are gone, they sealed their own fate with the heath care debacle. 80% of Americans do not want this health care bill, and none of the dems or the president will even listen to the people that elected them. So they are old news now, on their way out. We ALL want health care reform, just not this bill. And as I stated previous, which I see he has drilled it into your head also, He won, he's president, lol, get off the playground and get over it, yeah his election was bought and paid for, but he's not winning a thing now, his own party is turning on him. He has to threaten people to get a vote, or bribe them. That is no way to conduct a presidency. obama is just a person who speaks well with a teleprompter, and nothing more. He does not know how to run a country, he's been in officer over a year with the majority vote, and has done absolutely nothing. I would now like to see that black woman, that was at the inauguration, who was gushing with tears, saying now i don't have to worry about paying my rent, buying groceries, or putting gas in my car, obama is gonna do that for me..... I want to see how much money obama has paid on her behalf???? Will someone please find that woman???? She probably lost her home, her car and is on food stamps. Those people that had their votes bought and paid for, will not vote that way again, because things have not changed for them. So go puff your chest out somewhere else, the real Americans aren't buying your opinions or those of this administration.

Posted by: trixlette | March 16, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey mas92102:

Think if someone on Fox said what you just said they would be branded as a racist? Just because a left wing wingnut says it doesn't hide the racism.

Posted by: dnha | March 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Why does he need to speak to the white male 25% of the country? They no longer matter and the more they parade around like O'Really Hannity and Beck the more they shoot themselves in the foot.

Bad move. Instead of promoting this network Obama should continue to expose Fox for what it is - a has-been network whose sole function is to placate bitter, old white guys.

Posted by: mas92102 | March 16, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The naked Emperor has finally cried UNCLE! Mr. Harvard SuperIntellect has done polling that proves his many hours of bloviating before the Lame Stream Media was to only a small number of people who still watch bozo's like Couric and Williams. Mr. "Slime Fox News" is now desperate to be heard by MILLIONS. lmao!!
WTG, Barry!

Posted by: coffeenerves | March 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Howell Raines? The mentor to Jayson Blair?
We can all put stock in his opinion....NOT!

Posted by: khoran | March 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Why will the President go on Fox? Because he's the bigger man.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 16, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

LMAO, He NEEDS to go on FOX, because all the "Other" so called media outlets, have not viewership. If you combine them all they still don't reach the viewing audience of Fox News. Imagine that, to pass health care, obama has to cow-tow to Fox. That is so funny. I hope Fox has the courage, to accept him on their show on their terms, being able to ask him the tough questions, not just the fluff the so called other media has been throwing at him. obama has out right lied so much, Bret Baier, needs to take him to task with the actual FACTS. Like what happened with the supreme court justices, when obama chastised them like that, in front of everyone, how humiliating that was. There too obama was wrong on the facts. On CNN, he was wrong on the facts. obama just seems to think if he states his own facts, the way he sees them, enough times, that they become real, because he is the president. That's another thing, isn't it very childish of a grown man to keep repeating, "I won, I am the president, get o0ver it"? The only one not over it is him. When he can't or won't answer a question, especially thrown at him by McCain, that's his only answer. If Fox doesn't nail him on these things, I will lose a lot of respect for FOX.

Posted by: trixlette | March 16, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

As usual, because we ( the Libs ) say FOX is not a news agency the ditto heads suddenly think the President can't go on and make a pitch. He went on the tonight show... he went on TV and actually WON the election as the most powerful leader in the world - what happened ditto head? couldn't get enough of your friends out of rehab to vote? Gee I'm sorry to hear that..Not!

Posted by: carpentr2 | March 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hear, hear stevec3!!

Maybe some Fox listeners will actually learn something!

prossers7 - have you not noticed that Obama can handle himself quite well with any question asked of him? He doesn't have to have any vetting of the audience and he will answer any question. I wish those of you who just stick with the talking points all the time actually took the time to look up the facts (which Fox is woefully short of!).

Everyone in my neighborhood refers to Fox as the Fox Entertainment Network, since even their news department is laughable. But that's why politicians go on the late night shows as well - to get their message across and try to dispel the half-truths and bold face lies being told!

Posted by: linda35 | March 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

wait a minute - hold the press - The Libs have always said that Fox News is not a real news organization. So, why is Obama agreeing to appear on Fox? Libs?
Can't wait to hear your excuses. ;-)

Posted by: NO-bama | March 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Obambi needs FOX far more than FOX needs Obambi. Next thing you know they'll have Nancy Pe-loser on!!!!!

Posted by: elreytk | March 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Typical, Complain that he won't go on, Complain that when he does go on he is not saying what you want said, NO NO NO You should be ashamed of yourself. Don't you have any sense of your own being apart from parroting what you hear? Would you like a cracker? Cracker?

Posted by: NGrunge | March 16, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

prossers7, like all Fox News lovers you need a decent respect for those pesky things called "facts". Obama gets grilled by all the other cable networks, and the broadcast nets, too. Besides, the man doesn't need any subjects taken off the table. He's not Sarah Palin: he went to college, read a book or two, and has a reasonable respect for the western traditions of reason and education.

Howell Raines had it right on Sunday. Fox News is not a journalistic organzation, but the closest thing we have in America to an unofficial propaganda ministry.

Posted by: stevec3 | March 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what subjects have been tabooed by Obama before this agreement to appear of Fox.

Obama's primary disagreement with Fox News is that he cannot control the Q&A with Fox and that he doesn't own them for his own use as is CNN, MSNBC, etc.

Posted by: prossers7 | March 16, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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