When President Barack Obama charged Fox News with never having anything positive to say about his administration, the channel paid attention and fired a shot of its own across the bow of the presidential ship of state.
Fox News Anchor Neil Cavuto took the lead in the offensive, challenging: “If you dismiss us, why do you keep talking about us? If you’re so powerful, why do you sound so petty?
“And if you remind folks that you are president of all the people, which you are, why ignore those who challenge you, which you do?”
Members of the cast of “Fox and Friends” also got in on the act.
On the morning following the Obama jab, Steve Doocy explained: “We were just balancing things out. When you watch the other news channels you don’t hear a lot of the criticism.”
For her part, Fox and Friends’ Gretchen Carlson was somewhat kinder as she and her cronies discussed the Obama dig, saying, “We have an open seat for him.”
The latest squabble between Fox and the president got underway when CNBC’s John Harwood asked Obama about the perception that he has enjoyed an easy and friendly relationship with the press.
Obama disagreed saying, “I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration…That’s a pretty big megaphone. You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.”
Obama did not disagree when Harwood suggested that he must be talking about Fox.
The president went on to say: “We welcome people who are asking us some tough questions. I think I’ve probably been as accessible as any president in the first six months…..I think that actually the reason people have been generally positive about what we’ve been trying to do is people feel as if I’m available and willing to answer questions and we haven’t been trying to hide the ball.”
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