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'60 Minutes' softball toss to Obama a 'grotesque embarrassment'

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The over-the-top, irrational hatred of Fox News, particularly by those who never watch it, isn’t quite understandable, but it’s somewhat explainable.

Liberals who dominate most traditional news media – CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS, NPR and most newspapers – “can’t stand the fact that they no longer have a monopoly,” syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said the other day.

The founders of Fox, he said, found a “niche” in broadcasting: half the American people – “the half that have suffered for decades” from getting only one slant on the world, a liberal one.

It’s interesting, too, adds fellow conservative Jonah Goldberg, that rich liberals looked at that overwhelmingly liberal media lineup and said, “Hey, we need another network to the left of MSNBC.” So they created the far-left Current TV, which has been gobbled up by Al-Jazeera, the leading Arab network.

If money and audience drove such decisions, they might have created a conservative competitor to Fox, which tramples all the liberal outlets in ratings. But today’s broadcast media aren’t in a money or ratings war; they’re in an ideological war. And their commander in chief is Barack Obama.

Consider the lengths CBS alone has been willing to go to in order to prop up Obama: They’ve now sullied the 60 Minutes brand with a “grotesque embarrassment” of an interview, as Goldberg puts it, of Mr. Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Amazingly, the interviewer, Steve Kroft, explained that Obama chose to go onto 60 Minutes because “I think he knows that we’re not going to play gotcha with him.” That’s interesting, since that’s precisely why politicians used to avoid going on the show – because they knew the questioning would be tough and relentless. Now, a 60 Minutes star is actually touting the opposite! And, indeed, the interview was bereft of any real journalism, and was even a bit fawning.

Writing in The Atlantic, journalism commentator Conor Friedersdorf called it “another softball interview with the most powerful man in the world, a performance that ought to earn (Kroft) a rebuke from his peers in the news business but almost certainly won’t.”

Comparing the questions asked, Friedersdorf even suggests Comedy Central network was tougher on Obama than 60 Minutes.

What a disgrace for a formerly proud broadcast news magazine. Even National Public Radio liberal Mara Liasson concluded, “It was a kind of puff piece exit interview pat-on-the-head for Hillary. (Kroft) played along, from what we could tell.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama again has tried to demonize the only major news outlet that won’t genuflect to him, Fox News. In an interview in the far-left New Republic magazine, he claimed Republicans in Congress feel “punished” on Fox and on talk radio for making deals with Democrats.

That’s not only silly – it was Republicans who caved on tax increases in the latest budget deal, while Democrats yieled no ground on spending – but in keeping with Obama’s modus operandi of trying to silence opposition. He once tried to claim Fox wasn’t even a news outlet, and has tried to limit its access to White House news. Even CNN stuck up for Fox at that point.

We find the rabid complaints about Fox to be specious and unsubstantiated. It’s unseemly, and quite beneath a president of the United States, to be leading the harangue, especially when he’s getting treated to such puffery from other outlets.

We need Fox News and talk radio just to come close to balancing the flattery from the toadies in the Fawn News.

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Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/31/13 - 02:22 am
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Interview

Why Kroft didn't interrupt the president nearly each time he spoke the way Bill O'Reilley and Bret Baer did is beyond defense! Kroft must actually have respect for the office of the presidency (sarcasm intended).

I would take exception to the claim that the networks minus FoxNews are liberal. I was once an avid Hannity and O'Reilley viewer. I stopped watching because of their bias and manufactured crisis about "nothing" not because of anything the "mainsteam" media or president said about Fox.

I consider myself Independent-leaning but recognize many times the Network news hides behind false equivalences such as "both sides do it," rather than calling out a particular party or individuals. My subscription to satellite radio is one of the best investments I ever made. No more long road trips and being held "hostage" to limited programs on AM/FM radio.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 01/31/13 - 03:30 am
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There is an inconvenient truth,

independent of FNC's many failings, and it is that Current TV never would have fetched the price it did without a bid by the Qatari crown, which has increasingly asserted influence over al-Jazeera's editorial slant. Qatar is a member state of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which exists to mutually protect the Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf. You need to remember that, when considering who's aiding Syrian rebels, because it's most certainly not in the interests of "freedom" or "democracy."

DanK
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DanK 01/31/13 - 03:39 am
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Puff Interviews

I don't remember ACES whimpering and squawking like this when the major networks did polite interviews of George Bush or Ronald Reagan. Perhaps respect for the president is acceptable only for those wearing a Republican name tag.

Techfan
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Techfan 01/31/13 - 06:17 am
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Al Waleed Bin Talal has his

Al Waleed Bin Talal has his investments in a competitor.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/31/13 - 06:50 am
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DanK- they didn't do polite

DanK- they didn't do polite interviews with Reagan. The hung titles on him like amiable dunce etc and took every effort to smear him. Look at 60 minuets and the Bush forged natinal guard papers. My wife watchs Dianne Sewyer and they even had a segment on Bearing Sea Gold (gee that's been on Discovery for two years now). Nothing about the Obama recess appointments being over turned and there impact. Very few of the lame stream media have covered the debt spending and the Democrats denial yet the government accounting office says it is unsustainable. Now the economic contracture is being blamed on Republicans by Obama when we have been following Obama and the Democrats econonmic policies for four years now. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and how the finger gets pointed!

grouse
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grouse 01/31/13 - 07:31 am
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Would the Chronicle like a
Unpublished

Would the Chronicle like a little cheese with that whine? All media does fluff pieces from time to time, even the Chronicle...

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/31/13 - 08:49 am
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duh!

Best one-liner of the year:

"We find the rabid complaints about Fox to be specious and unsubstantiated."

Gee, I wonder why?!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/31/13 - 08:53 am
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NPR

You should have heard the NPR piece this morning at 6:09 telling listeners that the 0.1% contraction in the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter was actually good news. It wasn't really a contraction because most of the downturn was a result of a reduction in military spending. The liberal media tries to prop up Obama at every turn.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/31/13 - 08:53 am
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I thought "Fawn News" would

I thought "Fawn News" would have something to do with Ray Lewis and his deer horn spray. Yeah, I know fawns don't have horns. But the guy talking about Sirius satellite radio is missing all the good conservative talks shows and Fox News they also carry.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/31/13 - 08:54 am
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speaking truth to power

was once a saying among the liberal media. No more. Now the media is simply the Washington Generals to the government Globetrotters... play just hard enough to make it look like someone is doing their job.
Thank goodness Fox at least covers the inconvenient truths.

allhans
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allhans 01/31/13 - 08:56 am
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I love Fox News. Apparently

I love Fox News. Apparently so do many others. We are blessed to have an agency that tells us the
"rest of the story".
Despite what liberals believe, there is another side to the current administration that we wouldn't be aware of if not for FNC.

After all, just yesterday - 3 1/2 years after the recession ended - a panel on one station was blaming Bush for the dreadful 4th quarter earnings report. Its the never-ending blame game.

allhans
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allhans 01/31/13 - 09:00 am
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Little Lamb. Beckel and some

Little Lamb. Beckel and some other liberals blamed it on Sandy....They have no shame.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/31/13 - 09:03 am
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MSNBC v. Fox

If Fox commentators said some of the things said on MSNBC about Republicans they would be shut down. When Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave the Republican rebuttal to Obama's first State of the Union speech Chris Matthews laughed as Jindal walked in. Instead of an apology from MSNBC they now play Matthews' laugh track on every show.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/31/13 - 09:08 am
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I wish they would stop using this

“another softball interview with the most powerful man in the world,

Somehow I think we have lost that quote & won't have it in fact for many many years to come...or ever again...

Voting in the USA puzzles me every year...

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/31/13 - 09:24 am
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The numbers speak for themselves

FOX News has more readers, listeners, viewer numbers than 3 of the frequently quoted others.

When Liberal listeners admit that they aren't getting the facts from their media outlets it says a lot. The fact they turn to FOX and gripe still shows they watch Fox for the NEWS.

See for yourself:

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/01/29/fox-leads-among-adults-18-49...

Note: CBS won the NON-NEWS viewer numbers

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/01/30/cable-news-ratings-for-tuesd...

Techfan
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Techfan 01/31/13 - 09:59 am
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Do you mean the recess

Do you mean the recess appointments that were overturned by the very thing conservatives say they hate, activist judge David Sentelle, the Jesse Helms protoge who was appointed by Reagan and threw out the convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter? The same activist judge that removed Republican Robert B. Fiske as Special Prosecuter from the independent councel to investigate Whitewater and replaced him with Helms' hand picked crony Kenneth Starr who blew around $50 million tax dollars and turned a witch hunt over a land deal into a witch hunt over sex? The judge who sits in the majority because the Senate GOP is blocking Obama's nominations to the court? That even got to rule because the GOP won't let the Senate go into recess. No one's there, no work is done, instead, someone comes in and bangs the gavel for them to go in and out of session? The same GOP that didn't seem to have a problem with Bush's 171 recess appointments? Yeah, I wish they'd covered a lot more of that and let people know the real truth about what is happening.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/31/13 - 10:15 am
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watch more, learn less

Hey, Open Curtain, you're right that more people watch Fox News than the other news shows. One reason surely is that Fox is about the only national TV news show with a conservative POV so they get almost all conservative watchers; there are a number of liberal-leaning national TV shows splitting liberal watchers. More interestingly, polls and surveys consistently show Fox News watchers are the most poorly informed of all watchers about basic facts in the news, and even more poorly informed than non-watchers! A simple google search will support my statement.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/31/13 - 10:26 am
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Gee Techfan.....nowhere did

Gee Techfan.....nowhere did you say the judges did not follow the law.

We did not see you ranting about Republican appointees when Roberts voted in favor of Obamacare.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/31/13 - 10:36 am
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Fox News

"One reason surely is that Fox is about the only national TV news show with a conservative POV" It must be eradicated!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/31/13 - 10:40 am
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EEL

There seems to be some disagreement on your statement:
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/are-fox-news-viewers-least-informed/

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/31/13 - 10:52 am
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EEL.....when you "google"

EEL.....when you "google" that subject what you find is a bunch of links all quoting ONE study conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the 8 questions they asked had nothing to do with domestic policy on the economy, taxation, Obamacare, and constitutional rights. The 8 questions on that poll were mostly about Middle East events.

But I see you will gladly cite ONE obscure, misleading poll that "proves" your point but probably will not acknowledge numerous polls that indicate the majority still do not favor Obamacare, gun bans, or continuing the out of control deficit spending that Obama insists on doing.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/31/13 - 11:02 am
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EEL why don't you link the

EEL why don't you link the POLLS AND SURVEYS ( seeming to indicate that there are multiple studies). So please link them and give the questions asked ! I seem to understand as much as most liberals I discuss with on this board. But hey, how could one go with out watching a segment on Bearing Sea gold with Dianne Sewyer?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/31/13 - 11:05 am
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Techfan...the difference is
Unpublished

Techfan...the difference is that Obama is the only one to make recess appointments while congress was NOT in recess. Recess appointments are legal, IF congress is in recess. Why do liberals have such a hard time telling the difference between legal and illegal? It baffles them with immigration as well.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/31/13 - 12:52 pm
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Again

Well, it appears MSNBC has been caught airing deceptively edited tape again. This time in the CT shooting inverstigation making it appear as if one of the parents of the children was heckled by a pro gun advocate. Man, they have no shame.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/31/13 - 01:13 pm
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OK let me understand this

OK let me understand this "...polls and surveys consistently show Fox News watchers are the most poorly informed of all watchers about basic facts in the news, and even more poorly informed than non-watchers!"

There is some truth as usual in the statistical Misstatement.
http://www.people-press.org/2012/09/27/section-4-demographics-and-politi...

But given
CNN, MSNBC & FOX NEWS Listeners and Watchers have lower educations than Daily Show and Colbert report viewers?
Give that some thought and wonder if that is direct we want this nation to head?

FOX NEWS listeners out number the other Evening News channels about 3 to 1. Fox News is comprised of 40% Conservative, 33% Moderate and 22% liberal listeners. WOW 22%, or as many listeners of CNN, HLN, or MSNBC are the most poorly informed. Could it be there is more to the misleading statistic?

Also Given
CNN & HLN and other NEWS channels are rapidly losing ratings and changing their formats to "appeal" to wider range of listeners, to increase AD revenues of people that actually buy things.

Why do I think
the polls cited were funded by competitors or conducted in some special manner?

BTW: FOX NEWS has more Female than Male listeners.
So your cited polls are in as much saying Women / Mothers are "most poorly informed of all watchers". Even I won't go there, because my wife, like many wives, is never wrong about anything.

An Old Political Saying
If you cannot beat them logically, shoot the messenger, denigrate the source and deny the success, villainize the idea or concept.
Then later Co-opt it as your own.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/31/13 - 01:22 pm
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60 minutes has advertised as

60 minutes has advertised as hard hitting jurnialism at least it did...hannity and o'reilley always advertsized as opinion. and to those who dont remember Sam Donaldson use to yell at REAGAN....true jurnalism ought to be in your face and keep asking tough follow up questions..we now have a news media that doesnt..and i not refering to maddox, chris matthews etc on the lib news station they are opinion shows...but we must have a free press, not bias in informing and asking the tough questions to those in office who work for us..our country will not survive in its intended form without a free press..

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 01/31/13 - 01:26 pm
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recess???

Hey Humble.
Your response above is wholly disingenuous. You say recess appointments are legal only if the Congress is really recessed. The President made his appointments when Congress was not in town. Normally this would mean they were in recess, but Republicans called what are known as "pro forma" sessions where a senator shows up every couple of days and gavels an empty chamber to order. It's a complete sham, another Republican maneuver to oppose Obama in any way possible. Why do conservatives such as you have such a hard time telling the difference between real and sham recesses?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/31/13 - 01:40 pm
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EEL. Congress was NOT in
Unpublished

EEL. Congress was NOT in recess, therefore the appointment was illegal. If you are driving 120 MPH on the highway, it's still illegal, even if the cops are out of town. The law is very black and white. If a recess appointment is to made, congress MUST BE IN RECESS. Again I ask....why do liberals have such a hard time with illegal v/s legal?

This is just one of the many examples where the Constitution that the President SWORE to uphold, is just an obstacle for him to try to bypass. He should be required to follow the law, or he should be impeached. Simple as that.

KSL
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KSL 01/31/13 - 01:38 pm
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eel

Why do liberals such as you have such a hard time realizing that obama is a sham president?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/31/13 - 01:59 pm
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"The President shall have
Unpublished

"The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

hmmmmm....I'm looking for where it says "sham recess." Can't seem to find that in the CONSTITUTION that the President is required to follow.

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