I had real mixed feelings seeing clips of Barack Obama being interviewed by Chris Wallace today on Fox. I hate fox news and think there is little redeemable about its broadcast. I thought it was the right decision for Obama to boycott appearing on Fox, for as their running count had it more than 700 days.
So why appear? one of his aides suggested he would take fox on. he didn’t. Apparently he went on fox to 1) show he wasn’t a coward and 2) curry favor with fox viewers, many of whom he had trouble with in Pennsylvania.
I assume these are the folks for whom Hillary downed a shot and talked about hunting, and who Obama suggested were bitter.
Obama ostensibly went on Fox to appeal to reagan democrats. problem is he wont get their votes in November, and probably doesn’t need them, and certainly shouldn’t count on them.
Fox is the network that has spread faux political issues about Obama not wearing a lapel pin, about how his jeremiah wright relationship is a disqualifer for president and how he is muslim. Hardly the sort of misinformation that should be smiled at or at least, not taken on directly. And this was his chance to tell Chris wallace that the Fox narrative is damaging to a democratic society, or at the least that wallace, the son of mike wallace should be ashamed of his lack of dad’s integrity and talent.
Obama did none of this. he held the conversation to a standard of civil discourse; little more and nothing less.
so, is this how obama is planning to respond when the swift boating begins in earnest? if it is, his appeal to the voters’ better angels might well go up in flames.
In my opinion, obama needs to pick a fight with fox about their rampant spread of misinformation which has successfully filtered onto other mainstream media notepads. Short of that, I’m not sure how his response will be any more successful that John Kerry’s in 2004.