Obama's fatuous claim of Fox News 'unfairness' to him

Thomas Lifson
Boo-hoo, President Obama thinks Fox News is "unfair" to him, but when challenged for examples, all he could cite was asking questions about difficult subjects.

This was revealed in the most interesting segment of Bill O'Reilly's taped interview with President Obama, aired for the first time last night on the O'Reilly Factor (the first 15 minutes of the interview were broadcast live prior to the Super Bowl). Here is the relevant section of the transcript:

 O'REILLY - Do you think I'm being unfair to you, do you think I've been giving you -

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - Absolutely. Of course you have, Bill. But, I like you anyway, Bill.

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] - Okay, but - give me how I'm unfair.

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - It-it-but - look -

O'REILLY - Give me how I'm unfair. Come on, you can't make that accusation without telling me.

PRESIDENT OBAMA - Bill - we've just run through an interview in which you asked about health, uh, health care not working, IRS where-where we, uh, wholly corrupt, Benghazi -

O'REILLY - All right.

PRESIDENT OBAMA - Right, so the list of issues that you talk about -

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] - But these are unanswered questions -

PRESIDENT OBAMA - Yeah, but-but-but they're defined by you guys in a certain way. But this - look, this is okay. This-this is -

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] - Do you not -

PRESIDENT OBAMA - If you want to - if you want to be President of the United States, then you know that you're going to be subject to criticism, and -

O'REILLY - But if it's unfair, I-I want to know if it's unfair. Is it un - criticism is criticism. It's my job to give you a hard time.

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - Here - here - here's what I would say. I think regardless of whether it's fair or not, uh, it has, uh, it has made FOX News very successful.

O'REILLY - But if I'm unfair, I want -

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - Here's what - here's the thing you guys - here's what you guys are gonna have to figure out is what are - what are you gonna do when I'm gone? I'm telling you -

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGHS] -

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] [INAUDIBLE] -

O'REILLY - Ah-ha-ha - ask President Clinton. Ask President Bush. I gave President Bush a real hard time. 

For the record, O'Reilly did not charge the IRS or Obama with being "wholly corrupt." The only blanket statement made with regard to the IRS was Obama's contention that there was "not a smidgen" of IRS corruption.

Clearly President Obama believes that fairness requires news media to avoid questioning him on uncomfortable issues. That is characteristic of North Korean concepts of fairness, but unrelated to an actual free press.

Boo-hoo, President Obama thinks Fox News is "unfair" to him, but when challenged for examples, all he could cite was asking questions about difficult subjects.

This was revealed in the most interesting segment of Bill O'Reilly's taped interview with President Obama, aired for the first time last night on the O'Reilly Factor (the first 15 minutes of the interview were broadcast live prior to the Super Bowl). Here is the relevant section of the transcript:

 O'REILLY - Do you think I'm being unfair to you, do you think I've been giving you -

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - Absolutely. Of course you have, Bill. But, I like you anyway, Bill.

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] - Okay, but - give me how I'm unfair.

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - It-it-but - look -

O'REILLY - Give me how I'm unfair. Come on, you can't make that accusation without telling me.

PRESIDENT OBAMA - Bill - we've just run through an interview in which you asked about health, uh, health care not working, IRS where-where we, uh, wholly corrupt, Benghazi -

O'REILLY - All right.

PRESIDENT OBAMA - Right, so the list of issues that you talk about -

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] - But these are unanswered questions -

PRESIDENT OBAMA - Yeah, but-but-but they're defined by you guys in a certain way. But this - look, this is okay. This-this is -

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] - Do you not -

PRESIDENT OBAMA - If you want to - if you want to be President of the United States, then you know that you're going to be subject to criticism, and -

O'REILLY - But if it's unfair, I-I want to know if it's unfair. Is it un - criticism is criticism. It's my job to give you a hard time.

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - Here - here - here's what I would say. I think regardless of whether it's fair or not, uh, it has, uh, it has made FOX News very successful.

O'REILLY - But if I'm unfair, I want -

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] - Here's what - here's the thing you guys - here's what you guys are gonna have to figure out is what are - what are you gonna do when I'm gone? I'm telling you -

O'REILLY [OVERLAP] [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGHS] -

PRESIDENT OBAMA [OVERLAP] [INAUDIBLE] -

O'REILLY - Ah-ha-ha - ask President Clinton. Ask President Bush. I gave President Bush a real hard time. 

For the record, O'Reilly did not charge the IRS or Obama with being "wholly corrupt." The only blanket statement made with regard to the IRS was Obama's contention that there was "not a smidgen" of IRS corruption.

Clearly President Obama believes that fairness requires news media to avoid questioning him on uncomfortable issues. That is characteristic of North Korean concepts of fairness, but unrelated to an actual free press.