President Barack Obama’s recent cover story with Rolling Stone magazine is a fascinating interview covering a broad range of issues. While the president’s taste in music has been sensationalized, few have brought to attention Obama’s striking criticism of his most prominent hater, “Fox News.”
The right-wing conservative network has been a major critic of Obama. Fox has used its media influence to take shots at the President, from his economic policies and Heathcare Plan, to, most recently, his choice in music with an online offensive headline that read, “President of the United States Loves Gangsta Rap.” The headline was a response to the president’s remarks in Rolling Stone when he commented on his latest choice of music. Obama said he now listens to Nas and Lil’ Wayne. And we’d hardly qualify these notable hip hop artists as “gangsta” rappers. The network has recently taken the headline off of its website.
But it seems the president has been long hip to the network and its more than obvious distaste of him.
Obama talks “Fox News” to Rolling Stone, “It is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view.” The president continues, “It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class is competitive in the world.”
Obama says from an economic standpoint, “Fox News” has been “wildly successful.” “I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch (Fox network owner) what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.”
The president presents a sound point. On the other hand, many people have argued CNN is overly liberal and has a very concise democratic agenda. We can look throughout history from early newspapers and magazines to the rise of major news networks; most of them present their news from some sort of specific viewpoint.
What’s your stance on news networks and political stances? Do you think it’s the job of news networks to have a political agenda, or to simply report the news, fairly and ethically? Sound off!