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Out Foxing Fox News?

So recently, Fox News decided to not air Obama’s speech on health care reform, even though pretty much every other channel did show it. Fox also passed on a few other speeches by Obama. For example, for the memorial service for Walter Cronkite, Fox decided not to air the remembrance from Obama, and instead announced that they were showing “the most meaningful part” live — the part delivered by Cronkite’s friend Andy Rooney.

Soon afterward, Obama appeared on all the Sunday news shows, on every major network except for Fox News. Nobody would have noticed, but Fox itself decided to make a story out of it, complaining profusely that they had been slighted.

So last night, Obama gave a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards Dinner. This speech didn’t air on MSNBC, nor did CNN show it, but Fox News aired it in its entirety. In fact, and this part is almost unbelievable, Fox preempted 25 minutes of Glenn Beck’s show to air Obama’s speech. Of course, Beck’s show was a repeat, but still. Earlier the same day, Beck gave a speech in Seattle, and was given the ceremonial keys to the city of Mt. Vernon, Washington, where he grew up. Fox News didn’t even mention either of these two things.

Is Fox trying to make nice? (Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.)



  1. Greg wrote:

    Cynical hat: On

    So let me get this straight: they preempted Beck, who says that Obama hates white culture, by showing Obama’s speech at the Congressional Black Caucus. Additionally, they skipped many of Obama’s speeches where he discussed things relevant to and/or in praise of white people.

    Looks like they’re trying to paint him as a “reverse racist”. Just like Sotomayor.

    Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Permalink
  2. Dan3 wrote:

    Fox making nice? I doubt it, probably just showing Obama pandering to people with a different skin hue. The ones that will take “their country” away.

    Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Permalink
  3. Fox is trying to stir racism by showing Obama as talking to (powerful/rich looking) black people, at an event that would emphasize his race.

    It’s simple scare tactics, which will work for some white people: show the President being Black and encouraging Black people.

    Monday, September 28, 2009 at 4:32 am | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    Perhaps Fox is testing the waters. It is all about making money and maybe this was a way to figure out whether they might make more money …. naahh, I can’t even rationalize that. I think you all have about right.

    Monday, September 28, 2009 at 7:07 am | Permalink
  5. Daniel Habtemariam wrote:

    Wow, I hadn’t even considered the racial implications.

    But aside from that, they’re also setting up a future talking point – they’re playing the victim. In the near future, Bill O’Reilly is going to go on one of his rants about how Fox News has always given the President fair coverage, citing this Congressional Black Caucus dinner as proof, and that they’re the victim of persistent snubbing from the White House, repeating the 5 Sunday Talk Shows example. They’re counting on their audience’s limited memory and susceptibility to flimsy evidence to buy it.

    Monday, September 28, 2009 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  6. K!M wrote:

    whatevers you guys, we’re being too harsh. fox is completely fair and balanced.

    Monday, September 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  7. Sam Foster wrote:

    Wow, commenters 1-3 beat me to it, this is all about showing the BLACK President speaking to a bunch of BLACK people…totally a covert racist thing where they are showing their core audience that the big bad man is hanging out with other people they are afraid of.

    Monday, September 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Permalink
  8. EB wrote:

    Of course, FOX would show the speech to the Congressional Black Caucus in its entirety. (emphasis on Black) They are nothing if not consistent.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    I Have not respect to this channel

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 6:40 am | Permalink