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Interviewed on CNBC Tuesday, President Obama vented his displeasure with FOX News, the cable network whose own senior vice president of programming has called it "the voice of the opposition" to the Obama administration. Here's Obama:

"First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."

Clearly referring to FOX, the president continued:

"Well, that's a pretty big megaphone," he said. "And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front.

"We welcome people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions," he continued. "And I think that I've been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months -- press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all."

What do you think? Is FOX News "devoted to attacking" the Obama administration?


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No I don't think so. I think Obama is trying to marginalize all non-sympathetic news by labeling it as attack. He is similarly calling the Republicans the "party of no," as if it were unnatural for the opposition party in a democracy to oppose. In fact, that's their job. Would a prosecutor insist that the defense stop opposing him? I find it shocking, anti-democratic and illiberal to say the least. I have never seen a head of state single out news agencies except in totalitarian regimes. Newspapers arose as organs of political parties who organized to gain a broader appeal and more efficient organ to run like-minded people for office. So the media have been, from the outset, biased. It is therefore essential that every point of view be available to the electorate. The concept of objective news is a very recent phenomenon.

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