NYT: Obama whined about Fox News at off-the-record briefing with lefty pundits

posted at 9:43 pm on October 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

Is this a joke?

Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, President Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about the network, according to people briefed on the conversation…

Mr. Clemente suggested that the fight with Fox was part of a larger White House strategy to marginalize critics. He cited a report in Politico about a strategy session in August at which officials discussed plans to move more aggressively against opponents.

White House officials acknowledged that Fox News did come up at that meeting, although not, they said, as a central topic. A number of issues had been added to the White House’s list of grievances by then, including the network’s heavy coverage of some of the more heavily anti-administration commentary at town-hall-style meetings on health care and Mr. Beck’s remark that Mr. Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people.”

Dude, Glenn Beck’s own fans don’t obsess about him this much. How do we put The One’s mind at ease here? Taxpayer-funded psychotherapy? A week off at Camp David? A security blanket, perhaps emblazoned with the “O” logo that he loves so much? I’m not being altruistic; we’ve reached the point where, purely out of self-interest, we may need to start worrying about this guy being on the red line with Medvedev, chatting about nukes, and letting his mind wander to what Sean Hannity said about him that night. What can we do to help this poor afflicted individual get the help he needs?

Update: Remember, though, he’s not losing sleep over it.


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Listen up FOXXY: Do you realize that it’s The Commander in Chief of The United States of America that is whining at you?

Cybergeezer on October 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Dude, Glenn Beck’s own fans don’t obsess about him this much. How do we put The One’s mind at ease here?

Not unlike Hot Air and other conservative blog sites making Olberman famous. Subtract your coverage of Olby and frankly he starts to vanish. I don’t see him quoted 1/10th as much when I sometimes cruise socialist’s blogs. Olby ought to put you on his Christmas list, and Hot Air should feel sort of stupid for helping him out.

doufree on October 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM

If he’s this bad now, what will happen in two years when Republicans will take the House and the Senate? He might become suicidal. He needs a psychologist fast.

nyx on October 23, 2009 at 9:06 AM

We need that crying screaming kid under the blanket to do a new Youtube….”Leave Barack Obama alloooooonnnnnneeee!!!”

This is getting really crazy, it’s what happens when America votes in a Hugo Chavez wannabe…….

adamsmith on October 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM

I think Dear Leader is bipolar. Despite the fact that he is wrecking the economy/foreign relations, I could muster some sympathy with him if he went to a psychiatrist and diagnosed this disorder. I had a family member who was bipolar and they usually have a paranoid streak to them during the manic phase before they were prescribed medicine to treat it. Having Bipolar disorder is a serious thing. Someone get a doctor to the White House.

nyx on October 23, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Credit to AP – I read this before I went to work this morning and chuckled the whole way there.

gophergirl on October 23, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Tuff. 1st ammendment pal.

johnnyU on October 23, 2009 at 9:21 AM

What do you expect from a Narcissist.

Dr_Irish on October 23, 2009 at 9:24 AM

I’m not being altruistic; we’ve reached the point where, purely out of self-interest, we may need to start worrying about this guy being on the red line with Medvedev, chatting about nukes, and letting his mind wander to what Sean Hannity said about him that night. What can we do to help this poor afflicted individual get the help he needs?

Help. He’s got all the help in the world. A fridge full of Wagyu beef, helicopter, arugala in the garden, and the thermostat set to 80 in the OO. The American taxpayer needs some help–we can start by balancing out the branches of government by going RINO and Dem hunting this year. No bag limit, road hunting allowed.

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Unbelievable disgrace to the Office of the President and the Oath he took. The world is hysterically laughing.

ultracon on October 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I saw a preview for ABC’s new version of ‘V’ last night and it got me thinking.

The premise is that a foreign/alien species arrives to earth promising hope, change, and free healthcare; but has ulterior motives to turn us into slaves/lunchmeat(assuming they stick to the original) Heck, you even got a scene of the aliens “controlling” the media by demanding no negative coverage. The alien even looks like a female version of BO.

Has ABC unexpectedly walked into a minefield here? Usually their television programs lean towards liberal point of views. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

tflst5 on October 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM

They way the left is hyperventilating over this is a natural consequence of their psychologically damaged minds.

It is all about image with them. Obama was imagined to be “Teh One” in spite of his lack of substantive experience. He speaks well, but says nothing. This is their world view because they do not understand why patriots are universally loved by Americans. The concept is not part of their experiences. So what they do is seek those who are loved as movie stars are. That worked in the short term, but eventually, the facade of the movie star image falls away and they are left trying to recapture the old magic, much like a washed up former A-lister.

Obama and his ilk are trying to create the conditions that will give them their Sally Fields “You really like me!) Oscar moment.

Well, this ain’t Hollywood you Marxist traitors! Americans KNOW you are an actor in a president suit, that the White House is your stage, and your stooge hands are working all the special effects to make you seem real.

And you are sooooooooo oblivious to how real red blooded Americans feel, you think that all you have to do is continue to double down on each failure and eventually the fantasy will become reality.

csdeven on October 23, 2009 at 9:44 AM

nyx on October 23, 2009 at 9:12 AM

He isn’t bipolar. He is 100% Narcassistic, with a helping of passive-agressive personality disorder.

ladyingray on October 23, 2009 at 9:44 AM

He’s NPD. This is the way they are. I wish he would feel so personally criticized by AQ and the rest.

perries on October 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Is this a joke?

Yes!!

Baxter Greene on October 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Wow I guess we ARE in 1929 Germany after all, or perhaps Venezuela, or Communist Russia.

With the willing help of Bozo’s accomplices in the propaganda media. I’m surprised the NY Times printed this.

dogsoldier on October 23, 2009 at 6:27 AM

This tactic of attacking Fox has backfired and they are too dumb to realize it. At the very least, it makes the rest of the media uneasy with having one of their own singled out. At worst (or best, in my opinion, so I hope the WH keeps it up) the MSM is going to come to what will be for them the sickening realization that they were complicit in helping to elect the most corrupt, dis-honest, and damaging administration of all time. (They are going to come to this realization anyway but the WH acting like spoiled, self-centered, talentless divas speeds up the process.)

Come 2013, (much sooner, I hope – maybe after the 2010 rout) we’ll be inundated with long, soul-searching, angst-filled articles and talking-head commentaries like:

“Where We Went Wrong”,
“Obama’s Failures are Our Failures”,
“Propagandists vs. Journalists: A Reporters Confession”,
“We’re Sorry!”,
“How We Helped Elect the Most Dishonest, Corrupt, and Woefully Inadequate President of all time.”

When those mea-culpas come, I will hold those that offer them in no less esteem than I do now.

Other future headlines to look forward too:

“Axelrod and Emanuel to serve in same prison. Can’t share cell as requested”
“Most Wanted says Obama seen with half-brother in Kenya”
“The French Mutt and Jeff: Michele rebounds with lavish marriage to Sarkozy”
“Olberman fired again. 12th DUI. Was covering high school football for rural Iowa station.”
“Murdoch shuts down NYT’s. Says just not worth it.”
“Polanski raped in prison. Diagnosed with Aids.”
“Mob hit: Harry Reed found dead in Nevada desert. CSI source says poker chip found in mouth”
“Nancy, Meet Ted and Walt: Pelosi’s signs contract to have head frozen upon death”
“Anonymous atheist blogger Allahpundit discovered to be church-going 72-year-old grandmother of 12. Says she lied to increase page hits. Prays for forgivness”

Rod on October 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Hmmmm.

“How do we put The One’s mind at ease here? Taxpayer-funded psychotherapy? A week off at Camp David? A security blanket, perhaps emblazoned with the “O” logo that he loves so much?”

How about another taxpayer funded private concert by Earth, Wind & Fire? Some more taxpayer paid for $100/pound Wagu (Kobe) beef? $500 an ounce caviar, again paid for by the taxpayer?

Or perhaps another flyby of Manhattan by Air Farce One?

Frankly I think Obama needs less reassurance and nightly entertainment and more of a kick in the ass by “Red”, of “That 70′s Show”, and some advice of “get your ass to work”.

memomachine on October 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

U.S. Federal Government is now filtering Fox News on government computers used by federal employees. All others are OK, but NOT Fox.

Jeff from WI on October 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

He isn’t bipolar. He is 100% Narcassistic, with a helping of passive-agressive personality disorder.

ladyingray on October 23, 2009 at 9:44 AM

I think we as a country should actually look at serious mental health screening for political candidates. There are some people who hold office and make decisions that affect millions of Americans that, frankly, have no business holding office. McKinney comes to mind as a shining example.

Johnnyreb on October 23, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Jeff from WI on October 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

are you sh**ting me?

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 9:51 AM

I want to elaborate a little. The most fundamental relationship a narcissist has is with his own image, which seems to be far more real to them than anything else. They are so solipsistic. Most or all of their energy is taken up with burnishing the image. When the image gets worshipped or adulated it is the supreme narcotic to the NPD, and we’ve all seen that exemplified. When the image is tarnished (by, say, actual reality), nothing could distress the NPD more.

I’m not a professional, but I’ve known 2 NPDs well, and have sat through absolutely endless hours listening to them relate with their own image and solicit back-up and, by god, is it tiresome. And not even to speak of how dreadful is this situation in which America finds itself.

The N will not change, so gird your loins.

perries on October 23, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Great to know he has nothing better to do than monitor Fox News. Everything is going swimmingly.

Or at least nothing is going so terribly bad that he can’t make it worse, so it’s better that he keep up his lunatic obsession with Fox News.

NoDonkey on October 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Mr. Clemente suggested that the fight with Fox was part of a larger White House strategy to marginalize critics.

What!?! Dear Leader who loves debate and open discussion and wants everyone to have a place at the table is really just a slick corrupt politician?

gwelf on October 23, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Soft, pampered PUNK who is used to looking brilliant with his marxist agenda within academic circles. Things are different in the REAL world, Barry. You fraud.

marklmail on October 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Jeff from WI on October 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

are you sh**ting me?

ted c on October 23, 2009 at 9:51 AM

It was on a local talk show program, but it was a federal employee that was more than a little uncomfortable talking about it. He was very nervous about losing his job.

Jeff from WI on October 23, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Tuff. 1st ammendment pal.

johnnyU on October 23, 2009 at 9:21 AM

And the second amendment to back it up.

Johan Klaus on October 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM

U.S. Federal Government is now filtering Fox News on government computers used by federal employees. All others are OK, but NOT Fox.

Jeff from WI on October 23, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I want to know if this is true. If it’s an executive order, I want Obama removed from office before the end of his term.

SarahW on October 23, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Just great.

Our only hope is if Ahmidenijad and Medvedev start to make fun of Obama’s ears.

bitsy on October 23, 2009 at 10:23 AM

The attack on Fox isn’t working, thankfully, with true journalists. Those like Maddow…sure. They are the opinion competitors. Maddow’s show is the bottom of the list.

As usual, the WH overshot the mark by going after the entire news network. When Helen Thomas says, “Knock it off,” then you know the real news organizations aren’t stupid enough to co-sign this move.

Once again, Obama is looking stupid. He was petty to try this tactic. It’s backfiring. And now he’s not only petty but also losing entirely.

AnninCA on October 23, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Odd how Obama’s White House orchestrated an attack on Rush Limbaugh, and then his flying monkeys over at CNN and MSNBC dutifully attacked Rush on Obama’s behalf.

After hearing about this meeting, you have to wonder about White House collusion with his media acolytes, to act as Obama’s attack dogs. Don’t forget that Stephanopoulos talks to Rahm Emmanuel on a daily basis also.

Talk about a lap dog press. These guys are more attack dog then lap dog.

OxyCon on October 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM

The attack on Fox isn’t working, thankfully, with true journalists. Those like Maddow…sure. They are the opinion competitors. Maddow’s show is the bottom of the list.
As usual, the WH overshot the mark by going after the entire news network. When Helen Thomas says, “Knock it off,” then you know the real news organizations aren’t stupid enough to co-sign this move.
Once again, Obama is looking stupid. He was petty to try this tactic. It’s backfiring. And now he’s not only petty but also losing entirely.
AnninCA on October 23, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Hopefully you’re right. It’s just a little disturbing that they tried this in the first place.

Chainsaw56 on October 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM

The hits just keep coming for the idiotic and inept Obama administration:

#
Iran Fails to Accept U.N. Deal

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,569272,00.html

URGENT: Iran reportedly wants to buy nuke fuel for reactor rather than accept U.N. plan to ship uranium to Russia

Iran’s response will come as a disappointment to the U.S., Russia and France, which all endorsed the U.N. plan Friday that called for Iran to ship its uranium stockpile to Russia rather than continue what is believed to be an weapons-grade enrichment program. The three countries formulated the draft plan in three days of talks with Iran in Vienna that ended Wednesday.

So the Obama administration defunded and turned their backs on millions of Iranians protesting for a fair election to oust the Ahmadinejad regime for this.

So the Obama administration has begged and kissed the a$$ of Ahmadinejad for months only to be bitch slapped like Bush and other leadership based in reality said they would.

This after Putin embarrassed Obama on denying the help with sanctions and endorsing their right for preemptive nuclear strikes.

Obama’s “smart power” is working out as well as Obama’s stimulus and war on FOX:

Epic Fail

Baxter Greene on October 23, 2009 at 10:41 AM

The One will soon be fidgeting with iron balls and locking down the White House mess to discover who stole the canned strawberries. This dude is a mess.

vilebody on October 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Obama’s administration would rather Fox News stop talking about health care. So they created this controversy. Obama can’t debate Fox News on health care, because Obamacare would die forever, so they think up this strategy. Its political genius. I have an article at my site.

While Fox is talking about itself, its not talking about Obamacare. They need to stop being distracted and keep hammering Obama on his ridiculous policies.

dan@onlyaliberal.com on October 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Anybody see him on Letterman last night? Me neither. Maybe, I can catch him on SNL tonight.

theaddora on October 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

So, how do the David Brookses feel about their boy-crush’s famous ‘temperament’ now?

JEM on October 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I have access to foxnews.com and am using a govt (DoD) server….just anecdotal, I know, so maybe it’s a local phenomenon that someone can’t get to it.

runawayyyy on October 23, 2009 at 11:31 AM

What can we do to help this poor afflicted individual get the help he needs?

Malignant Narcissism is near impossible to treat.

Oh to be a fly on the wall when his great meltdown comes. It will be spectatular. We can only hope Sasha or Malia video tapes it and uploads it to youtube!

Rae on October 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Hey Michelle, I know it’s an old practice but a lot of your commie friends still do it. For the love of God, please put some vodka in your husband’s baby bottle.

Michelle Dubois on October 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

So have the libtards found a new bugaboo? All that is wrong with the world is no longer the Jooooos! It’s Fox Noooooos!

evergreen on October 23, 2009 at 11:49 AM

There has got to be a serious examination of the political process which has produced this incredible and frightening result.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 22, 2009 at 10:07 PM

A.C.O.R.N. And two young reporters that brought the house of cards to its knees…so to speak.

scituate_tgr on October 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM

And the second amendment to back it up.
Johan Klaus on October 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM

E-mailed this morning that SB 2099 and HR 45 bills in congress are being set to pass which will “drasticallyrestrict our 2nd amendment rights. Call your reps now before it is tooooo late. These people will never give up on their main objective to destroy our constitution.

hillbilly on October 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

E-mailed this morning that SB 2099…

hillbilly on October 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Would this be the same SB 2099 that has been circulating as an email since September of 2000 and is listed as an Urban Legend?

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa091900a.htm

Yoop on October 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

IMHO this is a classic head fake. Goes something like this :

Conservatives : we want the crappy health care bill taken down!

WH : Fox news is terrible.

Conservatives : ooh, cookies ..

Let us not get distracted by this. It really *is* a gynormous distraction.

peter_griffin on October 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

IMHO this is a classic head fake. Goes something like this :

Conservatives : we want the crappy health care bill taken down!

WH : Fox news is terrible.

Conservatives : ooh, cookies ..

Let us not get distracted by this. It really *is* a gynormous distraction.

peter_griffin on October 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM

The answer is multitasking.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 23, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Foreign leaders must be beginning to wonder if this guy is even stable

PatriotRider on October 23, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Someone tell Axelrod and Raum to give this crybaby a pacifier and put him to sleep. Enough already!

bluegrass on October 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Note to Oba-mao…Fox news is bigger than you and your tinhorn revolution. Millions of Americans watch Fox news daily and your war against Fox is really a war against ordinary Americans. You picked a fight you can’t win. So, take your Mao worshipers and your band of Chicago punks and piss-off!

Nozzle on October 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Glenn’s phone contact was right yesterday
Anita Dunn’s husband Bauer is replacing Craig

macncheez on October 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Even the jerks in that meeting had to come away from it thinking ‘Holy crap! What a whinny loser!’

dogsoldier on October 23, 2009 at 2:22 PM

ahhhhhhh poor OBama getting all we weed up about that old meany Fox News!

MCGIRV on October 23, 2009 at 2:51 PM

..keep this up and you won’t they Barack Obama to kick around anymore…..

VTWaldrup on October 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM

..keep this up and they won’t have Barack Obama to kick around anymore…..

sorry Nixon quote mispelled…

VTWaldrup on October 23, 2009 at 3:18 PM

This memorandum from Media Matters is disgusting.

They now seek to form a Progressive media cartel (if you may) that will box out those “lethal” voices at FoxNews.

These folks are clearly no friend of the 1st amendment.

J_Crater on October 23, 2009 at 3:37 PM

File Under: So good, it needs to be published twice

Listen up FOXXY: Do you realize that it’s The Commander in Chief of The United States of America that is whining at you?
–Cybergeezer on October 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Salute

franksalterego on October 23, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Hopefully you’re right. It’s just a little disturbing that they tried this in the first place.

Chainsaw56 on October 23, 2009 at 10:35 AM

What Leftist doesn’t try to control the media?

hawksruleva on October 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Gee, what other president whined about the media exposing their nonsense…let’s see here…hmm…oh yeah! Slick Willy!

If anyone had a reason to whine, it was George Bush. But, as far as I know he didn’t. Perhaps I missed the secret meetings he had with Rush.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 23, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Has Obama loaned the “Hypnotizer” from “Men in Black”? Hmmmm…

ProudPalinFan on October 23, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Sarah Palin would agree.

ddrintn on October 23, 2009 at 1:01 AM
Dude. Just stop.

crr6 on October 23, 2009 at 1:02 AM

No. You get your panties in a bunch when you’re misquoted or taken out of context, but yet I guess you’re gleeful when “your side” does it to score political points. Be as indignant whenever ANYone is misquoted and smeared for effect.

That said, the problem is that you libs on this site are spouting so many of the same talking points, it’s tough to differentiate sometimes.

ddrintn on October 23, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Let me picture this in my mind…Obama, Maddow, Olberman, Rich, Dowd and Herbert huddling together, excuse me, whining together about FNC…review the readership stats and you find their readers collectively can’t beat Beck or O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Greta, etc one on one. Give me a break…get lost dudes!

FloridaMike on October 23, 2009 at 9:04 PM

He’s not losing any sleep over Fox News. Yeah, and the hair around his ears and temples isn’t getting any greyer either.

Goldy1 on October 23, 2009 at 9:24 PM

Let me picture this in my mind…Obama, Maddow, Olberman, Rich, Dowd and Herbert huddling together, excuse me, whining together about FNC…review the readership stats and you find their readers collectively can’t beat Beck or O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Greta, etc one on one. Give me a break…get lost dudes!

FloridaMike on October 23, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Hitler had Goebbels and Goering. The One has Olby, Madcow, Dowdy, and Leg Thrill, and we know what happened to ol’ Adolph, don’t we.

Goldy1 on October 23, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Obama to Fox….I want you to want me…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DmpM8DMZ9E

njpat on October 23, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Mr. Clemente suggested that the fight with Fox was part of a larger White House strategy to marginalize critics.

At the rate his critics are growing, Obama will reach burn-out before December. Gonna look mighty silly accepting the Nobel Peace Prize!

TN Mom on October 24, 2009 at 12:17 AM

All of this negative talk reminds me of the type I heard in San Francisco in the 1970s.

Man….that never gets old!

HAnthonyWayne on October 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM

This means he is losing a lot of sleep over this .

borntoraisehogs on October 25, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I for one hope Obama and his communist flunkies stay away from Fox news until we can remove them from office. Their appearance would get O’reilly and Rivera all wee-weeed up! They both would have thrills run up their legs if they could be in the presence of the liar-in-chief. O’reilly nearly wet his pants when he interviewed The One during the campaign! If Fox could be segregated from the White House it may stay objective rather than join the other puppet cheerleaders of this corrupt administration. Keep the war alive!!

Marco on October 25, 2009 at 7:43 PM

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