Messina: Obama doesn’t attack Fox News or Rush Limbaugh

posted at 9:21 am on March 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The four scariest words in Washington DC have to be, “Hi, I’m Jason Mattera.” (Either that, or “We’re out of doughnuts.”) Few politicos seem to know how to deal with my good friend when he manages to find these moments; only Al Franken really did a good job of pushing back, which was unusual because Franken usually refuses to deal with any media not from Minnesota.  OFA chief Jim Messina doesn’t do much better here.  Instead of going on offense and forcing Jason to defend Fox News even a little bit, Messina instead falls into Jason’s trap rather easily:

Messina kept insisting that he’d answered Jason’s question, but he’d offered a nonsense answer.  Obama routinely includes zingers about Fox News in interviews and speeches — the video only scratches the surface of an entire library of moments from this President.  His White House tried marginalizing Fox in its first year to the point where other news agencies finally rebelled at Obama administration attempts to exclude Fox from events.  Obama himself tried taking on Rush Limbaugh in his first few months, apparently never having learned the lesson that punching down only lifts your opponent and diminishes yourself.

Maybe Messina can ask Obama for a better answer when he attends one of those quarterly meetings to which OFA sells tickets for $500,000 a pop.


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Yeah water isn’t wet

cmsinaz on March 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Ugh… creepy man.

Illinidiva on March 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

The four scariest words in Washington DC have to be, “Hi, I’m Jason Mattera.” (Either that, or “We’re out of doughnuts.”)

Nah, it’s “Charles Schumer, t.v. camera.”

I don’t mind the lies, that’s normal. It’s how incredibly lame and transparent they are. I’ve had to work harder for a one night stand. Put some effort into it, Fascist-Democrats.

rbj on March 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Jason Mattera is one of the real journalists of today.

The mainstream media is nothing but a propaganda outlet for Obama. And Obama is a narcissist. And, a narcissist can be in a room full of people who worship him.. but will ignore them all and focus on that one guy in the back corner he suspects isn’t fully overjoyed in his presence.

JellyToast on March 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Obama himself tried taking on Rush Limbaugh in his first few months, apparently never having learned the lesson that punching down only lifts your opponent and diminishes yourself.

Um Jim? Your rat-eared devil boss personally called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh suggested that blowing through thousands of dollars of contraception a year might denote slutty behavior. As a result of OFA bullying sponsors to dump Rush Limbaugh’s program and the subsequent attention; Rush’s numbers went up and there were plenty of sponsors willing to fill the gaps. Yes, you really are that stupid and lame.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

So is the hot Chick security?

dirtseller on March 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I always love how the “secretary/handler/assistant” is the first to react with the “you can’t do this to my boss” attitude, as if a public official is above the question of credibility. She did look clearly shaken by the affair.

Rovin on March 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Jason, sure hope you showered under a gallon of anti-bacterial soap…

hillsoftx on March 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I always love how the “secretary/handler/assistant” is the first to react with the “you can’t do this to my boss” attitude, as if a public official is above the question of credibility. She did look clearly shaken by the affair.

Rovin on March 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Yeah, they’re totally cool with the interview until the question isn’t a softball. I’m surprised Messina didn’t just trash FoxNews and Rush in response to Mattera’s question. Obama’s base would eat that up, while only conservatives(who are already predisposed to disliking and distrusting this regime) would be offended.

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Messina: Obama doesn’t attack Fox News or Rush Limbaugh

Ahhh, good ol Hitler Youth Messina reading up on his Geobbels
last weekend….

ToddPA on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Four scariest words:

Joe Biden press conference.

Bishop on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Are we sure Messina is a man? He creeps me out.

fogw on March 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I always love how the “secretary/handler/assistant” is the first to react with the “you can’t do this to my boss” attitude, as if a public official is above the question of credibility. She did look clearly shaken by the affair.

Rovin on March 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

You pathetic little serf, questioning the clear moral and intellectual superiority of a Royal. You people make me sick.

Bishop on March 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I read about this yesterday, but hadn’t watched the video till now. I

Naturally Curly on March 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Everything about this man is creepy.

Speakup on March 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I heart Jason Mattera. That creep Messina makes my skin crawl.

Naturally Curly on March 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Are we sure Messina is a man? He creeps me out.

fogw on March 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I still maintain that he looks like Laura Prepon with a short hairdo.

Doughboy on March 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Who would you rather have heading your campaign effort – Jim Messina or Reince Priebus?

bw222 on March 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Who would you rather have heading your campaign effort – an eight year old or Reince Priebus?

bw222 on March 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The Ruling class.
Creepy.

FlaMurph on March 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

what an ass

nonpartisan on March 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I heart Jason Mattera. That creep Messina makes my skin crawl.

Naturally Curly on March 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Reportedly, he “played” all the extra characters in the new
movie coming out, EVIL DEAD.

ToddPA on March 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Reportedly, he “played” all the extra characters in the new
movie coming out, EVIL DEAD.

ToddPA on March 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

He makes Bela Lugosi look like Captain Kangaroo.

Naturally Curly on March 22, 2013 at 10:14 AM

“I shouldn’t have to answer questions, I’m a member of the regime!”

Jason should have kept further away though, Messina might have tried to rub his thigh.

Bishop on March 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Um Jim? Your rat-eared devil boss personally called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh suggested that blowing through thousands of dollars of contraception a year might denote slutty behavior. As a result of OFA bullying sponsors to dump Rush Limbaugh’s program and the subsequent attention; Rush’s numbers went up and there were plenty of sponsors willing to fill the gaps. Yes, you really are that stupid and lame.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Obama’s Dept of Agriculture advertised the Food Stamp program on Rush’s show. Does the Dept of Agriculture not know who is on WABC in the NY metro area during the hours of 12-3? This would have been a better question for Jason to ask Messina.

monalisa on March 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

How dare Jason question his betters!

GarandFan on March 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

…Missy doesn’t get drug tested for his job!

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

His White House tried marginalizing Fox in its first year to the point where other news agencies finally rebelled at Obama administration attempts to exclude Fox from events.

They didn’t simply try, they were quite successful at it. After meetings between the REB and his team with Ailes and Murdoch, word went out to the Fox News team to “tone it down”. The change in Fox News was apparent. Their advertising blacklists also had an effect on Fox News, and likely played a part in Glen Beck’s departure.

Fox News desperately needs competition from the right to keep them honest.

Obama himself tried taking on Rush Limbaugh in his first few months, apparently never having learned the lesson…

The REB’s team also ran an advertising boycott against Rush after the odd emergence of Fluke as a national figure. Rush recovered, but it came as close to succeeding as the proggies ever have with him.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Mattera did go a little over the top when asking about Messina writing creepy messages on his hand. The message on his hand was not creepy.

It was his face.

Snark aside, the very notion that Fox News is not a constant talking point for him is just laughable. And it’s contagious; whether up or down, I cannot say. But engage a progressive on issues of import and the second response (because the first is always “you’re a racist”) is almost invariably “lol Faux Noise lol”. Apparently they want to talk about my viewing habits (I don’t even have cable service) and not the thing I just said.

The Schaef on March 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Nice jaywalking.

joekenha on March 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

It puts the lotion on it’s skin…

RobertE on March 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Messina: Despite my resemblance to John Wayne Gacy, I do not molest young boys.

Fixed.

MNHawk on March 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

The four scariest words in Washington DC have to be, “Hi, I’m Jim Messina, the babysitter the agency sent you.”

Fixing is fun!

MNHawk on March 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Ed is so kind to Jason.

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Wish I could take credit for this, but from an earlier thread regarding Messina: “He’s the the poster child for ‘Beat me up and take my lunch money’”.

brushman on March 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Messina = Goebbels of our times…but there are many Goebbelses in this admin.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Four scariest words:

Joe Biden press conference.

Bishop on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Least scariest four words:

Joe Biden’s shot gun.

He’s probably blow his foot off before he became a threat to anyone with it.

CurtZHP on March 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

what an ass

nonpartisan on March 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

All leftards are asses. Even their symbol is.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Of all the creeps of Obama, Messina is the creepiest.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

“Hi, I’m Jason Mattera.
Wanna see my Fox News sticker collection? Golly, isn’t it the bestest! And look here on my cheek…closer. That’s where Gretchen Carlson kissed me!!
What…you…you don’t like (sniff) Fox News?
But…but….wahhhh wahhhh…Ed, Ed…hold me.”

Yea..oh so scary.
Ha.

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

verbaluce, that was so lame. Just stick to yourself. At least then you’re a nice, uncomplicated ‘believer’ in leftard idiocies.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Mr. Obama has consistently punched below his weight.

unclesmrgol on March 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Biden’s One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50…
$459,388.65 Hotel Bill in London…

–Drudge

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Regarding the title:

”Messina: Obama doesn’t attack Fox News or Rush Limbaugh

Now gosh darn it! Let’s at least try to be fair to poor Jim Messina!

First of all, Rush is a commentator, and while Fox News Channel has conservative commentators, it also has a distinct news operation. It is an independent news-gathering organization. Jim may just not be aware that both Obama and his followers have been attacking the news-gathering function from the get-go, by lumping it altogether with the commentary.

So, Jim might simply think this is all about Sean Hannity, no?

And, think about it . . . there are other possible explanations for Jim Messina being utterly unaware that right from the start the Obama Administration has been engaged in an ongoing war with Fox News Channel on behalf of the President, with both the President’s blessing, and, from time to time, his active participation.

For example, Jim Messina may not have been on the circulation list for the series of scathing anti-Fox memos coming from the President’s first Communications Director, the Mao-loving Anita Dunn, a lady who right from the start of their first Administration tried — on behalf of the President — to isolate, neutralize and silence Fox News Channel by consistently referring to the cable network as the communications and research arm of the Republican Party.

Also, Jim may very well have also missed the several morning show appearances right around that time by Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, each persistently claiming on behalf of the President that Fox News Channel was not a “real” news network.

Plus, Jim could also have missed when Team Obama’s Magister Dunn finally (and foolishly) went public with her rubbish about Fox right on the airwaves over at then-rival CNN in October of their first year — 2009.

Within a month – as I recall, it took about that long for people with common sense to stop the raucous laughter — Dunn was gently forced out, whereupon she promptly staffed up and went on to make a gazillion dollars quietly peddling influence on behalf of clients with the Obama Administration. Who knows, maybe that was her plan! However, I’ve always suspected that she would have preferred to stay – power is very intoxicating — but she had committed the unpardonable sin of becoming too much a part of the story, and not Obama. I think the same thing was true to an extent with Van Jones.

Remember that Dunn had already been seen a few months earlier as more than a bit of a loony when she hired Linda Douglass from ABC to become the head of the Obama Administration’s version of the Stalinist Era “mutual surveillance” network, in which the she posted a video actually encouraging Americans to report suspicious information directly to her at the White House, via the flag@WhiteHouse.gov email address.

Anyway, back to Messina. He may have missed it all. Despite all of that going on, Jim may have thought the President actually liked FNC, no? Heck, there is a possibility Messina may have even missed one of several personal attacks that Mr. Obama himself made against FNC over time, including some recently.

But . . . uhhhhh . . . maybe not.

Maybe there is an even better, and more innocent explanation. It could be that Jim Messina simply has a memory like unto a sieve!

So, I think we should be careful dismissing all of those other possible explanations because it seems to me that the only explanation left, is that Jim Messina is indeed a pathological liar.

And, I for one, simply refuse to take any part in cheap name calling of that sort (the reference above to Dunn as a “loony” aside)!

Trochilus on March 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Bishop on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Four rarest words: Barack Obama press conference.

manyears on March 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

What’s lame is the whining about Obama’s whining about Fox News.
Why should he like Fox News?
Why does Mattera feel he needs to go out and defend Fox News?
(I think that’s Bill O’Reilly’s minicam abush guy’s job.)
Was Bush a big fan of MSNBC? Did his minions (or HA’ers) spend any less time whining about it?
What’s lame and amusing is thinking Mattera is any kind of threat to anyone. (Though I suppose you could get an accidental bump on the nose from a flipcam.)
This roving guerrilla ‘journalism’ attack reporter schtick is just silly…and very lame.
But hey, you enjoy…so can’t say there’s no value to it.

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Biden’s One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50…
$459,388.65 Hotel Bill in London…

–Drudge

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

You’re surprised that Paris is a more costly city than London?

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

This roving guerrilla ‘journalism’ attack reporter schtick is just silly…and very lame.
But hey, you enjoy…so can’t say there’s no value to it.

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Almost the entire rest of the media is Mattera. Open your naive eyes.

Two, don’t you tell me what the cost of anything is around the world. You should be so lucky to have traveled so much. You totally missed the entire point. During the sequester your overlords spend like lushes, and preach that the Rs “starve the kids and old people”. Suffocate from shame, all who do this, and all hypocrites.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

You should be so lucky to have traveled so much.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Let’s both not assume so much.
But Biden’s got us both beat on hotel bills.

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

You are quite correct, of course.

But I’m sure you also know that any point you make in response is utterly lost on the target.

He/she is here for the sole provocative purpose of attempting to sidetrack the discussion, via the tactic of flinging additional diversionary questions at you and others.

Trochilus on March 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Oh look! It’s verbaldouche!

Are you taking a break, v-d? Letting your lips rest a bit and unpucker…from having been stuck between lil barry’s butt cheeks for so long. You really should pace yourself, v-d. And use a lot of lip balm. Lil barry likes that.

btw; You’re an idiot.

Solaratov on March 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

You’re surprised that Paris is a more costly city than London?

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

That was stupid. But then, it’s verbaldouche.

Solaratov on March 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Are you taking a break, v-d? Letting your lips rest a bit and unpucker…from having been stuck between lil barry’s butt cheeks for so long. You really should pace yourself, v-d. And use a lot of lip balm. Lil barry likes that.

btw; You’re an idiot.

Solaratov on March 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Well I’m not the idiot that just wrote that.
“unpucker”…”lip balm”….?
Your poor friends.

verbaluce on March 22, 2013 at 5:18 PM

As always, Mattera looks like an idiot. He always has to embarrass himself and ensure no one will ever take him seriously. I simply despise the guy, because he makes conservatives look bad, and I wish he’d take his stupid clown act and go home. Do you still write creepy messages on your hand? Why on earth would anyone answer any of Mattera’s questions when he consistently acts like a moron like that?

TheBlueSite on March 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM