Bob Lichter, president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, said Obama is just using an old Democratic Party tactic of saying, “centrists would go along if those nasty conservatives don’t beat them up.”

“I don’t hear Obama complaining about The New York Times trying to pull him to the left,” added Lichter, a communications professor at the Northern Virginia university.

Author and syndicated columnist Ben Shapiro said Obama trying to challenge certain media outlets dates back to the start of his administration.

“He’s talking about silencing members of the media he doesn’t like,” he told Fox News. “He’s done that before — this idea that Fox News is some sort of evil force in the media. He’s gone after Rush Limbaugh, talked about starting boycotts. This is what he does. He’s a bully.”