President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy and Biased Press Conference Question

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During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, CNN embarrassed themselves with a biased question that President Obama dismantled with facts.

Video:

http://youtu.be/3HgfQY9tPIM?t=3m46s

Transcript:

MR. CARNEY: The next question comes from Jim Acosta of CNN.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Arigato, Mr. Prime Minister. Mr. President, in regards to the Senkaku Islands, I just want to make sure that this is absolutely clear. Are you saying that the U.S. would consider using military force were China to have some sort of military incursion in those islands to protect those islands? And how does that not draw another red line that you would have to enforce — of putting U.S. credibility, your credibility on the line once again, as it was in the case with Syria and Russia? And on another key security issue, you mentioned North Korea in your meeting with the Prime Minister. Are you issuing a warning to North Korea that there should not be another nuclear test?

And to Prime Minister Abe, do you have confidence in President Obama’s assurances about your security when the U.S. and the West were unable to stop Russia’s advances in Ukraine? Thank you.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, Jim, let me unpack that question because there’s a whole bunch of assumptions in there, some of which I don’t agree with.

First of all, the treaty between the United States and Japan preceded my birth, so obviously, this isn’t a “red line” that I’m drawing; it is the standard interpretation over multiple administrations of the terms of the alliance, which is that territories under the administration of Japan are covered under the treaty. There’s no shift in position. There’s no “red line” that’s been drawn. We’re simply applying the treaty.

At the same time, as I’ve said directly to the Prime Minister that it would be a profound mistake to continue to see escalation around this issue rather than dialogue and confidence-building measures between Japan and China. And we’re going to do everything we can to encourage that diplomatically.

With respect to the other issues that you raise, our position, Jim, the United States’ position is that countries should abide by international law; that those laws, those rules, those norms are violated when you gas children, or when you invade the territory of another country. Now, the implication of the question I think is, is that each and every time a country violates one of those norms the United States should go to war, or stand prepared to engage militarily, and if it doesn’t then somehow we’re not serious about those norms. Well, that’s not the case.

Right now, we have 87 percent of serious chemical weapons have already been removed from Syria. There’s about 13 percent left. That’s as a consequence of U.S. leadership. And the fact that we didn’t have to fire a missile to get that accomplished is not a failure to uphold those international norms, it’s a success. It’s not a complete success until we have the last 13 percent out.

With respect to Russia and Ukraine, we’ve been very clear about the fact that there’s not going to be a military solution to the problem in Ukraine, but we have already applied sanctions that have had an impact on the Russian economy and we have continued to hold out the prospect, the possibility to resolve this issue diplomatically. There was some possibility that Russia could take the wiser course after the meetings in Geneva. So far, at least, we have seen them not abide by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in Geneva. And instead, we continue to see militias and armed men taking over buildings, harassing folks who are disagreeing with them, and destabilizing the region, and we haven’t seen Russia step up and discourage that.

On the other side, you’ve seen the government in Kyiv take very concrete steps, in introducing an amnesty law and offering a whole range of reforms with respect to the constitution, that are consistent with what was discussed in Geneva. And my expectation is, is that if, once again, Russia fails to abide by both the spirit and the letter of what was discussed in Geneva, that there will be further consequences and we will ramp up further sanctions.

That doesn’t mean that the problem is going to be solved right away. These are difficult issues. But what we try to do is to make sure that we are very clear about what we stand for, what we believe in, and we are willing to take actions on behalf of those values, those norms, and those ideals.

The question from the CNN reporter was absurdly biased because it was based on the Republican talking point about President Obama’s “red line.” The fact that Acosta mentioned Syria, and appeared to have no idea that 87% of the chemical weapons had been removed demonstrated that he had bought the Republican propaganda hook, line, and sinker.

Acosta also tried to make the news instead of reporting it by suggesting that the U.S. might use military action against China. According to the press that is covering President Obama, a treaty now equals a red line. Getting the chemical weapons out of Syria without a shot fired is a foreign policy failure, and Obama is threatening military action against China.

It’s one thing for the media to be this bad at home, but it is worse when they embarrass the nation on the world stage. The media can’t report facts, because they aren’t interested in them. Apparently, you can take the media out of Washington, but you can’t take the Republican bias out of the media.

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39 Replies to “President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy and Biased Press Conference Question”

  1. Until the Republican bias is taken out of the media, we will not have a media that serves us properly. There must be a way to cleanse our media of this scrounge.

  2. The US media is only interested in entertaining the old white angry audience that watches their worthless coverage.

  3. “and the fact that we didn’t have to fire a missile to accomplished that is not a failure”……….that line made me appreciate and knowledge that we are very lucky Barack Obama is our President.

  4. The media doesn’t report the news anymore. Instead they try to create the news. The “red line” comment was nothing more than the dog whistle to incite the viewers. Once they heard that all critical thinking stopped in the brains of the right wingers. At that point all they were thinking was, ‘Yeah what about the red line, huh, huh?’.

    You would think that these types would realize by now that the president is not an empty suit. Of course they could confuse Bush with a multiple point question, but Obama is not stupid.

  5. What’s that old saying of opening you’re mouth and proving you’re a fool, something like that-you get the point….This is a prime example

    I know the President was thinking, it’s not cute to be a moron on the world stage-he might not have, but I was…

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  7. CNN is full of crap. Wolfe and Suzanne and most anchors cannot even use the English language correctly .
    The examples of “bad English” are constant and repeated as they say, incorrectly, “The President, he does (this or that)” “The Congress, they have passed” The witness, she said”.
    All of which is wrong in our language and a terrible example to set for a “News Organization” to continue to trash the language’s rules with stupid indifference and obvious ignorance of their craft and the responsibilities they should uphold.

  8. So, you can take the media out of Washington, but you can’t take the liberal bias out of the media.

    MSM is all leaning to the left…Even most colleges.

    That’s why Fox News is Number 1 in America.

    When the ratings fall of the MSM…That tells America that something is not right.jmho

  9. Now that is truly hilarious! CNN has been leaning right for a long time. I love how people grab a cliche and use it when they have no idea whats going on

    They are the same people that love being lied to.

  10. Especially since McCain in 2008 wouldn’t rule out attacking SPAIN, for crying out loud. Then there was his alleged “joke” about bomb, bomb, bomb Iran…
    (insert facepalm here)

  11. CNN is FOX Lite now and in no sense of the word should be recognized as a news organization. They have totally degraded themselves to an entertainment media instead of a serious news outlet!

  12. That wasn’t a question; it was a Conservative hatchet wielded by the former news network called CNN. And a dull hatchet at that.

  13. LOL. Fox-PAC is #1 mainly because it’s included in basic tier cable & satellite subscriptions. MSNBC & Al Jazeera America are more expensive. CNN is just bad. Just because there are more Fox-PAC viewers at the moment doesn’t mean it’s better. Are you saying that just because there are more McDonalds across America that the food is better than, say, Nobu? And, in case you haven’t noticed, Fox-PAC’s ratings are beginning to die along with its aging audience.

  14. The first question why did CNN GO FOLLOWING BEHIND PRESIDNET OBAMA WITH THE REPUBLICANS AND RIGHT WING TALKING POINTS? CNN DIDN’T HURT PRESIDENT OBAMA or EMBARRASS HIM, THE PRESIDENT IS AN INTELLIGENT and BRILLIANT PRESIDENT, HE KNOW HOW TO HANDLE STUPID AND IGNORANT FOLKS LIKE JIM, WHAT JIM DID HE EMBARRASS THE UNITED STATES MEDIA,OR JOURNAL WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM. JIM CROSSED THE LINE WHEN HE ASK ANOTHER LEADER OF ANOTHER COUNTRY DO THEY TRUST YOUR LEADER, THIS WAS A BIAS QUESTION, AND DISRESPECTFUL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRESIDENT OBAMA KEPT HIS COOL.

    WHY ON EARTH WOULD CNN, THIS JIM BRING QUESTIONS FROM THE REPUBLICANS CONSERVATIVES, CNN AND FOX TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT, IF THIS CLOWN LIVED IN CHINA OR OTHER COUNTRIES HIS A.. WOULD BE IN JAIL, YOU DISRESPECT THEY LEADERS. WHAT SO SAD THIS WAS DONE ON FOREIGN SOIL, CNN IS A JOKE, THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE COME TO, FOLLOW THE PRESIDENT AROUND TRYING TO EMBARRASS HIM AND PLAY OTHER COUNTRIES AGAINST HIM?

  15. it is a shame our dear republican and teaparty ar so afraid of a president that is for the middle class and has a brillant mind that can out think any one on the far right ( as they have only one thing on their minds) that want nothing but to remo
    ve a BLACK PRESIDENT from the (WHITE HOUSE)

  16. Our media is repub corporate owned and repub corporate board run. Same with talk radio. Repubs own all the stations so folks only get their views and hate.

  17. CNN has lost all credibility as a news organization. Who bought them? What right wing zealot took them over without informing anyone? If they ever want to get back to what they once were they have to first fire this idiot! He’s even too stupid to be embarrassed by his confrontational, false accusations, presented as a question to the President of our country. CNN should be horrified, unless there is none of old CNN left at all. I’m so grateful that we have an intelligent, brave man leading our country, taking care of business in a smart diplomatic way. And so proud of the way he handled this tiny excuse of a man. I couldn’t have done it.

  18. Fact of the matter is that media conglomerate “news” is not journalism. It ranges from bias to out right brainwashing.
    If a so called news outlet is for profit and struggles for ratings, as in all the lame stream media (especially Australian/Saudi prince owned Fox “News”) , there is no accuracy or credibility.
    Are you aware the Fox won a court case that allowed them to get away with lying?
    Look it up on the ‘net. With all due respect, I think you are to some degree brainwashed.

  19. Asking and answering; propagandizing questions by the fully owned subsidiary of the Koch cabal ; this man should have his credentials removed he embarrassed himself his employers the entire press core his father and mother his wife and children; hope fully he’ll never live it down; onto his next job; fox in the morning with the morons.

  20. “That’s why Fox News is Number 1 in America.”

    Well, if FOX News is number one in America, wouldn’t that make them the mainstream media?

  21. Wolf {he’s still looking for the plane} Blitzer has turned into a scared little man as his bosses turn their ship hard right ;because thats where the big bucks are ; advertising from all the dark money for the looney tune republican tea party backed information challenged candidates.

  22. As long as the media is Republican owned, it will only get worse. See what MSNBC did to Bashir for saying thngs Hannity and O’reilly, Van Cystern, Kelly and Bolling and the rest say daily about the President. Look at what they did to Olbermann, and made Schultz drop out of being keynote speaker for a fundraiser, but let Scarface run a fundraiser for the GOP. All Fox has to do is have one of their cronies like Palin to bitch, and Phil (GOP) Grffin fires the staff member. Nobody ever gets canned at Fox. Beck did because of advertisers leaving, not because he was crazy as a bed bug.

  23. Yes we have a smart President who thinks on his feet.He represents Columbia University and Harvard Law School very well. Good job Mr. President.

  24. One thing that is a complete NO-NO in Asia is the rude and intolerable embarrassment of one’s leader. Prime Minister Abe put this foolish and stupid reporter in his place and more or less told him, albeit in polite and diplomatic terms (as the Japanese are so famous for doing) to SFU and have a seat because he respects and trusts the president’s leadership and decisions. He may be able to pull that BS in America but DO NOT TRY IT IN ASIA. The Republicans, FOX and CNN don’t get that the world trusts, respects and loves this president and scoffs and laughs hysterically at the insanity, stupidity and ridiculous, classless behaviour of Conservative America!

  25. Its important we all remember the name of the idiot who asked the question and apply this moment when assessing his biased point of view and lack of credibility in the future. JIM ACOSTA OF CNN.

  26. 5 at least. We’d still be in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Ukraine. Maybe China now, and North Korea. But we wouldn’t have enough soldiers.

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