Conservative Pundits Lecture President Obama On YouTube Interviews And Lack Of “Dignity”

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On Thursday afternoon, President Obama sat down for live interviews with three well-known YouTube personalities. The interview segments were streamed live on the White House’s YouTube page and had already generated roughly 700,000 views by Friday morning. As is the case with anything this president does these days, there was immediate criticism from the right, as pundits complained that the interviews were “beneath the dignity of the office” and they represented bad optics due to serious issues going on in the world.

Of course, Fox News was first with the criticism. During the broadcast of The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly had Fox’ media critic Howie Kurtz on to discuss President Obama sitting down with the young online sensations to take questions. After showing one of the interviewers, GloZell Green, eating cereal out of a bathtub, Kelly played a clip from her interview with the President where she referred to the First Lady as “his first wife” and offered green lipstick as a gift. She then turned it over to Kurtz, who complained that the interviews were not dignified enough for the office.

Meanwhile, Kelly used the segment to both belittle Green and lecture the White House on “optics.” She wondered how eating cereal out of a bathtub was a proper audition to interview the leader of the free world. The Fox host also poked fun at GloZell’s lipstick color and self-portrait that was shown during the interview, saying that she’ll make sure to do the same thing if she scores an interview with Obama. At the same time, Kelly said she didn’t think it was a good look for the President to do these interviews with problems flaring up in Yemen. This is a classic Fox News tactic where they whine about the President doing something they deem unworthy by pointing to some world issue he should be tending to.

Below is video of the Fox News segment, courtesy of RealClearPolitics:

In case you were wondering, Kelly and Kurtz weren’t the only ones clucking away about the interviews. On Friday mornings’s broadcast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski both criticized the interviews, focusing mainly on GloZell and, just as Kelly had done, showing a clip of her eating cereal from a tub. Scarborough, just like Kurtz, complained about the interviews being beneath “the dignity of the office.” Mika, on the other hand, said she talked “to these Millenials” about GloZell and then played clips of GloZell being outrageous. Mika then watched with a horrified look on her face as if this was all so unbelievably strange and unprecedented.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:


Beyond these two examples, you also had other right-wing columnists and pundits complaining about POTUS sitting down with GloZell. WND ran a preemptive piece earlier in the week ridiculing the YouTube star. The Blaze jumped in after the interview aired by highlighting GloZell’s use of the word “po-po.” Of course, Breitbart posted a video clip of GloZell accompanied with a provocative headline.

It should be noticed that the concentration of the criticism coming from conservative media figures centers on Obama’s interview with a young, eclectic black woman who looked different and used some slang in the conversation. The President was interviewed by two other young people. However, because they aren’t black with wildly different personal styles, those segments get little to no notice by the right-wing press. Instead, they felt the need to focus on this young black woman rolling around in milk and cereal and offering green lipstick as a gift for the First Family. I wonder why that is?

Anyway, if you want to watch three media personalities ask the President of the United States some very interesting and hard-hitting questions, the video is below.


36 Replies to “Conservative Pundits Lecture President Obama On YouTube Interviews And Lack Of “Dignity””

  1. I think its great that our President uses all forms of media to reach young voters. The cons are just jealous that they have no politicians who can outreach young voters like Obama can. So according to liar Kelly, Obama should ignore and demonize those SHE judges to be unworthy.
    Meg Kelly is a hypocritical idiot.

  2. Yawn. Next week they will say eating fancy mustard on a burger is un- American. Oh wait, they already done that

  3. The people who watch the cable morning shows are not the future of our country, and they are not the base who will elect our next POTUS. The country is passing them by.

    Also, Morning Joe and Mika are disgusting tools.

  4. Their so called reporting is beneath the dignity of journalism.

    They all Dream about getting that many viewers……

    I can smell their jealousy from here.

  5. All of these dumbasses need to sit down and shut up with their BS overflowing out of their mouths. On a side note, I despise Breitfart with a passion, I’m going to tear that idiot’s spine up through his mouth first opportunity I get. I guess if GloZell was like that overglorified china doll the Blaze scrapped up for the Nightly Show Wednesday, that would have been better, that way she could pretend to be something she’s not all day while bitching about the president to his face like the “real reporters” from those shows and websites.

  6. Precisely! Many of them don’t even have TV, let alone cable TV. They use their computers and/or Ipads/Iphones for their media communications. Cable news shows are going the way of the dodo — I predict they’ll all have folded within 10 years.

  7. If Obama committed ritual Hari Kiri on live TV, these morons would say he did it wrong while dancing on his body.

  8. Since when does dignity have anything to do with the people one talks with or appears alongside? Dignity, I believe, has to do with how one comports oneself while doing it.

    By Fox standards our President committed the ultimate affront against his office on Tuesday night when he appeared on the same platform with a red-faced and nodding drunk.

  9. It’s his ability/willingness to reach out to people that Reps think are beneath them that catapulted him to 2 large victories…

    They haven’t learned I see, he’s a people person-they ask better questions than the so-called journalists

    Jealousy is an ugly thing…

  10. So the President does an interview on YouTube and is thoroughly castigated for it.

    In the meantime, GOP would-be candidate Mike Huckabee complains that God isn’t leading the USA and that’s where all our problems begin.

    The GOP comes out with stupidity every day, and only gets stupider and stupider. You can’t make this stuff up.

  11. It’s undignified to do an interview on youtube, but it’s okay to do an interview with Faux News, lmao! [wink]

    What a bunch of hypocritical ol’ farts!!

  12. As the world passes over the MSM … watch them whine. Reminds me of Newspapers 20 years ago deriding the digital age and those who predicted the rise of on-line news.

  13. I don’t know if you’ve seen any of it yet, but right-wingers are having a meltdown because President Obama said God bless this country that we all love instead of saying, God bless America. I was reading a conservative comment thread and they are all beside themselves because of that.

    Is there anything too petty for the right-wing to complain about? I think not.

  14. We should go back to our original motto E pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one” after every speech then maybe these baggers would know we are all in this together

  15. This from the party that puts up Sarah Palin to spew lies and uninformed opinion as news. Gotp’s revere a stupid woman who does drugs, cheats on her husband, neglects to teach her children life lessons like dont break into others homes and steal, dont start fights about your sisters latest pregnancy,dont teach sexual abstinance, abuse and lie about pets, pimp your family for 10 bucks a month. What a gem they have in Ms. Plain.

  16. I do not remember them commenting when Bush on an overseas trip was filmed falling down drunk, of course the clip was pulled down quickly, but it was seen by quite a few people, and how about the time when he suddenly decided to go up to Angela Merkel
    and give her a back rub, many of the germans were horrified.

  17. Going back to E Pluribus Unum will only make the RWNJs say Obama is summoning some west African pagan demon to come and destroy America.

  18. Everyone left of the political aisle have come to expect nothing other from Conservatives than to bash anything and everything this President does. As far as dignity goes…how would Republicans what dignified even looks like since they’ve shown no examples that they understand the meaning of dignity. This President has more dignity in his little toenail than any of these ‘Conservative’ mouth pieces ever will have in their whole being.

  19. It’s beyond one’s dignity to appear on FOX with Megyn Kelly, Hannity, O’Reilly and the FOX and Friends sillycast. That’s why Obama has not gone there. How about THAT!???

  20. How does giving an interview to young people on modern social media compare to yelling “you lie” during the state of the Union in terms of being undignified?

  21. Hmmm…Let’s see, all U.S. currency has “In God We Trust” on it. Just so the richasses don’t feel near as guilty when they get greedy.

  22. Bush showed the world how UNDIGNIFIED Americans can be.
    I cringed everytime the hillbilly spoke, he always sounded so stupid and had that “I’m screwing y’all” smirk.

  23. Yet they wanted him to go to Paris for a photo opt. It doesn’t matter what President Obama does or what he doesn’t do they will find fault and oppose it. In case they don’t know; the president is a free man. He can do what he wants, as long as it is legal, just like they do what they want. He has his own mind, his own thoughts and can do as he pleases. Stop hating!

  24. Now this is how you do it
    High Schoolers Post Video That Scorches Bill O’Reilly And Fox News For Lack Of Journalistic Ethics

    The students at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington happened to be studying journalism when they came upon this piece. So they used it as a case study to conduct a “professional integrity audit” based on the ethics codes of the Society of Professional Journalists. What they discovered was that O’Reilly’s program violated the ethics codes so many times they lost count.

  25. interesting opinion by Fox and Joe. Now this discussion with youth by a President is beneath the dignity of the Office. Now who can forget BiII CIinton with MTV youth question boxers or briefs. Now these young peopIe wiII have to vote and Obama is not running for office. But you can bet aII the GOP-Tea Party candidates wiII be taIking to youth for their vote.

  26. Hey, wingnut pundits — when are you gonna lecture Joe “you lie!” Wilson about his lack of dignity for interrupting the President during a SOTUA?


  27. This is a fine group of individuals to have the hubris to talk about “a lack of dignity” after they’ve disrespected this particular president every step of the way. They’re jealous because Pres. Obama doesn’t fit into their mold. He makes his own decisions, and doesn’t give a damn what they say/think. Just wait and see, the GOPTPers will be trying to do the same thing in the near future, and none of these complaining bastards will have one thing to say about it being beneath the “dignity” of those who choose to do it. I love people who think outside of the box and are willing to try new things, but of course, I’m all for moving forward into the future instead of standing on the sidelines, letting the future pass me by while I try to live in the past.

  28. I love it that the Whitehouse finds Faux Spews beneath the WH dignity though as reflected in the SOTU place cards identifying them only as “Fox”.

  29. I stopped watching the show after Joe called Michael Brown a thug. I’d been becoming turned off to their elitist Beltway pablum for awhile, that was the final straw.
    They don’t understand neither I nor they was the untended audience .. Young people were the target, and their complaints illustrate why.

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