Obama Rips Fox News For Spreading Class Warfare Propaganda


President Obama is ripping Fox News and calling the network out by name while debunking their class warfare propaganda.


While speaking at Georgetown University, the President called out Fox News by name:

But part of it has also been — there’s always been a strain in American politics where you’ve got the middle class, and the question has been, who are you mad at, if you’re struggling; if you’re working, but you don’t seem to be getting ahead. And over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.

And, look, it’s still being propagated. I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu — they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re like, I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone — or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative — right? — that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress — which is much more typical — who’s raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.

And so if we’re going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like, and how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.

The President’s remarks came two days after Fox News’s Chris Wallace whined on the air that the Obama White House will not send officials to be guests on his show unless they appear on all five Sunday shows.

Obama was correct. Fox News has spent years mining the class and racial divides in American society for financial and partisan political gain. You will hardly ever see an interview with an ordinary American on Fox that doesn’t contain an attack on Democrats and President Obama.

The “average American” on Fox News looks exactly like the silent majority that Richard Nixon appealed to when Roger Ailes worked on his presidential campaign decades ago. Fox News reaffirms all of the stereotypes about poor people on a regular basis. In Fox world, people are poor because they don’t want to work, or they aren’t working hard enough.

Fox News never features the person who has to work two minimum wage jobs in the service sector just pay rent and keep food on the table. The people that Fox News likes to pretend don’t exist are who the president was talking about. Obama was speaking for those people who Fox News has demonized while become the nation’s top Fox News propaganda buster.

50 Replies to “Obama Rips Fox News For Spreading Class Warfare Propaganda”

  1. Oh yes, there is class warfare and the poor and middle class are losing

    We are to ignorant or lazy to realize it because we all think one day we will be the 1%. Lifestyles of the rich and famous my arse

  2. Unfortunately, GOP leaders rarely see, much less talk to, anyone under the 1%. It’s difficult to see the struggles of everyday citizens from 1st Class or Private Box.

    They do not represent their constituents – they represent their donors.

  3. It seems like the only time the G.O.P cares about the middle class is when need money and votes. After that they don’t give a rats ass.

  4. It’s called the Powerball mentality. Another thing that the 1% do is dangle that little hope of winning the lottery and whisper in people’s ears: “don’t you resent half of your winnings going to taxes. Fight against tax increases and keep more of your winnings.”

    And it works. This is why people voted against their own best interested.

  5. I have a question to all of you above: Of the following networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, tell me which one is the most balanced in its news reporting. Which one is the most left-leaning. Which one is the most right-leaning.

  6. Maybe its now time to check out “who” is actually in charge of our U.S. Government today and then let them all know exactly how “we” want it run from now on. Its that simple. In my opinion. If they don’t listen too us then “replace” them.

  7. The thing here is that this site, the posts, and most comments, are of the VERY SAME dynamic as FOXNews. Just on the opposite end. Biased, narrow, and with extreme lack of vision and understanding. You are being manipulated. Most of the very same objections being described are clearly being committed – just in reverse.

  8. If all the major networks are merely entertainment, why are they not all blasted as garbage? If dj is right, then all TV news should be ridiculed. That’s not happening.

  9. If nobody on this site is watching TV, OK. What news sites are examples of balanced reporting. Where do all (you contributors) get your news?

  10. Democrats No Longer Trust MSNBC As Their Favorite News Network

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    CNN’s Use Of #AskACop On Twitter For Police News Special Totally Backfires On Network

    The Mainstream Media is Culpable in the Murder of American Democracy

  11. Are you doing a homework poll for your party? I know how that works, Robert.

    They want to know where liberals, “so-called liberals but fakes”, neo-liberals, progressives, populists, socialists, independent left leaners, main stream dems and whatever other label they put on themselves when they all vote for the same person in the end… go so you know where to put your repubican ads that reach most of us.

    We all go to FOX news and we all listen exclusively to Fox radio and we go to Hot Air and Breitbart on the web for news. Put all your ads there and we will hear it.

    In other words, nice try.

  12. if you’re still reading this thread then try Talking Points Memo… Salon… Mother Jones… ThinkProgress… Daily Kos…
    Politico… Huffington Post Politics… Salon…

  13. Well, I gave accurate response to a ridiculous article. I have never been censored at any blog I have been to, and I have been to them all.

    The other night it happened and I thought it was because I used potty-mouth so I changed it and then thought it will stop.

    For my ideas? WOW. I was right in that TERRIFY thread. Suck a lemon.

  14. There’s nothing about those in charge of the US government that a little replay of 1789 or 1917 couldn’t cure.

  15. We denigrate the poor, NEGROES, Hispanics, gays, immigrants, “libtards”, et al?

    I think you don’t have a leg to stand on.

  16. Class or race warfare it makes no difference to fox

    If you’re a non-conservative African-American and you want to give a speech in which you mention race in America, it’s quite possible that you’re going to talk about reasons that you’ve felt disheartened or resentful about the way you and fellow blacks have been treated — and, after that, you may very well talk about working to transcend those feelings and remain positive.
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  17. Haven’t read an article that wasn’t 100% true here on “Politicususa” at all, unless I missed something. Very much so, I log on to the website before I read my email, DJ, by all means, It’s a pleasure to read your posts, keep the trolls truthed up, they need a good schoolin’.[wink]

  18. Ok Robert, I’ll bite. Most balanced = ABC. Most left leaning = MSNBC, but only in the evening. Most right leaning = CNN. And lastly, most misinforming and untruthful = Fox News, but then they aren’t a real news organization anyway. Jerry Springer is more fair and balanced than they will ever be.

  19. Of course not! So the next time Robert opens his Yao , neither should we! We all know the story about trolls…

  20. So, FOX News can practice Karl Marx’s theories on the bourgeoisie, proletariat, and the division of classes and that’s OK?


    What part of Marxism is bad again?

  21. It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increases in savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies) caused the depression that made the rich and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

    Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich on onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the reduction in taxes on the wealthy.”

  22. Hasn’t Obama heard of the first amendment that guarantees freedom of press. It seems the only press he is interested in having that constitutionally guaranteed freedom is the portion of the press that does not call him out on his failed policies.

  23. Have you read the constitution?
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    Where does it say you have to talk to idiots which as of right now I am guilty of doing

  24. You do realize that President Obama has the constitutionally guaranteed freedom to express his opinions about Fox “News” propaganda.

  25. Hail Eris!

    Why, here, of course. Or maybe I just trot on over to F’N’s own website. Who knows?

    Modern architecture is about endurance on all sides.

  26. To Robert: I think all the networks have some serious
    shortcomings and the levels vary over time. If you want a real challenge, how would these networks be
    rated if the liberals were replaced by conservatives?
    Corruption is a subject that can be reported almost on a daily basis according to what our government happens to be doing at the time. Obama is pressing
    his agenda, whatever it may be, and he and his fellow
    democrats are always defending their proposed changes or actions. Unfortunately, many networks
    will air what appears to be the politically correct
    account and the truth is often hidden. When the truth sneaks out, that is when Obama and the networks show the most concern and echo what
    the politician wants us to hear.

  27. You are correct, Obama does have that right as an American citizen, but as President he does not have the right to suppress, or to force them to comply with his view of what news organization can report, or how they report. His statement, “… which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.” Who exactly is the “we” that he is referring to? The government? The Executive Branch? Had he not already exhibited his total disregard of the limited authority the Constitution grants the President I would not be so concerned with this statement. But by other statements he has made, and actions that he has taken he has demonstrated that he will not be restrained by what the Constitution says, which, if these comments are indicative of his intent, the press’ protection under the 1st Amendment is not safe under his presidency either.

  28. His statement that “we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues” has the tone of a threat.

  29. Well when idiots don’t even know the Constitution then yes, that’s all I got. Do you want me to teach you civics 101? There are not enough characters to drill something so simple in your teabag brain

  30. That’s a threat. Such a pussy. You either with us or against us. A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.

    George W. Bush

    See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” comes from remarks Bush made during a Social Security Conversation at the Athena Performing Arts Center in New York on May 24, 2005.

    :“I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.” can be found in Bob Woodward’s book “Bush at War”.

    “As a leader, you can never admit to a mistake; that is one of the keys to being a leader.”

    George W. Bush, (comment to biographer Mickey Herskowitz, in 1999)

  31. I am glad Fox Spews has the right to say the things they say. I just wish to God they possessed the wisdom not to!

  32. Rin, potty mouth is an absurd concept that reduces us all to daycare standards and strident soccer moms. Adults can say what they like. Freedom of speech!

  33. The president is not “suppressing” Fox News. If they can’t take it, they shouldn’t dish it out.

  34. The way to change the way Fox reports the news is to stop giving them the attention since they do not deserve it, and of course, change the dial or do not link to them.

    I mostly only click on Fox from clips embedded in other (dem leaning) websites. I do not support the propaganda machine.

    And, Bill, they can pass laws about it too. I don’t think the Prezzy was talking about taking away your guns and your remote control. Is that the next talking point? Hillary will ban FOX NEWS BENGHAZZZII EBOLA JADE HELM

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