Yesterday we reported that President Barack Obama is taking a new and unique route to rally support for Health Care reform – he’s talking to Fox News. In an “extended, exclusive” interview tonight, he will sit down with Special Report anchor Bret Baier to make his health care reform pitch to the FNC audience. Last night, Fox News analyst Brit Hume seconded many of our suspicions when he claimed on the O’Reilly Factor that the reason Obama was going on FNC was because he didn’t yet have the votes to pass health care.
Hume is partly correct in his presumption of the motivation behind Obama’s appearance on Fox News. But stated another way is this: no other media outlet has has worked as effectively to undermine the administration’s efforts to build a consensus after Health Care Reform as the very powerful opinion arm of Fox News.
We laud Obama for going on Fox News, but wonder if its too little, too late. We stated back in September that the smartest thing Obama could have done was to appear on the O’Reilly Factor. Instead we saw a trumped up dispute between the White House and Fox News that, while eventually was resolved, appeared to fall in the favor of not just Fox News, but opponents of the White House Health Care agenda. Again reminding us why we believe that Roger Ailes is the most powerful political person in America.
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