President Obama blamed some of this troubles on Fox News. Or so says a new book, detailing the president’s first term after the 2010 midterm elections through the beginning of 2012, by political journalist David Corn. In it, Corn writes that Obama felt the coverage on Fox was wreaking havoc on his standing with white males.
Specifically, in a private meeting with labor leaders in 2010, Obama reportedly said he was “losing white males” who watch Fox. From Politico:
“…Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old,” Corn recounted Obama as saying.
Corn’s book, Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party, is said to take “the reader into the Oval Office and the back rooms on Capitol Hill for a fast-paced and gripping account of the major events as they unfolded” and capture “the dilemmas faced by a president assailed by disappointed progressives and defiantly obstructionist Republicans determined to see his defeat.”
Politico notes clashes with corporate executives that are also included in the book: “‘I saved these guys when the economy was falling off a cliff,’ Obama said, according to Corn. ‘Now I get nothing but their venom.'”
It’s likely not far-fetched to say more such tidbits will circulate the media once the book is released.
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