Skip to comments.Kirsten Powers: Obama Ignores Fox at News Conferences 'Because He Doesn't Want to be Embarrassed'
Posted on 01/19/2013 6:08:00 PM PST by Kaslin
Fox News Watch host Jon Scott on Saturday asked his guests why President Obama typically ignores Fox News at his rare press conferences.
Kirsten Powers smartly answered, "Because he doesn't want to be embarrassed" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Kirsten Powers: Obama Ignores Fox at News Conferences 'Because He Doesn't Want to be Embarrassed'
JON SCOTT, HOST: Eric Ostermeier - to go to your point, Judy - at the University of Minnesota put together a piece called Fox Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences. A smart politics analysis, he writes, finds that ABC reporters have been called on the most frequently during Barack Obamas solo news conferences followed by CBS, the Associated Press, and NBC with Fox News coming in at a distant ninth in less than half of the rate of the top outlets, less than 40 percent of the press conferences overall. Why does the president not like to call on us?
KIRSTEN POWERS: Because he doesn't want to be embarrassed, really. Because when he's asked a question, the same way, you know, when Ed Henry asks questions in the, to Jay Carney, inevitably Jay Carney ends up looking stupid because he doesn't know how to answer the question. Hes used to pushing people around, and you know, it will be tenacious, hell get asked about something he doesn't want to get asked about, and he wants softballs.
Why call on Fox when the representatives there from virtually every other so-called news organization are on his team and wouldn't dare do anything that might challenge him?
For those interested, here's the UM analysis Scott referred to.
I don’t know whether to be happy that Kirsten Powers answered so well, or to be depressed because she is now one of the more sensible staffers at Fox - given the Krauthammer and some others have just gone off the deep end....
Kirsten Powers has never really held a conservative stance. She’s very much GOPe.
“Kirsten Powers has never really held a conservative stance. Shes very much GOPe.”
Kirsten Powers is a Democrat, not a Republican. Never was a Republican.
“....given the Krauthammer and some others have just gone off the deep end....”
Always remember that the Krauthammers and other “conservative” commentators on TV and radio, first of all, want to keep their lucrative jobs. They have to eat, you know.
This means that they are willing to compromise their moral or immoral principles as the situation demands.
GWB used to call on Helen Thomas all the time despite knowing that she would ask a loaded question with false choices.
GWB didn’t hide from the media, unlike Commander Zero who hides behind children and the skirts of women.
She is very liberal in heart and is one of those who publicly denounced Palin as being one of those right wingers. She must be getting soaked from first hand behind the scenes of her own party; by their gloating and gloating to where she said the truth. Or perhaps a little tipsy due to the celebrations she is attending. She will be brought in for saying this. She has slipped before. I don’t see a quality of reason to show her respect since she endorses mostly what Obama is doing.
I like her. She’s an honest liberal. She calls O on this s-t quite frequently and she is rightly concerned about his overreaching.
She is one of the rare sensible democrats
He is nothing but an arrogant pos, who needs to be knocked of his high horse
Yes, some days, I do miss GW. I still think he is a good man just was misguided. Just wished he had been more in tune with his base but once they get in; they all seem to do what the party bosses say. Kinda explains why they will not endorse a conservative candidate. The dems must be on party watch high-they can do most anything while our side does nothing much. What is one of the most depressing pieces of this overreach we see; there is no opposition to it.
Cowards do that, don't they?
Obama ought not be worried about Fox News embarrassing him. Its the judgement of history that should concern him. Tonight at least seven hard working Americans have been slaughtered by terrorists. Another stunning failure of his bad foreign policy. Whatever happened to the capabilities of the CIA, NSA, State Dept. and the rapid deployment forces of the Defense Dept. Poor leadership has consequences.
An altogether; unfortunate 'piece of work' is Obama. To America's greatest detriment; our Military; whatever friends we 'had' in the world; and certainly; America's collective future.
OMG; all so painfully, pathetic.
She is definitely a liberal Democrat. The difference is she does not suffer from the Obama Worshiper disease. Her opinion of him is about the same as mine, the difference being she considers him a useful tool. I just consider him a tool.
If she is truly honest, she would not be a liberal.
She is just someone who wants to be on TV wanting to make a living. If conservatism would be in vogue, she would sing a different tune.
Nothing wrong with that but don’t make her out to be a deep thinker.
Deep thinkers are never on TV — they would have to share time with Kim Kardashian.
Indeed and 'in truth' a Liberal from PBS. She just happens to be a rare breed of Lib. Smart and 'Reason Capable' and fair enough to keep a somewhat 'open mind'; and so is willing to acknowledge 'good' in opposing views. She must drive her 'peers' crazy.
Funny; that she is much more reasonable than say. . .Juan Williams; who since his disaster per PBS; and his subsequent 'upgrade' at Fox, because of it; seems to have taken a huge 'back slide' per his 'reason' capabilities.
But then; we know from watching. . .this is not an uncommon MO to behold.
Greta too; came from the Liberal mold; but she is simply,smart; and with that; Greta is the consumate professional - fair-minded - interviewer. She has; and shares, her 'moral lights'; whereas; few Libs even try to claim a 'moral ground'; because in fact; they cannot.
Think Greta is less the 'Lib' than when she arrived; which speaks to her intelligence; IMHO. Kristen, not on par here; but not soooo far, behind Greta.
The Obama administration, together with terrorist frontgroup C.A.I.R., are the biggest enemies of free speech in the U.S. Let’s hope more of the American public wake up as soon as possible to the take-over of the country by Islamofascists.
With due respect, I think it’s deeper than that. I think it speaks to legitimately being out of touch after living in the bubble too long.
Kirsten has to be the best looking liberal Democrat on Cable News. Just my 2 cents.
Where in the White House has Obama got his Mosque prayer room with all of the rugs for the liberal journalist to kneel down and worship him.
I agree, she is very pleasant to look at
I just did a search on her biography. I could find nothing about her being associated with or working for PBS
It would interfere with his strategy.
Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you. Push. Complain about you...
To bigger picture; GW was well aware that he was President; not just 'of and for' Republicans; but that he 'repped' the 'other Party' - and all Americans - as well. He was not divisive; though the Libs claimed him so; and he was never 'arrogant' by the power he assumed on America's behalf. Rather; in the Authentic; GW - like his Father and family - was of 'humble mind'. He was acutely aware, that Presidential Power was not defined in the 'personal'; nor so assigned.
Obama; the total; antithesis; per his mega-narcissism; his need and 'will-to-power'; defining his 'totalitarian' inclinations. Obama believes the 'power of the Presidency' is his personal power to claim and wield.
GW - per his decent character - had no such illusions. Huge difference in MO's here; particularly when it comes to motivations for seeking power and imagining 'absolute power'.
There IS something; of course; to say for NOT electing those who have never had wealth and power; for they are less likely to be drawn to it; for the wrong reasons; or 'use it'; for the wrong reasons.
Best to look for the 'authentic' whatever the case. Of course; we have a generation of voters; who have grown up; saturated in the Liberal MO - entertained by the 'Jerry Springer Model'; and of course; the 'ugly as well' per Reality-not TV; and so; how do they know; recognize; appreciate. ..those who are authentic in their values and motivations?
Given results of Election; it would seem; beyond the OWS MO/entitled 'class' and/or mindset; there are too many, cannot make the otherwise; critical distinctions.
I wish the sound guys would turn Jaunny Laddy down..I can’t stand it when he barges in on the other person’s turn to speak or out shouts them. Hannity and BOR both could do better on that one...Juanny is either blinded by his liberal Marxist ideas or is just plain stupid.
ps..I agree about Greta. I had doubts when she first came aboard but she is fair in her questions of all her guests and she does have a moral backbone...she stands for something and calls her democrat colleagues out when she thinks they are wrong. She is professional in all respects.
She must have been one heck of a challenge to an opponent in the court room!
This reptile in human skin will not complete his second term. He will be removed by really pissed off Marines and soldiers.
We can only hope.
I might have my democRATS mixed up but wasn’t that pervert Anthony Wiener kid throwin’ down this Powers chippie before he got set up with Hillary’s muslim punch Huma Abedin? Hard to keep track of the ‘RAT players without a scorecard the old saying went. Heck, probably still does!
Forgive me for asking, but how has Krauthammer gone off the deep end? Not disagreeing, just don’t know the basis for your statement.
Yup. She was on Fox about a week ago discussing firearms and questioned why a hunter would need an AR-15 = she is 2A-challenged.
I wonder how someone could be so stupid as to date Weiner then turn around and give a smart, honest answer. It probably just slipped out. She’ll be apologizing before too long and say she didn’t really mean it.
Very TRUE. She's a HOT little number and as Bill Clinton might say, "I'd hit it".. ME TOO, Democrat or not.
She’s Anthony Weiner’s ex-girlfriend.
What more do you need to know about her?
Dr. Krauthammer is a registered Democrat who worked for President Carter and was Vice President Mondale’s speechwriter. It takes about 10 seconds to find that out.
Didn't I see you on Comedy Central the other day?
Twice just this last week - one incident was around the NRA ad and the importance of Obama’s children - and I’ll have to have my coffee before I can remember the other. But it’s really just an escalating problem with Krauthammer over the last 4-5 years
Yes. Krauthammer started as a liberal dem and has steadily moved right, which is a common trajectory for people who are smart, attentive, and intellectually honest. But he’s not a cradle conservative and has never pretended to be one. For an ex-liberal, he’s come an awfully long way. Today he’s clearly on the center-right side of things, but he’s heterodox on some issues.
We’ll know he’s come over all the way if he ever becomes pro-life or experiences a religious awakening. He wouldn’t be the first intellectual to reason his way back to faith, and Krauthammer is both smart enough and bold enough to do so, if he follows the right lead.
Thanks and you are so right. Thought; oh, yes; 'mistake' - it was NPR; but NO.
Apparently; I crossed more than 'one wire'. In this case, with Monica Crowley (gone from Fox); or, maybe thinking of Lis Wiehl) both with 'NPR' resumes. As well; there was Mara Liasson (still, NPR); and 'of course'; Juan Williams and no doubt; missing more; perhaps. But to Kirsten; thanks for prompting the untangling; here.
(Kirsten's credentials are however; solidly Democrat. Given; however; her independent perspective; her fair-mindedness; who knows what political camp, Kirsten may finally lay claim to; or 'if'. . .)
She just praised obamacare with the lie that it had many of the things that the republicans wanted...she is certainly a leftist tool.
Agree.. She is a cheer leader for the progressive agenda.
I thought he was playing cat to her mouse. Just having a little fun!
She’s one of the few remaining Dums with a shred of decency. I always feel like she’s on the verge of a breakdown.
Hey, nobody's perfect. Even disagree with Limbaugh and Sowell every once in a while.