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Kirsten Powers: Obama Ignores Fox at News Conferences 'Because He Doesn't Want to be Embarrassed'
Newsbusters.org ^ | January 19, 2013 | Noel Sheppard

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 Obama’s 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. He’s used to pushing people around, and you know, it will be tenacious, he’ll get asked about something he doesn't want to get asked about, and he wants softballs.

Indeed.

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.



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1 posted on 01/19/2013 6:08:08 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

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....


2 posted on 01/19/2013 6:12:04 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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Kirsten Powers has never really held a conservative stance. She’s very much GOPe.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 6:12:56 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

“Kirsten Powers has never really held a conservative stance. She’s very much GOPe.”

Kirsten Powers is a Democrat, not a Republican. Never was a Republican.


4 posted on 01/19/2013 6:17:24 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Kaslin
'Dear leader' cannot be shown up or made to appear foolish!
5 posted on 01/19/2013 6:18:21 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“....given the Krauthammer and some others have just gone off the deep end....”

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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.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 6:24:25 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: All

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.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 6:25:53 PM PST by Rodney Dangerfield ("Don't ya just hate waiting in line at the Post Office? - Just wait until ObamaCare is implemented.")
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To: Kaslin

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.


8 posted on 01/19/2013 6:30:16 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: flaglady47

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.


9 posted on 01/19/2013 6:35:44 PM PST by Inkie
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To: flaglady47

She is one of the rare sensible democrats


10 posted on 01/19/2013 6:40:59 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: 45semi

He is nothing but an arrogant pos, who needs to be knocked of his high horse


11 posted on 01/19/2013 6:43:07 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
-->>GWB used to call on Helen Thomas all the time despite knowing that she would ask a loaded question with false choices.

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.

12 posted on 01/19/2013 6:45:23 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Kaslin
Powers is a loon liberal Democrat.
13 posted on 01/19/2013 6:46:01 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
unlike Commander Zero who hides behind children and the skirts of women.

Cowards do that, don't they?

14 posted on 01/19/2013 6:46:31 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

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.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 6:47:16 PM PST by allendale
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To: Kaslin
Yes; Obama hates looking the 'fool', for sure. He is also a vindictive sob; who takes great pleasure in poking - in both eyes - those who do not play by his rules. And the pleasure he gets from this; far outweighs any personal downside per 'random criticism'.

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.

16 posted on 01/19/2013 6:47:16 PM PST by cricket
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To: Kaslin

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.


17 posted on 01/19/2013 6:49:06 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends

18 posted on 01/19/2013 6:49:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Inkie

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.


19 posted on 01/19/2013 6:50:19 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Kaslin
This is a problem which I will not join in. Liberal operatives getting a spell over conservatives. She has said she is for Obamacare. She is for Gay marriage, government run abortion clinics paid by us. She is for not assisting Israel. She is for gay rights, gay adoptions, gay military. She supports UN having more control in our lives. She supports God being taken out of schools for the minority who feel upset. On and on.
20 posted on 01/19/2013 6:56:14 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: flaglady47
Kirsten Powers is a Democrat, not a Republican. Never was a Republican.

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.

21 posted on 01/19/2013 7:05:19 PM PST by cricket
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To: Kaslin

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.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 7:08:59 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: 353FMG

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.


23 posted on 01/19/2013 7:09:50 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Kaslin

Kirsten has to be the best looking liberal Democrat on Cable News. Just my 2 cents.


24 posted on 01/19/2013 7:14:31 PM PST by kempo
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.


25 posted on 01/19/2013 7:16:01 PM PST by YukonGreen
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To: kempo

I agree, she is very pleasant to look at


26 posted on 01/19/2013 7:24:24 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: cricket
Indeed and 'in truth' a Liberal from PBS.

I just did a search on her biography. I could find nothing about her being associated with or working for PBS

27 posted on 01/19/2013 7:32:25 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

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...


28 posted on 01/19/2013 7:52:49 PM PST by servo1969
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
Good point per remembering GW and his 'fairness' to Helen - who invariably - as Libs do; responded with the ugliest of 'ugly' per her every response/attack when called upon. Doubt Helen EVER; entertained any appreciation for GW's efforts.

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.

29 posted on 01/19/2013 7:57:23 PM PST by cricket
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To: cricket

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.


30 posted on 01/19/2013 7:59:29 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: celtic gal

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!


31 posted on 01/19/2013 8:01:42 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Kaslin

This reptile in human skin will not complete his second term. He will be removed by really pissed off Marines and soldiers.


32 posted on 01/19/2013 8:04:24 PM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: sergeantdave

We can only hope.


33 posted on 01/19/2013 8:16:03 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Kaslin

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!


34 posted on 01/19/2013 8:34:34 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Forgive me for asking, but how has Krauthammer gone off the deep end? Not disagreeing, just don’t know the basis for your statement.


35 posted on 01/19/2013 9:19:57 PM PST by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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To: Kaslin

And Terrorists


36 posted on 01/19/2013 10:25:22 PM PST by coincheck (Time is Short, Salvation is for Today)
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To: Logical me
Powers is a loon liberal Democrat.

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.

37 posted on 01/19/2013 10:25:45 PM PST by QT3.14
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.


38 posted on 01/19/2013 10:29:11 PM PST by Terry Mross (People who hate me read my posts and get angry. Yet they can't look away. hee hee)
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To: kempo
Kirsten has to be the best looking liberal Democrat on Cable News

Very TRUE. She's a HOT little number and as Bill Clinton might say, "I'd hit it".. ME TOO, Democrat or not.

39 posted on 01/19/2013 10:47:41 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Kaslin

She’s Anthony Weiner’s ex-girlfriend.

What more do you need to know about her?


40 posted on 01/19/2013 11:35:47 PM PST by utax
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To: 353FMG

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.


41 posted on 01/20/2013 12:07:02 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 353FMG
They have to eat, you know.

Didn't I see you on Comedy Central the other day?

42 posted on 01/20/2013 2:10:00 AM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GreatOne

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


43 posted on 01/20/2013 4:52:51 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


44 posted on 01/20/2013 6:18:17 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Kaslin
/I just did a search on her biography. I could find nothing about her being associated with or working for PBS/

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'. . .)

45 posted on 01/20/2013 6:57:12 AM PST by cricket
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To: Inkie

She just praised obamacare with the lie that it had many of the things that the republicans wanted...she is certainly a leftist tool.


46 posted on 01/20/2013 10:18:27 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Christie at the beach

Agree.. She is a cheer leader for the progressive agenda.


47 posted on 01/20/2013 10:25:20 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: cricket
"Good point per remembering GW and his 'fairness' to Helen"

I thought he was playing cat to her mouse. Just having a little fun!

48 posted on 01/20/2013 12:05:58 PM PST by hummingbird
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To: flaglady47

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.


49 posted on 01/20/2013 12:09:59 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: C. Edmund Wright
That's disappointing. I will say, though, that of all the commentators, Krauthammer has been the voice of reason virtually every time he's opened his mouth. If I don't catch his interviews live on O'Reilly (which I watch only if a decent guest is on; can't stand the blowhard), I'll catch video clips via RealClearPolitics or Daily Beast.

Hey, nobody's perfect. Even disagree with Limbaugh and Sowell every once in a while.

50 posted on 01/20/2013 9:09:39 PM PST by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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