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Posted on 01/27/2013 10:43:05 PM PST by blam
Obama: Fox News And Rush Limbaugh Are Why Washington DC Is Such A Mess
January 27, 2013, 6:00 PM
In a sit-down interview with The New Republic released today, President Barack Obama cast blame on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for shaping compromise as a "dirty word."
Obama talked about the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff, saying he thought House Speaker "genuinely wanted" to come to a deal sooner but felt he was vulnerable to attack from the right.
Here's the relevant excerpt:
I think if you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while, they long for the days when they could socialize and introduce bipartisan legislation and feel productive. So I don't think the issue is whether or not there are people of goodwill in either party that want to get something done. I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground.
One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it.
I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.
Obama said the same thing happens with the far left but that "left-leaning media outlets" are more willing to accept compromise.
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Thank God for the Rush man. The fear is that one day we will wake up and learn Rush has been taken off the air.
I’d rather listen to John Gibson than listen to Rush talk about how he doesn’t like to talk about himself.
Obama hates high information news sources.
Well, dang, I wish El Rushbo would stop spending all our money we don’t have, and shame on FOX for promoting it.
It's the first thing Rush talked about today.
He said if Obama is correct about his influence then, he's seriously underpaid.
He thinks Obama is trying goad him into saying something stupid.
Obama: My team would always win if the other team would just quit showing up.
“I won.” —Zippy the preezy