Obama Tells FOX To Stop "Spinning The News" As O'Reilly Sez The Factor "Isn't Ideological"

FOX's pregame interview between Bill and the President was only a small portion of the overall interview and O'Reilly broadcast the rest of it on The Factor Monday night. I didn't bother to count how many times BillO interrupted him, but

FOX's pregame interview between Bill and the President was only a small portion of the overall interview and O'Reilly broadcast the rest of it on The Factor Monday night. I didn't bother to count how many times BillO interrupted him, but Lawrence O'Donnell found he did maybe 42 to 43 interruptions during the SB telecast. Bill gets down to business tonight and asks President Obama what FNC could do better. No, really.

O'Reilly: But you're talking more like a professor.

President Obama: No, no, but what I'm saying is that's an example of just the facts without the spin I think would be good...

O'Reilly:I think overall our guys do that but when you get over to the prime time opinion-makers that's when you...

President Obama: But the opinion makers is where you get a lot of where the viewership gravitates.

O'Reilly: Absolutely, so you think you're being treated fairly on FOX News now?

President Obama: I would say that the news guys try to do a good job, although let's face it, I think FOX News has a point of view. There's nothing wrong with that...

O'Reilly: Do you respect it?

Absolutely.

The Obama administration has heavily criticized FOX News before and so he had another chance to call them out for their propaganda. He chose a much softer approach this time, which is calculated at trying to win over some of their voters, as if that's possible. Does his team really believe that it is? Because I sure do not. Maybe the Beltway bipartisan fetish that VandeHarris got honest about played a role in his answer. BillO, as usual, got impatient as Obama tried to give a thoughtful answer. He's not used to a reasoned argument if it's longer than thirty seconds and he's not the one doing all the talking.

Bill later read some of his emails as is his custom, and one of his viewers complained that Bill was shilling for Obama, painting him as a moderate and giving him free advertising..HAHA. See, Bill inserted that email to justify his non-ideological spin because he knows how to play the game too. Bill responded with his patented answer that "The Factor Is not and never has been, an ideological program." "I ask the President questions, he responds and you decide. I don't engineer anything.

He asks Dick Morris the questions, Morris smears him and anything progressive for ten minutes and then you decide. He asks the questions, Karl Rove smears him and anything progressive for ten minutes and you decide. He asks Coulter the questions, she smears him and anything progressive ... yada yada yada. He then brings on Juan Williams to give a Faux Liberal point of view just for kicks and it pays very well for Juan.

I wonder when Bill will ever ask Sarah Palin how she feels about being hated by so many Americans. \

A) the next time she appears on The Factor.
B) 6 months.
C) When she announces her candidacy for President in 2012.
D) Never

I think it's only fair. After all, Palin has much higher negatives than Obama -- which means ...? What say you, Bill?

National Journal:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to be a highly polarizing figure, with a whopping 57 percent viewing her unfavorably according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg survey, released Monday, also found that the negative feelings about Palin are particularly strong. A third -- 33 percent -- said they view Palin "very unfavorably." That's the same percentage that viewed her favorably cumulatively -- respondents who either viewed her "somewhat" or "very" favorably (!).

The survey results indicate that Palin faces a significant image problem as she decides to run for president.

Just look at how Pres. Obama's numbers compare. Obama scored a net negative job approval rating -- 48 percent said they disapprove of his performance as president while 47 percent approved, which is in line with other polls and shows the Bloomberg survey isn't a particularly good poll for the president. However, 52 percent view Obama favorably while 44 percent view him unfavorably.

More troubling for Palin is that it may be tough for her to change that perception. Only 10 percent are unsure of their opinion of her.

And in a NBC/WSJ poll, she fares even worse than Pelosi:

Sarah Palin rates a couple of points lower than Nancy Pelosi according to an NBC/WSJ poll (h/t Political Wire).Palin’s negative rating has climbed to 50%. That’s the highest negative rating for anyone measured in this poll (and it’s two points lower than Nancy Pelosi’s negative rating from last month).

And get this: The only major subgroups that Palin wins in a head-to-head match-up with Obama are Republicans, conservatives, and FOX viewers. That’s it, folks. NBC/WSJ co-pollster Bill McInturff (R) says that this is “a sobering starting point” for Palin if she decides to run for president.

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