It was said in jest, sure, but does anyone here really doubt that treating Barack Obama (and his family) with a modicum of respect and fairness -- rather than, say, accusing them of being secret Muslin terrorists -- gets you some dirty looks in the FOX News break room? I mean, every good night for Obama throughout the campaign practically transformed the mood of the station into a funeral.
Wallace: You were widely quoted when you met with the House GOP caucus saying, "go ahead, feel free to whack me. I'll watch FOX News and feel bad about myself."
Obama: That one I did say.
Wallace: Perhaps, let me raise the possibility: Are you a trifle thin-skinned?
Obama: I said it in good humor. I think everyone understood that was a joke.
I think it's fair to say that I don't always get my most favorable coverage on Fox, but that's part of how a democracy is supposed to work. We're not all supposed to be in lock step here.
And you've always been very gracious to me.
Wallace: I don't know if that improves or hurts my stock at FOX News.
Obama: It may hurt it.
You can catch the entire interview here.