President Obama Laments Rush Limbaugh And Fox Newsâ€™ Influence On Public Debate
In a soon-to-be-released interview with The New Republic, President Obama reportedly laments the negative influence Fox News and Rush Limbaugh can have on the congressional debate over various pieces of legislation.
The president told TNR editor Frank Foer and owner Chris Hughes that â€śOne of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates.â€ť
The media can either help break or uphold partisan gridlock, the president said, adding that â€śIf 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 youâ€™ll see more of them doing it.â€ť
The president also conceded that â€śhe same dynamic happens on the Democratic side,â€ť but in his mind, â€śthe difference is just that the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word.â€ť