Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama's Popularity Not Reflected In 100 Days Of Fox And Conservative Opposition

President Obama's 100 days in office finds him with high public support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll:

Americans seem to have high hopes for the president; 72 percent said they were optimistic about the next four years. By and large, Americans expect him to make significant progress in health care, energy and immigration policy, issues central to his ambitious domestic agenda.

...Mr. Obama’s 68 percent job approval rating is higher than that of any recent president at the 100-day mark. Mr. Bush had the approval of 56 percent of the public at this juncture.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows similar results. You wouldn't know it, though, by  watching the Fox channel. Fox was the only major broadcast network that did not carry Obama's press conference on Wednesday night. Appropriately, the station carried a program entitled, "Lie To Me." That's not to say that Fox doesn't provide plenty of presidential coverage; the coverage, however, should also be entitled "Lie To Me," based on a video montage, "100 Days of Fair & Balanced," compiled by Media Matters.

Beck, Hannity and O'Reilly, among other usual Fox suspects, are shown hurling their charges of "socialism," "blame America," "end of capitalism," "communism," "fascism," "jihad," "one-world government"–the terms are often contradictory but they hardly matter, as long as the slime is hurled. Repeatedly we're told that the "honeymoon is over," despite Obama's high approval ratings:

At the same time, Think Progress has put together a video report, "100 Days of Conservative Opposition," in which leading right wingers state that the president is taking us toward catastrophe. Watching it, one understands why a Republican like Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine wrote, "being a Republican moderate sometimes feels like being a cast member of 'Survivor.' " Watch:

At a town hall meeting in Arnold, Missouri, Obama alluded to Fox News and called upon his opponents to engage in a serious dialogue:

Obama: So, you know, when you see, you know, those of you who are watching certain news channels, on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term how we're going to stabilize social security. [...] Let's not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act because that's just a fraction of the overall problem that we've got.

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