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Obama Blames Rush Limbaugh and Fox News For the Partisanship in Washington

In an interview with The New Republic, President Obama blamed right wing media for the polarized climate in Washington D.C. LimbaughAccording to Obama, right wing media outlets such as Fox News, and pundits such as radio host Rush Limbaugh, are to blame for the lack of compromise in Washington D.C.

President Obama said Speaker Boehner wanted to reach an agreement with him during the fiscal cliff negotiation, but Boehner felt it would make him vulnerable to attacks from members of his caucus on the right.

Here’s what Obama said:

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 also said that “left leaning outlets” are more willing to accept compromise than right wing outlets. What do you think? Are Limbaugh and Fox to blame for the polarization in this country?


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21 comments

  1. With all the bad stuff that’s happening around the world & whatever your politics, anyone, who watched that “fawning & slobbering” 60Minutes softball interview of Hillary & Barack,should immediately appreciate the need for a forum to present an alternate POV… Why did Steve Kroft fail to ask the Secty of State how she could spend her time traveling to 122 countries & be absolutely “Missing in Action” IN THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY COUNTED…LIBYA / BENGHAZI!!! And everyone knows that the Clinton’s & Obama’s don’t really care for each other & the phony camaraderie in that interview was totally political & NAUSEATING!!! Just Watch the Body Language!!! The country needs someone to point these things out…Both parties have Cads & Clowns in their Ranks & Sensible Folks too… That’s why it’s called the marketplace of ideas… Anyone or anything trying to eliminate or demonize other opinions is SCARY & contrary to the values which have made us successful!!! To make this a black issue is to MISS THE POINT!!!

  2. Obama is our god!

  3. I have one word to describe the kings of division in the republican party

    Buchanon, Rush Limbo, Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly
    Palin and Every Racist American Citizen

    PATHETIC !

  4. No one should listen to the drug addict Rus Limbaugh, he should be the only one who listens to himself.When Miriam Makeba married Kuame Toure the white news media refused to play her songs, and the white stores jacked up the price of her records, so why we are listening to such as Limbaugh.His opinions donot count.

  5. OK;
    So who is responsible for the price of gas being so high during the last 4 years? the cost of food being up 30% in the last 4 years? The tax increase? The debt being 1 Trillion dollars in 5 months? The deficit 6 Trillion in 4 years. The 54 million on food stamps. The 23 million citizens still out of work.

    Yea, Yea deflect the blame, it’s everyone’s fault except Obama! He’s our savior, Barrack Hussein Obama, he can do no wrong, condemn any one who say’s any thing negative about him.

    Remember how great he is when Gas is $4.50.
    Remember how great he is when the middle east and north Africa go up in flames.
    Remember how great he is when China refuse’s to loan us more money, because they can’t see how we can repay them.

    Yes it’s someone else’s fault! You had better learn to be as critical of this President as you were of all the others before he hurts you
    enough to make you squeal.

    • @Onesilver; Shut the crap up, Yes! it is men like Limbo, Hannity, Beck and Sour Face O’Reilly who make a living causing Division in politics and with voters.

      You can blame Obama all you’d like but weve heard it before and any decent person knows your heart well. You and those who think like you are Sad, Pathetic individuals who may never change because you gave up on truth when the black family moved into the White house.

      I pray you repent before death. Your children and family need you to fess up and become a positive citizen someday.

    • @Onesilver; Shut the crap up, Yes! it is men like Limbo, Hannity, Beck and Sour Face O’Reilly who make a living causing Division in politics and with voters.

      You can blame Obama all you’d like but weve heard it before and any decent person knows your heart well. You and those who think like you are Sad, Pathetic individuals who may never change because you gave up on truth when the black family moved into the White house.

      I pray you repent before death. Your children and family need you to fess up and become a positive citizen someday.

  6. I believe that to be fact, Rush has a lot of White Trash Supremist on his talk show and so does Fox. Rush pops a pill or two and then just starts screaming a lot of BS like the jackass that he is! When you are hopped up on dope anything might come out of your mouth! True or false or right or wrong, he is making money keeping his KKK buds all riled up.

  7. bunch of mindless drones here. anybody that says anything you don't like you'll call a racist.

  8. William H Leonard

    It's about time he speak up and tell it how it really is.

  9. Right or Wrong, it's still America and they still have "Freedom of Speech".

  10. I guess Boyce is mad that our President didn't mention him. He should have. It is the sole reason that this country is so divided. People listen to talking heads…for what reason I don't know. If more people would think for themselves, weighing the information on it's own merit, the confusion in our country would be much less. Talking heads are trouble makers when they stir up confusion. They all should be sent away yo an island so they can bore and confuse each other.

  11. I think the President is spot on in his observation.I would go farther and say that Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox and company espouse racist rhetoric and their venomous dialog is so divisive that it could spark a race war in this country.

    • Nobody serious takes Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing zombies seriously.

    • William L. Tucker , regretfully, I disagree. Many people are Serious, and they take what Limbaugh and co. say very seriously. I have a co-worker who talks back to the radio like many in the church talk back to the preacher. I can hear him saying "yep, tell em, and that's right" at the radio when Rush makes a "point". Nearly EVERY day he has the radio turned to Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush in the early afternoon, and Hannity, in the mid-afternoon. I estimate that around 1/4 of the customer's cars, and about 1/3 of the Trucks are tuned to the station that plays those talk shows. Many of them may not TOTALLY be into them. But they give Rush and co. serious thought. It's tragic.

    • I have to agree with Darryl here. Between them they are paid more than 100 million dollars annually to influence those who take them seriously. I think that apart of our problem is that we don't take them seriously enough. We don't confront the hatred they spew and act as if it will go away on its own.

      There poisonous brand of so-called patriotism would have you dangling from a tree. I would ask you to flippantly say to the families of those who were beaten and murdered as the result of their hate-filled rhetoric that 'nobody takes them seriously.'

      These people are the progenitors and puppeteers of the same people that dragged James Bird chained behind a pick up truck till he was unrecognizable; they are the same race-baiters who from their radio and TV perches orchestrated the lynching of Frederick Jermaine Carter on December 3, 2010 outside Greenwood, Mississippi. Kevin Harpham obviously took them seriously enough to plant a bomb at the MLK day parade in Spokane, Washington on January 17, 2011.

      The list goes on and on from the Jena 6 in Jena, Louisiana to the 5 gunned down in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in April. A lot of people are taking these poisonous pundits seriously…DEADLY SERIOUS

  12. Rush is a racist sob! He should be thrown off the air.Obama is right!

  13. Shirley Gallagher

    Rush Limbaugh by a blogger and I agree.
    I learned someplace that great people talk about ideas, average people talk.
    about things and little people talk about other people…so what does it say.
    about a society that has made Rush rich and famous by talking about other.
    people…mmm?>…it must all be God's will or it would be.
    different…generator, operator, destroyer…G.O.D…it does whatever it wants.
    with whoever it wants whenever it wants and we must take what it gives and give.
    what it takes…ergo, Theofatalism…to learn what really controls everything.
    visit http://www.schooloftheofatalism.org and pass it on..

  14. MSNBC is willing to compromise?

    • IN some things they aren't. But they won't call for the resignation of their OWN just because a a few decisions that they don't agree with. Rush an co called for Boener to step down because he actually NEGOTIATED with Obama. Rush, Hannity,and Beck They are FINISHED with Christie, and called For Justice Roberts to be impeached for voting for Obamacare. But MSNBC will get angry with a Democrat who compromises. But they tend not to TOTALLY reject them.

  15. I think the President is wrong. I think people like Rush and FAUX NEWS are just the talking points and the face of all the feelings on the loons.

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