September 29th, 2010
08:40 AM ET

DNC Chair on Fox News: They are 'pushing' for Republicans

President Obama is at the University of Wisconsin trying to rally the Democratic base as November elections near. In a newly published Rolling Stone interview, Obama called it "irresponsible" to paint the base as unenthusiastic. The magazine also asked Obama what he thought of Fox News. The president replied that the channel had a "very clear, undeniable point of view" that Obama disagreed with. Read the Rolling Stone article.

Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former governor of Virginia weighs in on CNN’s American Morning.

Kiran Chetry: The president brought it up or at least answered a question about Fox News. He called Fox news part of a tradition and point of view that were "destructive for the long-term growth of the country." We're in a unique situation where perhaps three out of four of the biggest names being bandied about for the presidency in 2012 under the GOP all have deals, contributor deals with Fox News channel. What is your take on how this is going to play out moving forward?

Tim Kaine: Well, you know, I think that they're taking actions as a company. And I go on Fox all the time. I think I should. I want to speak to all voters, but I think they are taking actions that at make people realize they're basically a promoter of one party, the GOP. When the Fox parent corporation gives $1 million to the Republican Governor's Association, which they did a couple of weeks ago, they're abandoning that even pretense of journalistic neutrality, which journalistic organizations, newspapers, TV stations, you know, fight to maintain. And so, you know, I assume what they are. When I go into Fox, I’m walking into the lion's den, I’m going to do my best. But they are clearly pushing for the other side. And when they have presidential-likely candidates, you know, who are paid contributors with them, I think that tells you who they're pulling for. It means we have to work harder basically.

For more on the donation to the RGA, read Politico's story.

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  1. Fed Up

    Im so tired of hearing people debate over what news network is saying what about whom. Whether its FOXnews' right wing media extremist appraoch or the more subtly biased MSNBC network, in the end it all sounds like the talk of a brainwashed nation of people looking for someone to blame as to why we dont want to take responsibility for the lackluster way we manage our country's finances. We want to drive SUV's and buy the largest falt panel LCD TV's and the Republicans encourage this behavior of unrestrained consumer spending because its what makes them richer. Put a Republican in office and they'll tell you everything is going to be okay because they will raise the middle class taxes on everything you buy and every dollar you make, and thats what makes sense to them. Democrats are catching a bad rap for the tax cuts on the upper 2% and thats the same group that is spending every dime to discredit the president of the united states. If they were smart they would be more focused on gaining the repsect of the american people and let the president at least try to finish up his term with some dignity intact. I beleive its already too late for both parties, as the independent voters and other neutral parties are starting to gain more ground in the political world.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve shister

    I agree that MSNBC is completely biased in favor of OBAMA,but I don't hear the rhetoric and the HATE that comes from fox news that intentionally in sites anger and lies towards any other point of view, other than theirs.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scotty

    Egotistic beyond belief. Why doesn't everyone love me ? If President Obama had to listen to a tenth of what he and his people said about President Bush on a daily basis he'd end up quitting.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. re: Rebecca

    I stand behind Obama whole-heartedly as the elected leader for whom I happened to vote. I don't need a bias in the media to keep it tthat way. The Republicans should stop whining, and furthermore, appreciate the things we have instead of acting like we would be okay without it. Clinton had a surplus–spending makes sense wheh you are in charge of minting it. Or anything wlse people mostly more checked in than the glorified secretaries on Fox do about how that structure is affecting the nation, and internationally. We have priorities, and as much as they could they'll give the bayboomers don't worry.. You'll probably get yours too! xo

    October 6, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
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