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. Ancient Texan

    Fox is the only news source that is not in the President's pocket and it really irritates him to have a dissenter that tells both sides of the news. To those that will immediately accuse Fox of bias, either do not watch Fox,or they are seeing commentary and think it's the news report. Even a really dense liberal should know the difference.

    September 29, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • NewYorker

      Wrong! Most other news organizations do not suck up to any single party the way Fox News does. During the Bush presidency, Fox News was the only news organization in the pocket of the GOP and the president. Now that a Democrat is in the White House, they somehow look (to fools like you anyway) like they are the only opposition to the Democrats, but that is only because they have allied themselves so completely with the RNC.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DenverGrl

      If FOX is so fair and balanced, why are they giving millions to Republican organizations? Where are their contributions to Democrat organizations? I would really like to know.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • SethC

      Fox news has been a burr on obama butt from the beginning, why does he not renounce CNN for their part in getting him elected and all the good news they published about him. WOW what a double sided coin he carries.

      September 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biggles

      Ah yes, I remember the ever neutral MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's reaction to Obama being elected. She said, "President Obama – I LOVE saying that"! MSNBC is so neutral that they even have advertisements explaining that they only interview liberals because they want us all to hear the correct view! Of course, Obama didn't blast MSNBC... I'll bet he LOVES saying, "MSNBC"!

      September 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Many on Fox do lien toward Republicans but mostly they lien away from Obama. CNN kisses Obama's butt, and most of us don't appreciate that. Either way, at least 70% of the American voters don't like what the democratic congress has done in the last two years. We don't like Obamacare and we don't like runaway spending. Some spending is necessary but when we say stop, we expect to be listened to not ignored like Peloski and Reid and Obama did. That is why the American public is mad not because of what Fox or anyone else is saying. I will say though that blatant disregard for fairness and the law as shown by ACORN and the black panthers intimidation does sway me quite a bit. Acorn should have had their funds withdrawn and some major firing done. The black panthers that intimidated the voters as shown on camera should have been tried. If found not guilty fine but they should have faced trial.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      Fox new is the only News Network that opposes obama and his leftist agenda. Now Obama is calling them destructive just because they believe in something different than him. Was this what our country stands for, getting rid of someone who disagrees with you.

      October 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kick@ss Donkey

      Anyone that uses the term Obamacare is clearly discredited as an arbiter of what is fair and what is balanced. I have never encountered anyone that uses thet erm Obamacare without having a pretty pre-established and certainly not neutral political view, lets say like a FOX News watcher.

      October 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lawrence

    Having watched fox news beat-up ms.clinton for two years I concur with the president/mr.kane there nothing fair&balanced here

    September 29, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. It's True

    Keith Olberman is the most fair and balanced person on TV.

    September 29, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Texan

    Bama's remarks about Fox was totally inappropriate. I'm embarrassed that the President of the United States would make such a statement about a news agency. Not very American. Doesn't he believe in freedom of the press?

    September 29, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • NewYorker

      If Obama (not Bama) could shut down Fox News, or could sue them for slander (which is possible in the UK), then you can whine about lack of freedom of the press. He is merely expressing a very widely held belief that Fox News is bad for America. Obama's right to call a spade, a spade, is certainly protected under the First Amendment, just as Fox News' right to call a spade, a fish, is also protected under the First Amendment.

      September 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wesley

      A widely held view? Perhaps. But I suspect there is a more widely held view that over 60% of journalists are self-ascribed Liberals (according to Pew Research polls) and that the majority of news outlets lean liberal or are fully liberal in their news coverage (MSNBC is the exact mirror image of Fox News in its liberal coverage). So, point the finger at the ONE news outlet that is blatantly conservative, but give a pass to the half dozen blatantly liberal news outlets. Interesting point of view...

      October 1, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kick@ss Donkey

      Intellectuals tend to be liberal. Yes, knowledge does breed truth and truth breeds progress. It's what keeps us moving forward into the future as opposed to conservatives that pull us back to the 1950's and arguably the 1850's. There is a reason journalists, lawyers, college professors, and generally most people with masters degree or above are's because they're smart. Conservatives are generally anti-intellectual (e.i. global warming, history revisionism, "creationism", etc.)

      October 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. just conservative

    I think it is absolutely incredible the Democrats – especially the president have the audacity to say that a news org is playing favorites. Are we all that stupid to not realize what happened in the Presentational election – it was won for Obama by CBS, NBC, ABC , CNN and the likes – OMG – talk about the kettle calling the pot black – pull your head out people –

    September 29, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • NewYorker

      Partisan poodle.

      September 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda


      October 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. DenverGrl

    Ummm... so what's new here? Haven't we all known about Fox's slant toward conservatives forever? There is a reason why you don't see Glenn Beck on CNN or MSNBC. There is a reason why Fox is contributing millions to Republican organizations. CNN and Fox, really aren't news organizations anymore. They are part of the culture war in our country. CNN is more left leaning, Fox is more right leaning. The news is just an opinion now, not actual news. Personally, I go to foreign news agencies for my news, like CBC (Canadian Broadcasting), and BBC. They don't have a stake in left or right.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh my...

      First of all, amen sister! But think of how tragic it would be if we couldn't argue about bias in the news and point fingers at the left or the right. We would have to actually have conversation about ISSUES!!!! AHHHH! I shudder at the thought.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. richard in houston

    Texan. Get you facts straight.The President and Kane did not say that Fox does not have right to say what they say. They said Fox was bias.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. richard in houston

    Keith Olberman is a show host like Hannity but Olberman is more fair. But let's be honest he does lean left. Unlike Fox news reporters who lean right.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John of Tennessee

    If people are going to continue to listen to the puppet and not the puppet masters, then what happens to them will be their own falt. Our nation will repeat history and collapse like Rome. Woodrow Wilson was stopped and Obama must be likewise. We need a return to our nations roots. Otherwise it will mt matter who leads or where we get our news.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    Someone should make ronald reagan's 12 steps to being a good republican an everyday reminder so those who are in love with them(the republican rich) understand what lie,deny,and when all else fails,flip it around to cause confusion,is all about!!

    September 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chester

    John of Tennessee
    Lets throw Obama out and install Palin.
    Win win for the whol country. At leats
    she will be able to return honor to the
    White house, just like good old boy dubya.
    WRONG come up with some real answer and
    a real choice for prez. Then you might take
    back the WH.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alice Rendall

    If Obama is so worried about FOX that he has to single them out for reporting views he deems opposite his – maybe it would be wise to find out why all the fuss? You know that old saying, 'where there's smoke, there's fire'.

    Sometimes it is wise to pull back the curtain.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ancient Texan

    Richard- The news REPORTERS on Fox report the news as it happens in a very fair and balanced way. Now, OReilly, Beck, Hannity and other Commentators are OPINION and do not pretend to report the news. They are giving their take on what has been reported. ..........Biggles- You are correct! The Libs are so used to the counter-clock-wise-spin on the other channels, that anything else is leaning right. John F. Kennedy would have to run as a right wing Republican if he were alive today.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. i2i

    Uh huh. And CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NBC, the NY Times, TIME, Comedy Central, PBS, CNN, et al aren't "pushing" for Democrats??? All things considered, media-wise the Republicans have always been horribly outgunned so why on Earth would any leftist care 2 cents if FOX News leans to the right??? Oh right, "Obama". Yeah, I guess the left doesn't really have anything to work with. Bummer dudes. =(

    September 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. South Democrat

    has anyone actually thought about how long it would actually take to turn this country around from the brink of depression>? what is the time table for doing something like that? who exactly is it that people are listening to when they say the president is taking too long to bring unemployment rates down and create jobs? why do republicans get the right to hurry up Obama on fixin the economy when they methodically spent 8 years creating this disaster and no one took notice? when are people going to wake up? its not up to Obama to fix the coutry, its up to the people. Obama is just the first one to step up and do what we all need to do.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • re: Rebecca

      I wish someone like you would say that loudly and with the entire national audience. Then maybe the Republicans will see; we don't want to see them hurt themselves like they do, waling in pailn.

      October 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
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