Fox news is having a field day with the fact that the President of the United States does not want to talk to them. It seems that Mr. Obama got sick of the bias against him and decided to exclude them from interviewing him. While it is true that there is nothing unbiased about Fox, or for that matter, many other news networks, Mr. Obama should still talk to them.
When George W. Bush was president, dissent was squelched. Those who disagreed with him over almost anything were unwelcome in his presence. People were arrested for wearing T-shirts critical of him or his policies, and liberals thought it a crime. It was a crime. Cindy Sheehan was right in her grievance against Bush. Millions sympathized with her precisely because he turned a cold shoulder to her. The president of the United States is answerable to the American people, even those who disagree with him, even Barack Obama.
Obama is working hard for America, and he has achieved much. There will always be some people whom Obama cannot please, and many of those watch Fox News. They have been called Obama-phobes. Obama owes it to all Americans, even those who disagree with him, to be open about his policies. Not speaking to one network because it is critical of him is unwise, and gives critics ammunition to use against him.
Obama is a capable and intelligent man. He is a lawyer by training, and he can certainly hold his own in a debate with anyone Fox could send him. The fact that whoever Fox sends will probably be antagonistic is irrelevant. Certainly there are protocols of courtesy that will be enforced, and Fox will comply, like every other news organization that interviews the president.
All parents struggle with their children becoming friends with someone they dislike. Some parents try to pick their children’s friends, but parenting experts warn against this. Instead, they recommend making all their friends welcome. That way, when these undesirable friends show their true colors, children see it in the context of their own home. A rude child will be rude to the people the child loves, and the child will notice.
The same holds true for President Obama. If he continues to talk to them, Fox news reporters will show their true colors sooner or later, given the chance. Should Fox twist his words into falsehoods, there are laws against libel and slander that offer relief. Sure, it is easier not to talk to them, but that approach keeps those who trust Fox without reserve in the dark. Such people are already operating at a disadvantage, because they are unwilling to apply critical thinking to policy problems. Keeping them further uninformed adds insult to injury.
Obama won the election with a comfortable majority. He will keep his job for the next 3 years unless he breaks the law. The results of his work will decide what people think of him, not Fox News. Taking the coward’s way will not serve him or his ends.