As we’re sure you’ve already heard, President Obama will make an unprecedented five Sunday show appearances this week- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Univision. Noticeably missing is “Fox News Sunday.”
You may have noticed, by the way, the one notable omission from his schedule: Fox News. I think this is a mistake. The perception may be that Fox is a nest of Obama-haters whose audience is monolithically opposed to him, but I think he would only benefit from being perceived to have the stones to do Fox and do it regularly. His campaign interview with Bill O’Reilly was tough-and it was the best interview he gave in the whole campaign cycle.
As I said then, “The fact remains that – according to Pew Research – over half of Fox News’ audience members are Democrats or Independents. Their votes are legitimate, whether Fox News is or not. And to continue to freeze out Fox would go against one of Obama’s most consistent messages: that people are sick of red-vs.-blue America divisions and that we should be able to talk with people who disagree with us.” I’m sticking by that.
We’ll open it to a vote…
On a related note… Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on cable yesterday (via TVNewser): “I’m here to tell you, Mr. President, it’s ok. I’m ok. But this ain’t sitting well with other broadcasters you are leaving out. You didn’t hear it from me, Mr. President, but I’m told the folks at ESPN are furious. ESPN-2, too, and the the Speed Channel…”
Cavuto used a clip from the children’s channel Sprout, saying, “they’ve reduced themselves to begging.” “Not here, Mr. President, we’re too classy for that sort of thing. We don’t beg,” said Cavuto.