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Posts Tagged ‘Jann Wenner’

Obama on Jon Stewart: ‘For Young People … He Ends Up Having More Credibility Than Conventional News Programs’

In an interview with “Rolling Stone,” Pres. Obama reiterates what he’s said in the past, about not watching a lot of news on TV. But he does like a comedic take on the news, a la Jon Stewart.

In an interview with Jann Wenner, Obama says, “I don’t watch a lot of TV news. I don’t watch cable at all. I like ‘The Daily Show,’ so sometimes if I’m home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that.

I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant. It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense — for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do.”

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Pres. Obama on Fox News: ‘Wildly Successful,’ ‘Destructive’ Point of View

President Obama is on the cover of Rolling Stone — for the fifth time. In the Oval Office interview, conducted by co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner, the president is asked about Fox News Channel:

Wenner: “What do you think of Fox News? Do you think it’s a good institution for America and for democracy?”

Obama: “[Laughs] Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We’ve got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated. The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition – it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it’s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.”

(h/t Politico44)