October 12th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/12/09

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  1. Anna

    I am glad someone is calling fox out but I don't think it is wise for it to be the Whitehouse with the already slanted reporting that is coming from this channel. It will only get worse I am sure. I gladly avoid the fox network and will continue to do the same.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. LorenaR

    well said Mr David Gergen, i certainly can agree with you that the White House stoops to the level of Fox News in this current controversy. But, i also say, AttaPres! go after them! From day one, this president has been blamed, insulted, reviled, criticized. If the president switches his breakfast cereal tomorrow you can be sure he will be blamed, criticized, insulted and reviled by the right wing. sure we need dissident voices in a democracy, but INTELLIGENT dissident voices.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Nedra

    FOX news is a disgrace and a major tool of propaganda for the far right. The amount of hatred and intolerance from the far right is NOT what jesus would do! Good for Obama for disengaging!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Michele Newby

    I think that there are so many lies being told on Fox that are so incendiary as to rally the right-wing base that the current administration has EVERY RIGHT to set the record straight. Sorry to disagree with someone I admire, David Gergen, but, we have to do everything we can to stop the lying. It's time Democrats stood up. We are much of the so-called "Silent Majority."

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Alizabeth Showers

    I think the President SHOULD take on Fox News, they generally have disproportionally racist views and guest on there and durning the Election was very Bias and Deeming of the President...Also I feel That Rush Limbaugh should HAVE NO HAND in the NFL because he is openly Racist and him having ownership of a league MAINLY compromised of Black Men would be him Fulfilling his "slave owner" mentality and VERY DISCONSERTING, I would ALSO BOYCOTT ANY & ALL NFL EVENTS

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Diane

    Why is the White House so afraid of Fox News?? If you don't have anything to hide, why worry? I thought that we were still a country of free speech, that we still have 1st Amendment rights. I have NEVER heard of a President trying to do this~ Is CNN next??

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Valery Lyman

    hi all. Fox hosts such as Glenn Beck have crossed the line from journalism to political operations to the extent that they are actually organizing political events – such as tea party gatherings and the 9/12 march. This is way beyond what MSNBC does. It's sad noone has said it. Good strategy from White House Communications department!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. sandy newton

    When cnn says "keeping them honest", that is a true statement. You give factual reporting. MSNBC is so far to the left and Fox so far to the right, the poor viewers never actually get the news they get the broadcasters point of view with "spin".

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Victoria

    I don't watch Fox. everyone knows that they are biased. I don't believe the majority of the public watch it. Most Americans are not tuned into politics anyway. All I hear or see are the clips that come from other networks.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Diana

    According to MSNBC – they have more viewers than Fox. BUT- Fox say they have more viewers. Who's tellling the truth??? I'll bet it's not FOX!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. lizz

    is i true that fox gets more audience that cnn?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Cessy, Chicago IL

    FOX news is top news for tonight? Lets forward this to the Iguana news. That seems to be more intersting.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Adam Rahman, Plano, TX

    Fox is at best a tabloid TV station, not news station. "Obama's baby mama", "Terrorists fist jab", "racist", "deep seated hatred for white people", all came from Fox.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Rose Marie Williamson

    Perhaps the President could stay at home, quit worrying about what Fox News does or says, and he might actually have time to address Gen. McCrystals questions about the war.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Leonor Shukan

    I agree with David, the White House should stay way from engaging or challanging the media. Fox or any other media.
    The White House has too much to do to be "worried" about the media.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Sylvia

    I don't know why the Democrats don't fire back at the Republicians

    The Republicians and Fox news did the same thing with Bill Clinton

    Bush started a war and we didn't hear anything from Fox

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Marty Huyette(Hyatt)

    separation of church and state.....separation of media and state...and I'm a republican.. it's a hard job being moderate, but somebody's got to do it!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Spencer, PA

    I think it is silly to compare Faux News to MSNBC

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. lisal -canada

    oh that is going to be a PR nightmare for someone

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Tasha, North Carolina

    I agree CNN and Anderson is the only place I go to for news. It seems to be the most credible and non bias new source.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    My point exactly. MSNBC is sickening.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Jane (Minnesota)

    I think it's ok to call Fox News out for not having balanced reporting. Let's face it – the Prieident isn't going to attract those viewers to his side. I can't tolerate watching it at all anymore. They just should dwell too much on it.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. jerry kelly

    Risky? Sure it is, but it has to be done. I am sick of Fox "News" obvious right-wing bios, and their not-so-subtle racism. Take them on , I say!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  24. tommy from az

    fox is not news. it is a one sided opinion. Tell me fox has more viewers than cnn I doubt that. Never the less cnn is news fox is one sided and a huge reason this country is scared .

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  25. David Angelo

    Although what the White House says about Fox News is true, and everyone knows it, attacking them I fear will ultimately only add fuel to the fire in which Fox News thrives on. That being said, anyone who watches Fox News likely already likely voted against Obama so I don't think it will lose him support substantially.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Rolando

    I think that it was a mistake to take this position against Fox. It validates their standing undeserving.

    I am just happy that a racist, divisive and egotistical person like Glen Beck does not work for CNN. I do not know who ended the relationship, but it was good for CNN

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Minou, New York City

    Wanna bet Fox will have plenty of AC clips on tomorrow?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Ryan

    Well the times i watch Fox news which is few times a week they are always portray president obama in a negative way..

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Sharon Hastings

    I agree with David G. Ignore them, or tell jokes about their comments. Keep it light. Be above the whole thing. The only time I watch Fox is for the shear entertainment sometimes and to guess what kind of medication Glenn needs to be on.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Slavi

    It is a good strategy to take on Fox News because of their blatant and immoral misinformation and honestly, lies.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Joanne

    Finally, someone is taking on Fox. I say, you go, President Obama and staff. Fox lies, distorts and misrepresents. They're a disgrace to the journalistic profession. Fox cannot hold a candle to CNN and MSNBC.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Barry

    Fox should be exposed for every lie they peddle. Misinformation is not only dangerous it is imoral. Glenn Beck is a national security problem he incites hate and potentially violence.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  33. gail

    Fox helped to perpetuate the lies of the birthers, Sarah Palin and the"death panels" lies, called the President of the United States a racist and you all want to criticize the White House on whether they should take on the liars rather than point to the liars and call then just that. Please stop calling it "warfare" , it demeans real war. What Anita Dunn said was completely true!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  34. Rebecca

    It is not only risky, but gives the impression that they only want to talk to the media that agrees with them. This is supposed to be a democracy, so one wonders why Obama is not wanting to talk to "the other side"? Is there really "transparency" in what he is doing if he will only talk with his supporters?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  35. Martin Bama

    Obama is scared of Fox News the only New that ask real questions. We expect these ppl to fight terrorist, Give me a break

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  36. Mark

    Was it just said that Fox news has more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined?? I thought it was CNN who had more viewers than MSNBC and Fox combined

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  37. Mike G

    i haven't heard any anchor or pundit today on this issue ask someone :

    name or show one incident when FOX has said something positive about the President in the last 9 months without a negative twist to it.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  38. elena bianchetti

    Fox has more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined?? Lol yeah right!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  39. Chuck

    The Whilte House would do better to state the full and unbiased story – yes, FOX is in essence 24/7 air time for the Republicans just as MSNBC is 24/7 air time for the Democrats. CNN is all I watch anymore as it is the only news station that actually covers rather than spins the news for the viewer.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  40. jeffrey

    I do not feel that the White House take on FOX its clearly irrevelant and shows that FOX is pressing the right buttons

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  41. Jane - Vt

    @Mike, I've watched Fox, but I just can't take them anymore. They don't really report things factually. I know they don't because I watch PBS, Cspan, cnn, msnbc, and read a lot to get my news.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  42. Emily

    It's important to get the "other side"....how else will you know what the other person is thinking if you don't listen to what they have to say?!

    It's separating the entertainment from the news; fact from fiction!

    There are always 2 sides!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  43. Barbara

    What is the White House thinking? Thank God for Free of the Press. I can't wait to see how this plays out!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  44. Matt

    The White House's context is understandable – but the approach is wrong, and inadvertently leads to the conclusion that Fox is right (no pun intended).

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  45. Spencer, PA

    I hate Faux News but I think it should be beneath the White House to respond to their lunacy in this way.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Jazmynn Post

    Hes the President – he can do what he likes. These people preach hatred. Didn't Bush take on the Dixie Checks? Its too bad you guys cant just focus on the betterment of your people, who are so obviously forgotten with all the bickering. Shame on you.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  47. Ian

    Fox does not engage in conversation, it engages in interruption matches that the host always wins. If they start to lose the argument, they cut to commercial or to a conservative "guest" who is allowed to speak without interruption. Why should the President lower himself to participate in this kind of biased theater?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  48. Karen Gonyea, MN

    No wonder I never watch FNC

    October 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  49. Karen, Charlotte

    Your guest is kidding herself if she thinks that President Obama will get any votes from fox viewers. She's either kidding herself or out and out not telling the truth. These are after all the tea party, birthers, deathers and down right haters of President Obama.

    To those that say fox is excersing their first amendment right, I say that the White House is excersing their right not to speak to fools.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  50. Ed

    President Obama made a good move boycotting Fox. They are not objective and do not really cover the news. They are hateful and negative and President Obama would be better served to ignore them. Racist would be the best word to describe them.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
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