October 12th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/12/09

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Is it a risky strategy for the White House to take on Fox News? We've got the raw politics. Plus, Rev. Al Sharpton takes aim at Rush Limbaugh's possible bid for the St. Louis Rams. And, new facts on the H1N1 flu and vaccine from 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta.

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  1. Stacey, GA

    Good Evening Everyone,

    I believe that Obama shouldn't take on fox by himself, but that we as the american people who aggree fox is the arm of the republican party should boycott fox all together, and this would prove to all exactly who the american people truly agree with.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. kevin

    why whould the goverment care what fox has to say unless it's some truth to it i would never get upset about what i am not i only gt mad when people are telling the truth about me and it sounds bad

    October 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Anthony

    It is sad that people dont think Fox has become an arm for racism and the right wing party. Calling the President a racist is ridiculous!
    I will never watch anything Fox News. A media Bully!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Ed

    Look we are all grown. It is obvious that Fox does not deserve respect. David Gergen, you are just wrong!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Chris in Hong Kong

    Hi Anderson and people,

    I'm a Brit working in Hong Kong and have recently been watching Fox News. I have been totally stunned by the complete absence of journalistic impartiality by Fox, something I've only ever seen before in non Democracies. Their approach is transparently anti Obama, and is often personal in the extreme. What's wrong with impartiality and letting viewers make their own minds up without a tirade of cheap shots from journalists who come across as over grown kids?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  6. John Bryant

    Obama 's team goes against Fox, why do they accept msnbc which is truely a one sided news program. Fox is a lot like CNN which may lean a little one way but basically provide both sides of an issue. And that is exactly what we Americans want. We can then be the judge.
    John Bryant– Erie PA.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Colin

    I never watch FOX

    Never have.

    Never will.

    They never tell the truth.
    They always destort the facts

    The WhiteHouse should ban FOX from the WhiteHouse

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Fox News and MSNBC are the two extremes of political discourse. Anyone who is honest with themselves would admit this. If you want real balanced news watch PBS with Jim Lerher!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Michele Argo

    George W. Bush never went on MSNBC in 8 years! And he constantly gave interviews to Fox, who never challenged him.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Nissa

    I don't think it's a risky strategy. Anyone who can think for themselves, and has actually traveled outside of the United States can watch FOX "news" channel and know that it's a show. I am an Alaskan resident, currently traveling in Canada and get to watch the BBC and CBC news and I wish that these news channels could be shown like our major networks, to open up people's eyes who never travel outside the US. There is so much happening on this planet, and we see less than 5% of this on the news! Thanks Anderson, you have a great show!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Carol

    Go Fox! They are representing the news not just the American momentum (or lack of it).

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Robert

    Fox News has devoted so much time on its program to bashing the current administration, how can any one believe they are a fair and balanced news network, it's obvious to me they are and arm of the Republican party and must be funded in some way by the rich and powerful.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. vic nashville, tn

    I have to say this today

    Every one saying most people watch FOX

    Most people tune to FOX then they do the cooking , laundry and other work some time they vacuum the carpet they don’t sit and watch FOX

    If any breaking news they immediately tune to CNN this true

    Example my grand parents

    That mean they don’t have more audience

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Jane (Minnesota)

    Happy Monday to you too!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. cecilia guzman

    I dislike FOX News. I do watch them occasionally, however, just to see what lies, nonsense, and incendiary remarks they are making. They truly ALL are outrageous and do believe they do it to support republicans and their ideology and to fire up the minds of those who lean towards them. cecilia

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. starr, formerly known as vincent

    After listening to David G. , i find that i agree. If the President is taking Fox on directly,probably not a good strategy. David is also right about giving "elevation" to Fox and diminishing his (Obama) level.

    I think that Anderson was right, it should have come from the Democratic Party or an organization like that.

    Pres.Obama may have opened Pandora's Box. But again, who can blame them for all of the lies and mis-information and vitriol that comes from that station. I've tried to watch, but Fox is too much for me.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Ali G

    Hello Anderson!
    Fox (Faux) News is obviously Biased against the President's Administration & sometimes further support their points with totally conjured up un-verified 'facts'. Inviting guests that are already aligned to Very Right Wing Republican Views. Fair & Balanced... I guess, if you blatantly Lie to your Audience.
    The President doesn't need to waste his time with a network that's 'NOT' News.

    -Ali G.
    West Islip, NY

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Lucy

    Obama never should have mentioned Fox News. It made the entire thing look silly. The best way to deal with it, is to just ignore it. Also, a lot of people watch Fox who are on the fence, so he is losing potential people who would turn towards the Obama Administration.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Denise

    Go Gergen.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  20. kim, olive branch MS

    Good evening everyone. We don't watch Fox news. They are very biased in their reporting and it is very obvious. We don't watch it in our home.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Wesley

    Obamas inexperience is showing. Discretion is the better part of valor. If he can't handle beck how can he handle the Taliban?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Joe

    The White House is only saying what everybody else already knew. Somebody tell KT Mcfarland that Obama's message won't get told on FOX news...they'll spin it the way they want it anyway.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  23. Betsy Young

    About Obama taking on FOX news:

    There's an old saying that goes "If you get in a pissing match with a skunk you'll come out smelling like a skunk." Obama taking on FOX is getting "down in the gutter" @ their level

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Cynthia, NC

    Hello and good evening. I prefer to watch a news network that reports the news from both sides when it comes to politics, without taking sides. That is why I don’t watch Fox News. And for Limbaugh taking partial ownership in the Rams, give me a break. That team needs help, but he’ll just bring drama when the help is needed on the field.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Stefanie Davies

    I do not believe for a second that more people watch Fox than CNN and MSNBC combined. And if I am proven wrong, our country is in worse shape than I believed. The problem with Fox News is that they manifest hate, and that hate is directed toward the Obama Administration. That's a problem.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Really Gergen? What about when you called Hillary Clinton's supporters "rednecks?"

    October 12, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  27. ericacnn

    Hi, bloggers – Happy Monday 🙂

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

    Not sitting down with Fox for an intv has absolutely nothing in common with negotiating with other countries regimes!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Bill

    Going after FOX will definitely prove to be a losing strategy for the White House. There are more serious issues that the Nation faces like unemployment and inflation. White house -should drop these petty issues and concentrate on the real world issues.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Steven from Taos

    Good Evening!
    I think the White House would have been wise to stay above the fray about bias in the media, in particular the bias of Fox News. It only serves to to solidify even more the one message, one mind set, no deviation tolerated, behavior of the radical right wing that has taken over the Republican Party!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Maura, Balto

    Regardless of opinion of Fox news their bias and opinion deserves to be heard....

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  32. Evan Kershner

    The White House should ignore Fox News for the prime reason that they are not a real news source. Obama is not losing votes by doing this, the people who watch Fox News are watching Fox because the channel tells them what they want to hear. It is a matter of not wasting the presidents time.

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

    I do not think it is wise to take on the media channel of Fox news. I agree that it elevates Fox and lowers the White House. I think it also reveals the pettiness the White House turns to from time to time. Instead of petty politics which Obama promised he would stop when he was still campaining for the Presidency, why don't they just respond to the attacks made on the network. If Fox is wrong, show proof. If you have nothing to hide,(what happened to transparency?) then why call names? I am now an independent and watch CNN as well as Fox to get a balance. BTW, MSNBC is a joke and I think its a amazing how the Whit House cozies up to them like THEY are Legit.
    Thanks Anderson, I really love your show.

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

    Fox has never been unbiased when reporting new, especially politics. During the "Bush Administration" Fox always spun the "news" in his favor rather than telling it like it really was. That is why I very seldom watch Fox News.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  35. Ed

    Why should they want to go on Fox News. There is no fairness with them.

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

    I have found that my Republican friends do not read editorials,news magazines or watch much except Fox. They do not seem to know or to be able to discuss the other side of an issue and I feel they are brainwashed. Many of them still think there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Yes, some way the other side of these lies presented as truth must be answered.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    At least FNC has Shepard Smith and Bret Baier. Those are the two most objective news programs on any news channel.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Columbus Day.
    I think the White House should be able to communicate whatever it thinks of Fox News. I don't watch it much at all–but what little I see of Fox News seems to be more about opinion and ratings than centered on news.

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

    I strongly beleive that the White House should create a venue of discussion on the validity of the Fox News. Coming from a different country I am shocked to see that such network even received the licence to broadcast. Shouldn't there be more regulations when it comes to free press. And I more surprised to learn that people actually tune into watching Fox news. With such an open access to education and information technology, to lack some basic critical skills is a sin! US Government should at least start the discussion to question the validity of news they deliver!

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

    The administration's decision to attack Fox News is part and parcel with framing opposition to to health care reform as extreme. They did it with Rush in the Spring and now they're doing it with Fox. It drowns out conservative moderates in the debate and puts pressure on convservative democrats not to side with Republicans.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Mary Kendall

    Hallelujah, Anderson, you hit it. Maddow and Oberman are the O'Reilly and Hannity of MSNBC but no one cares. So I watch a little of all....you seem to be the most balanced, yet I don't always agree with you. Boy, thank goodness we aren't as ignorant as Washington thinks we are.

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

    The White house will just boost the ratings for Fox. Bring it on! When was the last time Obama was on Fox. What a surpise a black man not like Fox This White house is a joke!.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Sandi-Kansas City

    Hi Anderson, this is Very Risky business! The White House has drawn another line in the sand, and they are leaving out a large portion of the US voters on the opposite side of that line. Is this really what Obama wants, since he ran on a ticket that would bring people together?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Anna Marie Person

    Call me when you're done talking about Fox News.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Joe

    It seems Fox news is the only news network that is not giving a pass on this Presidents actions.Where are the investigative reporters like Woodward and Brenstein.

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

    Great point, if they can't handle Fox News how can they deal with Iran, North Korea or Russia?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  47. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Anderson, I do not think that the White House will suffer from taking on the FOX Network. They are not a news network in any sense of the word. They are vicious, meanspirited and very misleading. Not news. They definitely are a vehicle for the Party of NO! Repubicans one and all. Roger Ails is the main thrust and his lackys just follow.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Emily

    @ Martina Ilstad Germany; glad to hear that you will have some free time, and you are spending some of it here! 😀

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Lisa in Miami

    Just because the WH spokeswoman mentioned Fox in "Reliable Sources" does this really make this topic "news" and worthy of so much time on AC360? Sorry Anderson, I think you and your team needs to move on to real news.........

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Angelo

    Fox news is guilty of attack. The stature of both the White House and Fox News is clear to most Americans. The White House may feel threatened but they they are also responsible. Maybe Fox News needs to be more responsible. Is it Fox News' job to attack or inform?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
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