Barack Obama and members of his administration realize that Fox is far more a propaganda arm of the Republican Party than a legitimate news organization but they also realize that they have to use all possible means of getting their message out. This includes going on Fox, with Barack Obama to appear on Special Report this evening. Michael Calderone writes:
With Robert Gibbs appearing on “Fox News Sunday” and Timothy Geithner stopping by Fox Business yesterday, it’s clear that top administration officials are willing to engage the much-criticized network a lot more these days.
Now tonight, President Obama sits down for an exclusive interview on “Special Report” as the health care debate wages and a vote’s expected. The upcoming Fox interview was a topic of discussion on — you guessed it — Fox.
On “The O’Reilly Factor, Brit Hume said that Obama’s decision to appear on Fox “tells you for sure, if you didn’t know it already, they haven’t got the votes.”
Bill O’Reilly responded that ‘it’s a smart move to do it because there a lot of independents who watch” the network.
The White House believes that some of Fox’s audience may be swayed by the president. Gibbs, when asked Tuesday if Obama might be able to change any minds, said it was “certainly worth a shot.” And this morning, a White House official further explained the decision further to Playbook:
“Many of the falsehoods and myths about health reform gained traction with Glenn Beck and others on FOX, so the President is returning to the scene of the crime to make the final sale. As we have said, we will work with Fox where it serves our communications interests, and this does.”
There is a segment of the population which gets all of its news from Fox and similar right wing propaganda outlets and this is the only way to reach these people. The problem is that such people are not likely to have their minds changed by the facts. The question is whether there are enough persuadable viewers who are watching Fox.
It is a tough call as to whether to go on Fox. Based upon their past track record, there is a high possibility that Fox will twist whatever is said in coverage of the interview afterward. However, if administration officials do not go on Fox they will simply twist other news footage to present their misinformation. Perhaps going on Fox will at least allow them to get their message to people who watch the actual interview, even if it is inevitable that any subsequent coverage will be distorted .