Fox News Interviewer Broadsides The President
Yesterday Bret Baier showed up to his interview with President Obama on Fox News with guns blazing. He was armed with 18,000 emailed questions from Fox viewers who were worried over the health care reform plan.
As it became apparent from the interview, no one objected to the core issues of the reforms such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, preventing them from dropping coverage once a person became ill, or having the ability to purchase insurance in large pools like members of Congress.
What was stunning was that Baier was condescending and treated the President with total disdain. He repeatedly interrupted the President in a rude manner. Imagine Bret talking to Bush or Cheney in this manner!
Bret tried to shotgun the President by attempting to continuously shift the goalposts. Before Obama would finish answering one question, Baier would throw several others and talk over the President. If this happened in India, there would be major headlines and media would be talking about this for months. Why don't I see similar outcries here?
You do not have to hold Obama in high esteem. You do not need to take into account that Obama has shown the greatest charisma since JFK and the greatest intellect for an American President since who knows when. But what happened to simple manners and decorum? What about the honor of the highest office of the country?
Now everyone can see what sort of cheap shots Fox News is full of! All these wretched TV personalities care about is to score TV ratings. These abominable creeps! I am not an Obama fan, but it hurts me seeing this interview, especially when the President was so gentle and distinguished in his response.
I am a comparatively new immigrant, so perhaps that is why my patriotism and love for my adopted country runs high. I do not wear flags on my coat lapels, yet my feelings are more than skin deep.
It saddens me seeing that the institutions of this country are being damned by the right-wing hacks in such a manner, setting terrible precedents for the young.