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Obama Blames Rush Limbaugh and Fox News For the Partisanship in Washington

In an interview with The New Republic, President Obama blamed right wing media for the polarized climate in Washington D.C. LimbaughAccording to Obama, right wing media outlets such as Fox News, and pundits such as radio host Rush Limbaugh, are to blame for the lack of compromise in Washington D.C.

President Obama said Speaker Boehner wanted to reach an agreement with him during the fiscal cliff negotiation, but Boehner felt it would make him vulnerable to attacks from members of his caucus on the right.

Here’s what Obama said:

I think if you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while, they long for the days when they could socialize and introduce bipartisan legislation and feel productive. So I don’t think the issue is whether or not there are people of goodwill in either party that want to get something done. I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground.

One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.

I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.

Obama also said that “left leaning outlets” are more willing to accept compromise than right wing outlets. What do you think? Are Limbaugh and Fox to blame for the polarization in this country?

21 Responses to Obama Blames Rush Limbaugh and Fox News For the Partisanship in Washington

  1. TAS

    January 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    With all the bad stuff that’s happening around the world & whatever your politics, anyone, who watched that “fawning & slobbering” 60Minutes softball interview of Hillary & Barack,should immediately appreciate the need for a forum to present an alternate POV… Why did Steve Kroft fail to ask the Secty of State how she could spend her time traveling to 122 countries & be absolutely “Missing in Action” IN THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY COUNTED…LIBYA / BENGHAZI!!! And everyone knows that the Clinton’s & Obama’s don’t really care for each other & the phony camaraderie in that interview was totally political & NAUSEATING!!! Just Watch the Body Language!!! The country needs someone to point these things out…Both parties have Cads & Clowns in their Ranks & Sensible Folks too… That’s why it’s called the marketplace of ideas… Anyone or anything trying to eliminate or demonize other opinions is SCARY & contrary to the values which have made us successful!!! To make this a black issue is to MISS THE POINT!!!

  2. NiggaKKK

    January 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Obama is our god!

  3. Kevin

    January 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I have one word to describe the kings of division in the republican party

    Buchanon, Rush Limbo, Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly
    Palin and Every Racist American Citizen

    PATHETIC !

  4. Haile

    January 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    No one should listen to the drug addict Rus Limbaugh, he should be the only one who listens to himself.When Miriam Makeba married Kuame Toure the white news media refused to play her songs, and the white stores jacked up the price of her records, so why we are listening to such as Limbaugh.His opinions donot count.

  5. Onesilverbac

    January 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    OK;
    So who is responsible for the price of gas being so high during the last 4 years? the cost of food being up 30% in the last 4 years? The tax increase? The debt being 1 Trillion dollars in 5 months? The deficit 6 Trillion in 4 years. The 54 million on food stamps. The 23 million citizens still out of work.

    Yea, Yea deflect the blame, it’s everyone’s fault except Obama! He’s our savior, Barrack Hussein Obama, he can do no wrong, condemn any one who say’s any thing negative about him.

    Remember how great he is when Gas is $4.50.
    Remember how great he is when the middle east and north Africa go up in flames.
    Remember how great he is when China refuse’s to loan us more money, because they can’t see how we can repay them.

    Yes it’s someone else’s fault! You had better learn to be as critical of this President as you were of all the others before he hurts you
    enough to make you squeal.

    • Kevin

      January 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      @Onesilver; Shut the crap up, Yes! it is men like Limbo, Hannity, Beck and Sour Face O’Reilly who make a living causing Division in politics and with voters.

      You can blame Obama all you’d like but weve heard it before and any decent person knows your heart well. You and those who think like you are Sad, Pathetic individuals who may never change because you gave up on truth when the black family moved into the White house.

      I pray you repent before death. Your children and family need you to fess up and become a positive citizen someday.

    • Kevin

      January 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      @Onesilver; Shut the crap up, Yes! it is men like Limbo, Hannity, Beck and Sour Face O’Reilly who make a living causing Division in politics and with voters.

      You can blame Obama all you’d like but weve heard it before and any decent person knows your heart well. You and those who think like you are Sad, Pathetic individuals who may never change because you gave up on truth when the black family moved into the White house.

      I pray you repent before death. Your children and family need you to fess up and become a positive citizen someday.

  6. Ann G.

    January 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I believe that to be fact, Rush has a lot of White Trash Supremist on his talk show and so does Fox. Rush pops a pill or two and then just starts screaming a lot of BS like the jackass that he is! When you are hopped up on dope anything might come out of your mouth! True or false or right or wrong, he is making money keeping his KKK buds all riled up.