On Sunday, Left-leaning blog Politicus USA published an article on how Barack Obama is now “taking revenge” against Fox News for years of criticism by freezing them out of interviews—but Obama’s own track record tells us something different.
The administration has boasted before about being the “most transparent administration of all time,” but not when it comes to Fox News.
Fox News, the most-watched cable news channel in America, has been denied access to events and interviews many times throughout Obama’s presidency. Here are four of those times:
1. In 2011, documents came to light showing evidence that two years earlier, the administration had tried to boycott Fox News from a round of interviews being held by the Treasury Department’s “Executive Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg.
These included emails in which Director Of White House Broadcast media Dag Vega wrote:
“Let me know which cables you add—and we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”
2. In 2010, the State Department had a conference call with a variety of reporters on the Benghazi attack. Who didn’t they invite? Fox News:
3. In February 2015, Attorney General Eric Holder denied Fox News the chance to interview him as he left office, despite “numerous requests” by the network:
4. But the latest snub was the last straw for Fox’s Chris Wallace, who took the Obama administration to task this Sunday after Fox was denied access yet again, this time for not allowing them to interview Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
Wallace even displays a graphic showing each of the nine times (10, including this instance) in the past year the White House has denied Fox access to interviews, but granted it to other networks:Image Credit: Screen Grab
If there’s evidence of Fox being frozen out by Obama going back to 2009, and Chris Matthews is listing 10 times alone it’s happened in the past five months, it’s safe to say it’s been a pretty regular policy by the White House—but you do the math.