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article imageNew book: Obama says he is 'losing white males,' blames Fox News

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 20, 2012 in Politics
Journalist David Corn in his new book "Showdown" writes that Obama at a private meeting with labor leaders in 2010 said he is "losing white males" because of Fox News. He complained that "white males" turning to Fox News "hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7"
Politico reports that Corn, who writes for Mother Jones, in his new book “Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party,” scheduled to appear in bookstores on Tuesday, tells the story of political developments in the White House from the 2010 midterm elections to the beginning of the 2012 campaign, with special focus on major events in Obama's presidency, such as Osama bin Laden's assassination; repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell; the Arab Spring and the debt ceiling crisis.
According to Corn, after the midterm elections, Obama at a meeting with labor leaders in December 2010, said Fox was partly responsible for his losing white male voter support. Corn, in his book, reports Obama said: "...Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in...The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old."
According to Corn, Obama changed his tactical approach in 2011. He changed from seeking compromise and took the fight to the Tea Party. Obama and his key strategists, including senior adviser David Plouffe, planned a strategy to "draw GOP into a trap." The kept details of deficit reduction plan secret and delayed in challenging the House Republicans' budget cuts.
Politico reports Corn also writes about Obama administration's challenges with the national economy. According to Corn, when Christina Romer, chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, called for a stimulus in 2009 during a meeting with Obama, he protested, saying: “I can’t get it done. Don’t you understand that?”
Obama also complained about corporate executives during a meeting with one of his advisers after the 2010 midterm elections. He said: “I saved these guys when the economy was falling off a cliff. Now I get nothing but their venom.”
Fox News reacts: 'No examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim.'
Corn's account has generated quick reactions. Mediate reports Fox News anchor Bret Baier, denied Obama's reported claim that he was “losing white male support" because Fox News says he is Muslim "24/7." According to Baier: “For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim."
Joe Newby writing in Examiner.com, berates Obama for blaming his failure on others. He said: "Throughout his Presidency, he has blamed - among others - former President George W. Bush, the economic situation in Europe, the Internet, ATM machines and a 'messy' democracy for his own inability to get the job done. He has even blamed the Founding Fathers for producing a Constitution that prevents him from ruling like a dictator."
Newby argues that Obama unfairly blames Fox News because: "A Google search on Fox News' website using the term 'Obama is a Muslim' only returned about 387 results - hardly the number one would expect if the President was truly being called a Muslim 24 hours a day, seven days a week as he claimed." Newby thinks 387 results for "Obama is a Muslim" is not enough to justify Obama accusing Fox News of waging a disinformation campaign against him.
Similarly, Guy Benson, writing in Town Hall, cites a 2007 Fox report alleging that Obama had attended an Indonesian madrassa as a child, a story CNN later debunked. But Benson also thinks this incident is not significant enough to warrant Obama accusing Fox of a disinformation campaign against him.
According to Mediaite, Corn describes his new book "Shutdown," as taking “the reader into the Oval Office and the back rooms on Capitol Hill for a fast-paced and gripping account of the major events as they unfolded” and revealing “the dilemmas faced by a president assailed by disappointed progressives and defiantly obstructionist Republicans determined to see his defeat.”
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