Obama Camp Blasts Fox News, Drudge Report for Driving Socialism Complaints
The Obama campaign has decided to employ the shoot-the-messenger approach in response to comments he made about claims his positions are socialist. The quotes come from a 2001 Chicago Public Radio interview where Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama lamented that the Supreme Court wasn‚Äôt more proactive in redistribution of wealth as part of the civil rights movement.
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton came out with that defense on Fox News Oct. 27 broadcast of ‚ÄúAmerica‚Äôs Election HQ‚ÄĚ and defended a statement he had made earlier in the day:
‚ÄúThis is a fake news controversy drummed up by the all too common alliance of Fox News, the Drudge Report and John McCain, who apparently decided to close out his campaign with the same false, desperate attacks that have failed for months,‚ÄĚ Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement issued Oct. 27.
‚ÄúYou know what Bill ‚Äď it seems that when I have you on and we talk about tough issues, issues that may be potentially tough for your candidate, this is what you do ‚Äď you blame Fox,‚ÄĚ Kelly said. ‚ÄúYou come out with the best defense is a good offense and start ripping on us. You should know that in the polls as recently as this month, in one taken by Rasmussen, the majority of Americans think that Fox is the least biased network out there. MSNBC was first, CNN was second. Fox was last in terms of bias. Your guy is believed to be getting helped by 70 percent of the press corps according to the latest Pew poll, but you complain when you think Fox has the nerve to confront his candidate with his own words.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBut look, you know the bottom line is that the American people know Barack Obama has been crystal clear about his economic plans for this country,‚ÄĚ Burton said. ‚ÄúAnd if he gives a tax cut to 95 percent of Americans is socialist ‚Äď I don‚Äôt think that the American people agree with that. And so this notion that somehow Fox News has been fair on these points ‚Äď it just does not hold up to the reality of this sort of coverage it has been getting.‚ÄĚ
The claims that
Obama promotes ‚Äúsocialism‚ÄĚ began with his now famous call to ‚Äúspread the wealth
comments to ‚ÄúJoe the Plumber.‚ÄĚ Fox News and the Drudge Report were the
first outlets to report on the recently discovered 2001