Fox News bites the hand that only just fed it

Immediately after exclusive with President Obama, cable net shows why White House is wary of it

Published March 17, 2010 8:30PM (EDT)

Wednesday, at 6 p.m. EDT, Fox News will broadcast an exclusive interview with President Obama. Given the White House's very public disdain for the cable network -- and the tension between the two -- this might be a little surprising. But the White House knew just what it would get with this interview, and offered it to Fox anyway, the idea being that it was a way to reach moderates and conservatives and sway them on healthcare reform as we near final votes.

Still, it is amazing how soon after the interview Fox turned on Obama -- it's almost as if the network wanted to prove the White House's case against itself. Take this paragraph, from an unbylined story on Fox's Web site teasing the interview:

The president, in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, was responding for the first time to the controversy over a plan to use a parliamentary trick to allow the House to pass the Senate's health care bill without forcing members to vote for it directly. The esoteric procedure has drawn fierce protest from Republicans who say Democrats are trying to avoid accountability, but the president said there will be no doubt about where lawmakers stand on health care reform.

Not particularly fair, or balanced.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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