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  • A Look Back At Fox News' Interviews With Obama Ahead Of His Sunday Network Appearance

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN, BRENNAN SUEN & CRISTIANO LIMA

    Chris Wallace will interview President Obama on Fox News Sunday April 10, marking Obama's first interview with the network since 2014. In past interviews, Fox figures including Wallace, Bret Baier and Bill O'Reilly have focused on Obama's ties to "radical" figures, hyped supposed scandals, lectured Obama on race, and interrupted him repeatedly.

  • National Journal's Major Garrett Whitewashes Hillary Clinton's Record On Women's Rights

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVIA KITTEL

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    National Journal correspondent-at-large Major Garrett used Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices book tour to whitewash Clinton's long career championing women's rights and leadership, baselessly accusing Clinton of focusing on women's issues for purely selfish reasons.

    In a June 10 column Garrett attacked Hillary Clinton as selfishly obsessed with the notion "that the presidential glass ceiling" is exclusively hers "to break," and accused Clinton of sitting on a "self-built pedestal of inevitability." Garrett challenged Clinton to "do something interesting" and advised her to seize her "sexism opportunity," as "the glass ceiling halts the progress of all women -- not just yours":

    Start by ending the constricting and unpalatable obsession that the presidential glass ceiling is yours and yours alone to break. It isn't. The longer you pretend otherwise, the longer your road to the White House will become. The glass ceiling halts the progress of all women -- not just yours.

    But Garrett's critique ignores Clinton's longstanding history as a champion of women's rights worldwide as well as her advocacy for all women to break the glass ceiling. 

    Most recently, Clinton cheered the opportunity of a female president in a June 4 interview with People, saying, "I'm certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics." Clinton stressed that despite her desire to see a female president, she hasn't yet made her "own decision about what I think is right for me," underscoring her belief that she does not necessarily have to be the first woman president.

    In April, Hillary Clinton launched "No Ceilings," a series of conversations that focus on professional discrimination and encourage women to break the glass ceiling. 

    Clinton also highlighted the importance of having a female president of the United States in a December interview with Barbara Walters. Admitting that although she did not know who the first female president may be, Clinton promoted a number of capable female senators "on both sides of the aisle" and asserted:

    CLINTON: It matters because we have half the population that has given so much to building this country, to making it work, and of course I want to see a woman in the White House. Because, if I look at my friends and former colleagues who are now in the Senate, it was the women senators on both sides of the aisle who finally broke the fever over the government shutdown and debt limit debate. They have been working across party lines, and we need more of that.

  • National Journal's Major Garrett Reinforces GOP Attacks On Obama's Small Business Comments

    Blog ››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD

    The National Journal's Major Garrett brought up the Republican campaign to use the "you didn't build that" line to attack President Obama during both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, but let stand the distortion at the heart of that campaign. In fact, during his speech -- as independent fact-checkers have noted -- Obama was explaining how small businesses have benefitted from the successes and contributions of others, including government, which Garrett failed to point out.

    Indeed, those comments have repeatedly been taken out of context by the right-wing media and Republicans for over a month. But as FactCheck.org noted, those attacks are dishonest:

    There's no question Obama inartfully phrased those two sentences, but it's clear from the context what the president was talking about. He spoke of government -- including government-funded education, infrastructure and research -- assisting businesses to make what he called "this unbelievable American system that we have."

    In summary, he said: "The point is ... that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

    During a discussion about the 2012 presidential election on NBC's The Chris Matthews Show, Garrett, a former Fox News White House correspondent who is now a National Journal congressional correspondent, referred to how "Republicans will use the president's 'you didn't build that' against him" at the respective party conventions. Garrett continued by explaining that the comments would be used "thematically at the Republican convention and with traveling hecklers in Charlotte," where the Democratic National Convention will be held. 

    But as the full context of Obama's comments show, he was simply noting that the success of small businesses comes not only from their own initiative, but also can come from outside influences such as "a great teacher somewhere in your life" and investment "in roads and bridges."

  • Garrett confirms what we already know: Fox "wants to keep" the media polarized

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC SCHROECK

    Today on Morning Joe, former Fox News correspondent Major Garrett - who is now with National Journal - offered his insight into some of the internal workings at Fox News. Discussing NPR's firing of Juan Williams and the "polarization of American media," Garrett stated:

    GARRETT: Because of that longstanding relationship with Fox, it was becoming increasingly, I think -- and Juan and I had had some conversations about this -- that NPR was increasingly unhappy with him, because it was getting blowback from some of its listeners about seeing Juan so often on Fox. That speaks to a problem that neither Fox nor NPR can solve, because neither want to solve it, which is the polarization of American media. For a certain amount of marketing points of view, Fox actually wants to keep that polarization and say, look, we're different. We're dramatically different; you can see how we're different. And if you like that difference, you better come over here and you better stay here. That is an embedded part of the marketing that surrounded what happens at the news division at Fox that's been incredibly successful.

    Later, Garrett discussed Fox's reported decision to offer Williams a $2 million contract following his firing:

    GARRETT: I don't think it's any coincidence that the day it happened he got a huge contract at Fox, and Fox planted a flag in the ground saying he's ours, he's going to stay ours, and if you are outraged, this is where you need to be. That is an embedded part of Roger Ailes' DNA.

    Garrett's comments that Fox "wants to keep that polarization" in the media essentially back up what Fox News VP Bill Shine said in March 2009 - that Fox is the "voice of opposition" in the media.

  • Major Garrett: "Fox is entitled to the seat" once occupied by Helen Thomas

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    As TVNewser notes, Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett appeared on Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade's radio show (yes, that Brian Kilmeade) where he discussed his upcoming stint as guest-host of Fox News Sunday and how his employer is "entitled" to Helen Thomas' old front row seat in the White House press briefing room:

    He told Fox & Friends co-anchor Brian Kilmeade on Kilmeade's radio show: "It's rare when you've never anchored a second on the Fox network that they put you in the chair on Fox News Sunday. Obviously someone drank some bad water."

    Kilmeade also asked Garrett whether he's going to get Helen Thomas' front row briefing room seat.

    Helen Thomas' seat is vacant. It's a decision that will be made by the elected leadership of the White House correspondents association. That election is going on now, the ballots will soon be counted. The board will be newly constituted and the board will take a vote. And I believe by every measure, by every standard of precedent, history, time in job, dedication to the beat, paying all the things that we do as a member of the pool that covers the White House and the president, all presidents, Fox deserves the seat, Fox is entitled to the seat. And I believe justice will be done and Fox will get the seat.

    Two things come to mind reading Garrett's comments. First, he better not let Glenn Beck hear him talking about "justice." Second, it's interesting that he makes the contention that Fox News "deserves" and is "entitled" to the seat during a conversation with Kilmeade about his guest-host stint for Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

    If we needed even more examples of why Fox News shouldn't be allowed in the front row, I suppose Kilmeade, Wallace and Fox News Sunday fit the bill. Just look at some recent research on those three and tell me if you think the right-wing network deserves the seat:

    Kilmeade:

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  • Why won't Major Garrett tell viewers that Republican Sen. Bennett refuted the Matheson smear?

    Blog ››› ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN

    Since last night, Major Garrett's Fox News colleagues have been pushing the completely baseless allegation that President Obama nominated Scott Matheson for the court of appeals in order to buy the vote of Matheson's brother, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), on health care reform.

    Tonight on Special Report, Garrett portrayed the issue as a he-said/she-said controversy rather than the evidence-free smear that it is. Garrett said: "A senior administration official tells Fox, Matheson -- the circuit court, the appellate court nominee -- has been vetted for many months and calls Republican charges of an effort to switch Matheson the lawmaker's vote on health care, quote, 'stupid.' "

    What Garrett didn't bother to tell his viewers, however, is that the White House isn't the only source rejecting the "Republican charges." According to Politico, a spokesperson for Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah said the exact same thing:

    The [White House] official said that Scott Matheson was nominated with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch's support. Indeed, Hatch put out a statement hailing Obama's selection of the Utahan calling Matheson "a bright attorney whose experience has prepared him for judicial service."

    And fellow Republican Utah Sen. Bob Bennett also rejected the notion that Obama was using Scott Matheson's nomination as leverage.

    "Sen. Bennett has heard of all kinds of pressure being applied and offers being made to Democrats for votes on health care, but Scott Matheson's nomination is not one of those because it has been in the works for a long time," spokeswoman Tara DiJulio said.

    And with that, it appears Utah's two Republican senators cut the legs out from under the shady-deal meme Republicans like Bachmann were hoping to build.

  • Garrett presents Obama's rebuttal of GOP health care falsehoods as he-said/he-said

    ››› ››› BROOKE OBIE

    Fox News' Major Garrett presented President Obama disagreeing with Sen. Lamar Alexander's falsehood that under the Senate health care bill "premiums go up because of the government mandate" and Rep. Paul Ryan's falsehood that the Senate bill "does not ... reduce the deficit" as a he-said, he-said debate. But the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) supports Obama on both points.