While promoting her new book “The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech,” self-proclaimed liberal Kirsten Powers took a swipe at President Obama for his treatment of Fox News.
Stuart Jones of the American Enterprise Institute spoke with the Fox News contributor on his “Banter” podcast about the reasoning behind the book. When he asked Powers whether the “silencing” she references has been a gradual effort, or if it’s been limited to several specific incidents, she responded:
“It’s been gradual. It started out with the administration’s, what I call ‘War on Fox News.’ When they started saying Fox News is not a legitimate organization, and started this really concerted campaign to delegitimize a news organization. That was the first time where I went, ‘Hmm, this doesn’t seem right.’ You know, something is a little off here.”
Powers then noted how much that disturbed her:
“This isn’t really the role of the government. It isn’t really something the White House should be lending its stature to, and the fact that they were unable–as you remember I voted for Obama, and he was very popular when he first came in. And the media was completely enthralled by him.
So the idea you couldn’t have one media outlet that wasn’t on board–to me was chilling. It was like, ‘Wow, you need everybody worshipping you.’ So that was concerning.”
With eerily perfect timing, speaking at a poverty forum at Georgetown University on Tuesday, President Obama slammed Fox News:
“I have to say, if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it’s a constant menu. They will find folks that make me mad. I don’t know where they find them.
They’re all like, ‘I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone,’ or whatever. That becomes a narrative that gets worked up.”