They say all is fair in love and war. Well, maybe we should add politics to that list the way things have been going in recent years.
Earlier today, during his first press conference of 2017, President-Elect Trump made headlines for refusing to take a question from CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta.
Trump also called CNN “fake news” several times during the press conference for their reporting unsubstantiated claims about alleged blackmail material Russian intelligence officers possessed on Trump including sexual and financial indiscretions.
Here is video of the incident, as posted to Twitter by CNN:
— CNN (@CNN) January 11, 2017
The allegations were first published on Buzzfeed whose editor did acknowledge the organization was not able to verify any of the claims.
Media pundits and Trump’s political opponents were quick to criticize the President-Elect for his treatment of an active news organization during a press conference. However, it seems some people have forgotten President Obama’s treatment of Fox News during his tenure in the Oval Office.
During a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, the President said:
“I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it’s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.”
During a 2013 speech President Obama said:
“There’s a reason fewer are running against Obamacare, because while good, affordable health care might still be a fanged threat to freedom on Fox News, it’s working pretty well in the real world.”
Most recently (less than 60 days ago) the President blamed Fox News for Democrats overwhelming national election losses in both 2012 and 2016:
Indeed, it looks like criticizing press outlets that present opposing stories to your administration is par for the course for recent Presidents. If there is going to be this level of outrage when Donald Trump does it, shouldn’t we equally criticize President Obama for doing the same thing for the last eight years to a different cable news network?
h/t Daily Caller