President Barack Obama during an interview last week with the left-leaning publication The New Republic said that Fox News and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh are to blame for Washington gridlock.
“Well, look, I’ve always believed that there are a bunch of Republicans of goodwill who would rather get something done than suffer through the sort of nasty atmosphere that prevails in Washington right now,” said the president.
“And I think if you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while, they long for the days when they could socialize and introduce bipartisan legislation and feel productive.
“One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he added.
Naturally, Limbaugh wasn’t going to take this sitting down.
“I think, folks, the president, he’s just probably trying to goad me into saying something extreme, like that would ever happen,” Limbaugh said on his show Monday. “I’m gonna tell you, folks, I am not paid enough. If Fox News and I are the only thing keeping the Republicans from caving to Barack Obama on every issue, I’m not paid enough.”
“I know what’s going on here. I know Obama. He’s trying to goad me into saying something extreme, like that would ever happen, so that he can kick off a new boycott or secondary boycott.
“So in an interview with the New Republic, rather than be focused on the employment situation or the debt circumstance, or whatever other problems, the only big problems that Obama has are Fox News and me,” the conservative host added.
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(H/T: Daily Rushbo)