How can Fox News be labeled "destructive" and MSNBC considered "invaluable" by the White House?
That's the question CNN's John King was asking last night during a segment in which he pitted the "destructive" network against the "invaluable" one. By showing clips of both Fox and MSNBC hosts, King mocked Obama's recent comments that Fox is a "destructive" force while a White House spokesman said that MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow provide "an invaluable service" to the country:
But King didn't stop there -- he also used a May speech from "professor Obama," in which he encourages graduates to listen to dissenting voices, to point out more hypocrisy. Obama: "For if we choose only to expose ourselves to opinions and viewpoints that are in line with our own, studies suggest that we become more polarized, more set in our ways."
King responds, "I think he's right. In that commencement speech, he's right." And later added a sarcastic, "I'm shocked."
Like King, NewsBusters isn't buying the May rhetoric:
...[W]hat has come out of this White House in the past week is exactly how he feels, and that commencement address in May was just another in a never ending litany of campaign speeches Americans should take with a grain of salt. ...
Bravo, John. Bravo
Mediaite thinks it's a good move too:
It would do a smart move for King to try to establish himself as an objective observer in this battle between the Obama fans and foes, if for no other reason that it secures an identity for his program. ...
This could signal a new, potentially successful, direction on the John King, USA roadmap.