White House chief of staff Bill Daley said there are members of the media who do "carry the water" for a certain political party -- but for Republicans, not Democrats.
In an interview with CNBC's John Harwood on Friday, Daley didn't name a particular network, but in the context of the conversation the implication was clear he meant Fox News and the GOP.
"Yesterday at a press conference one of my colleagues asked the president to respond to something Mitt Romney said," Harwood said to Daley. "The president said, 'I didn't realize you were a spokesman for Mitt Romney.' Is the White House — you -- feeling — the president feeling under siege from events right now?"
Daley responded that the president has been fighting to fix the economy and defend the middle class, the real ones, he said, who have been "under siege."
Harwood asked, "Why would the president respond that way to a reporter, though?"
"I don't think it was a colleague from your network," Daley said, "but a colleague from another network."
He continued, "And — sometimes as you — I know it may surprise people, some people that there are certain people in the media who do seem at times to carry the water for certain — piece of the political spectrum."
Watch the exchange below, via CNBC: