In the interview, Obama stressed that the media will play an important role in the upcoming budget negotiations. He said, "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."
On Monday's "Fox & Friends," co-host Brian Kilmeade responded to the president's statement. "He kicks off the next four years by saying that?" Kilmeade asked in an interview with Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. They ran a package consisting of multiple comments Obama has made about the network.
Fox News prime time host Greta Van Susteren also took to her blog to respond to Obama's claim. She wrote:
Apparently President Obama wants his usual media pass and Fox challenges his policies – which happens to be the media’s job.
Frankly, I think a far bigger part of the problem is the disintegration of relationships between politicians. It is also worth noting that President Obama has not developed relationships on Capitol Hill – note that he had to dispatch VP Biden to Capitol Hill for the recent tax debate because he does not have the relationships ... And do you know what else? Brace yourself for this one! Some Democrats have told me that they want to come on Fox to discuss issues but they get heat from their Leadership for appearing on Fox. Does President Obama know that? So which Party is intimidating its members?
According to TVNewser, outgoing Sec. of State Hillary Clinton granted an exit interview to Van Susteren.