The White House is not backing down from President Obama’s comments criticizing Fox News.
During the White House Press Briefing today, Fox News reporter Kevin Corke brought up Obama’s comments.
“Yeah, I hope you didn’t take it personally,” Josh Earnest replied before adding, “Seems like you might have though.”
“Yeah, there’s that,” Corke replied.
“Wouldn’t be the first time,” added Earnest.
Corke asked if President Obama was criticizing the network because it was too critical of the president.
“That’s not at all what he said,” Earnest replied quickly, pointing out that Obama was merely trying to raise the level of the conversation about poverty.
“I’ll let the president’s comments stand for themselves,” Earnest said, adding that Obama talked about it “specifically.”
“He talked about it specifically and you can use his comments if that’s what you’d like to do,” Earnest concluded.
At Georgetown University, Obama said: “I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.”
Here is what Obama said about Fox News:
I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu — they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re like, I don’t want to work, I just want a free Obama phone or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up.