On the other hand, care to 'splain this in that light?
Fox News' Chris Wallace not happy about White House snub (Video)
March 27, 2011 3:34 PM MST
Chris Wallace of Fox News was not happy about an inability to secure an interview with Secretary Clinton or Gates.
Today Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, expressed disgust at an apparent snub of his network from the Obama administration. Wallace was upset that the Obama administration refused to send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Defense Secretary Robert Gates for an interview on his show. Mrs. Clinton appeared on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Mr. Gates appeared on CBS' Face the Nation. Both Gates and Clinton appeared on NBC's Meet the Press. Wallace did not say if the Obama administration was willing to send any other Cabinet member or spokesperson, but either way he was clearly upset saying,
"Of course we wanted to get the White House view on Libya. However, they chose to offer Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Gates to ABC, CBS and NBC, but not to Fox. Despite the fact that we routinely have more viewers than two of those Sunday shows, the Obama team felt no need to explain to the millions of you who watch this program and Fox News why they have sent U.S. servicemen and women into combat. We thought you'd like to know."
In his statement, Wallace eqautes a snub of his show to a snub of millions of his viewers, an equation that the White House would surely refute. The Obama adminstration and Fox News have had a testy relationship before Obama even became President. The White House believes that Fox News actively pushed a narrative to paint the President as a socialist. When Glenn Beck called President Obama a "racist" with a "deep-seeded hatred for white people" it reportedly made some members of the White House extremely upset. Over the past week Fox News has frequently hosted GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to criticize the President's decision to intervene in Libya. Two weeks ago Gingrich criticized Obama for not intervening, but this week has criticized the President for intervening.
At various times the Obama administration has "fought back" by withholding interviews from Fox News. Still, President Obama has interviewed with Bret Baier of Fox News and granted an interview to Bill O'Reilly which aired before the Super Bowl. The White House has not responded to Wallace's statement at this time.