Accuracy in Media

A new analysis of President Obama’s press conferences during his first term shows that he clearly favored the mainstream media over Fox News by a fairly wide margin.

fox-news-logoThe Smart Politics analysis was conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Eric Ostermeier and covered the 36 solo press conferences Obama held during his first four years in office.

Fox, which was once referred to as the research arm of the Republican Party by former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, was called on less than half as much as ABC News.

ABC News, which was called on 29 times, was followed closely by CBS with 28, the AP with 27, NBC with 26, Bloomberg with 20, Reuters with 17 and CNN and The New York Times were tied with 16. Fox was ninth with just 14 opportunities to quiz the President.

When it comes to looking at individual reporters, Fox fares a little better, ranking sixth, but it badly trails the better known reporters from the mainstream media. Chuck Todd and former ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper topped the list with 23 questions each. By comparison, Fox’s Ed Henry asked just 9 questions.

The results of this analysis not only confirm Obama’s disdain for Fox News, but also his strategy of avoiding the tough questions as much as possible.


  • fedupMan

    He gets real questions from real news people. The fluff MSMedia give him what they want, softballs with ZERO follow ups.

  • usnavy83

    That is because they will ask questions the MSM SHOULD ask.

  • Yes, its hell to be pinned down on anything. If you can’t slant your media, just refuse to talk to them

  • chocopot

    Another brain-dead Leftie. Did you ever wonder, in your infinite wisdom, why more people watch Foix News than the next three most popular networks combined? Because, dummy, they are the only network that even attempts to provide the real news, not fabricated left-wing garbage, not half the story so it can be slanted, and not ignoring ‘inconvenient’ events/stories because they happen to contradict the left-wing agenda. That’s why, dummy.

  • chocopot

    And I suppose you watch CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC and think that’s the real news? As for the comment about no one of any intelligence believing Fox, well, I take that from where it comes: obviously another product of our educational system who can’t tell up from down or left from right.

  • drewsco

    The fact that you consider such a fallacy as the reason FOX news to be credible illustrates the type of simple-minded viewers they attract.
    Just because they are popular doesn’t mean they are more credible……think! use your brain

  • chocopot

    While Fox News has its faults, it is far more accurate and provides information far closer to reality than the left-wing propaganda pushed by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and the other so-called news stations. And my brain is working just fine, thank you.