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In an interview with Dateline NBC on Friday, President Obama continued to blame Rush Limbaugh and Fox News for his administration’s failures:

“Well, what is true is the ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base, helped along by folks like Rush Limbaugh, some commentators on Fox News I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans for cooperating with me — that hothouse of back-and-forth argument and really sharp partisanship, I think, has been harmful to the country.”

On Monday, Limbaugh responded to Obama’s attack:

“It’s kind of a crock here for the guy to blame me for partisanship in Washington. I’m never there. I’m a guy on the radio. Admittedly, a powerful, influential member of the media guy on the radio. But nevertheless I’m not there. But the noteworthy thing here is how he exempts himself from any of the reasons for partisanship.”

This isn’t the first time Obama has blamed Fox News and Limbaugh for his failures.

In September, Obama said that Clinton’s election loss was due in part to having “Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.”

In November, Obama blamed them for “churning out misinformation” about the election:

“If all you’re doing is watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh and reading some of the blogs that are churning out a lot of misinformation on a regular basis, then it’s very hard for you to think that you’re going to vote for somebody who you’ve been told is taking the country in the wrong direction.”

Then, last month in an interview with the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, Obama blamed Fox News and Limbaugh for creating a “fictional character named Barack Obama” that they use to create a negative image of him with the public, which responds accordingly:

“They’re responding to a fictional character named Barack Obama who they see on Fox News, or who they hear about through Rush Limbaugh.”

Obama likes to blame Fox News and Limbaugh because they are big targets, and attacking them is a popular liberal pastime. While that may play well to his liberal following, all it does is remind the public of his inability to accept blame for his failures, and his penchant for passing the buck.

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