Obama to be Interviewed by Fox's Bret Baier on Healthcare 6 pmEST
President will take healthcare reform questions on Fox Network tonight
With healthcare reform in the eleventh hour, the Whitehouse is scrapping its Fox News boycott and opting for President Obama to be interviewed on Fox News by Bret Baier tonight, at 6 pm EST.
It is wondered if this can actually sway Congressional votes, but it is clear that the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops in an effort to have their bill pass.
Democratic strategists and analysts have noted that the President has nothing to lose by foraying into the right-leaning conservative domain.
Obama is happy to explain why healthcare reform is important to the viewers of Fox, and in the 2008 election he won the majority of independent voters and a great deal of the conservative vote as well.
A public policy center at the University of Pennsylvania has noted that by reaching out to all venues, the President is showing his belief in the necessity of the reform.
Long-standing Feud between Fox News and Obama Whitehouse
Last year, the media made much of the "Fox v Obama Whitehouse wars", with anti-Obama rhetoric said to have made the Administration slam back by calling Fox "anything but fair and balanced, and not a valid news network". Some Democrats asserted that the Fox Network has a "news war" against the Administration.
Fox, they says, had an agenda to stir up as much controversy over all Obama appointees as was possible, so that GOP members would comment, generating further media coverage.
Moreover, they charged that many statements made in political commentary by Fox pundits were blatantly misinformed and false.
Obama aides said that this generating of public opinion by misinformation rhetoric caused the administration to "toughen its stance" against the network, and challenge its claim to be "fair and balanced".
Certainly, Fox has spent an inordinate amount of its hours slamming the present Administration, and one can only wonder what will be gained by tonight's interview.
Democratic strategists suggest that Obama has nothing to lose by trolling for support in unlikely places, as the Democratic leadership in Congress seeks to round up votes for the moment of truth later this week.
“My attitude is, you reach out, and then you do what you gotta do,” says Democratic consultant Peter Fenn.