Fox News is a ‘’Republican news channel’’ that singlehandedly led to the traction that Donald Trump has made as a presidential candidate. These were the sentiments voiced by the American president, Barack Obama during an interview with Fox News Sunday.
The host of the show, Chris Wallace had asked of the president, if he felt he had been the cause for the irate supporters backing the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump and Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders.
“There’s no doubt that I feel frustrated about it,” the president said. “Number one, we’re still shell shocked from what happened in 2007-2008… People lost homes, lost jobs, lost life savings and they still don’t fully know how that happened and was the system fixed in a way they can have confidence in.”
Wallace was bemused at the fact that the head of state had not ‘’fixed that in eight years.’’ To this, Obama said, “The perception is going to be changing over time as people see results.” He added, “But — and this is the big but — nobody is going to be 100 percent satisfied in a democracy like ours with every outcome.”
He took a jibe at the media, noting, “And I think the danger both among Republicans and among Democrats who just listen to each other or they just listen to people that already agree with them — you know, Republicans have their own TV station,” Keen to have clarity, Wallace interrupted, ‘’Go ahead. You can say Fox News.’’
“They’ve got their own publications, their own blogs,” the president persisted. “Democrats, same thing. Increasingly what happens is, we don’t hear each other. And so what happens then is when Republicans promise to repeal Obamacare and it doesn’t get repealed, they’re outraged.”
Obama also made a point of the fact that the Democrats had been angered when their efforts to acquire a public health insurance choice in the Affordable Care Act were not realized.
“This can be our century just like the 20th century was as long as we don’t tear each other apart because our politics values sensationalism or conflict over cooperation,” Obama summed up. “If we get that part right, nobody can stop us.”