The women of The View on Friday took on the subject of bias in the media. Unsurprisingly, their complaints were attacks against Barack Obama and the culprit was Fox News. Co-host Rosie Perez played a recent clip of the President slamming Fox as distorting the truth about those who abuse entitlements.
Perez spun this as "...What he's saying is, you know, Fox News is prejudiced against the poor." Returning guest host Joy Behar cited the liberal PolitiFact as a source on bias:
JOY BEHAR: I was reading that Politifact, which is one of these, you know, "your nose is growing" organization that decides see if you're lying. Fact checker. They say Fox is 60 percent lies -- but MSNBC, 44 percent and CNN, no, 44 percent. Yeah, and CNN has the best record of all three.
A partial transcript is below:
ROSIE PEREZ: Someone who is taking lot of blame right now is President Obama. He is slamming the news media for the way they bring America the news and guess which network he singled out.
JOY BEHAR: Gee, I wonder which one.
BARACK OBAMA: Watch Fox News on a regular basis. It is a constant menu. They will find, like, folks who make me mad. I don't know where they find them. They are like, "I don't want to work. I just want a free Obama phone or whatever." And that becomes an entire narrative.
PEREZ: It's great. You know, basically what he's saying is, you know, Fox News is prejudiced against the poor. You know, what do you guys think?
BRITTANY SNOW: Well, no president can be in charge of the news. I mean, it's a First Amendment, freedom of speech. I mean, it's --
RAVEN SYMONE: But I don't think he's trying to be in charge of the news. I think he's telling the audience and people at Fox News.
SNOW: He has time to watch Fox News and he's very interested so over -- I don't know. I don't think so.
BEHAR: I was reading that Politifact, which is one of these, you know, "your nose is growing" organization that decides see if you're lying. Fact checker. They say Fox is 60 percent lies -- but MSNBC, 44 percent and CNN, no, 44 percent. Yeah, and CNN has the best record of all three.
NICOLLE WALLACE: Here's the thing -- [ applause ] When George W. Bush was president, hosts on MSNBC who said the worst terrorists in the world were the people running the American government.
JOY BEHAR: Who said that?
WALLACE: Keith Olbermann said that on primetime on MSNBC. .
BEHAR: Oh. Well, where is he now?
WALLACE: Exactly. There's, you know, both sides of the ideological spectrum have their own networks but a president should be above that. I actually think -- if you held a gun to George W. Bush's head he couldn't name a single MSNBC anchor. He probably still can't.
BEHAR: Can he use the remote, you think?
WALLACE: He's pretty good with the remote. But I'm just saying, it is beneath the presidency to comment on cable news.