Chris Wallace interviewed Barack Obama Tuesday and asked the new president about unflattering comments he's made in the past concerning the Fox News Channel.
Obama's answer was rather telling:
I think it's fair to say that I don't always get my most favorable coverage on Fox, but I think that's part of how democracy is supposed to work. You know, we're not supposed to all be in lock step here..
Doesn't that suggest everybody other than Fox IS in lock step as far as Obama is concerned?
Watch the embedded video below the fold and decide for yourself (partial transcript included, h/t TVNewser):
CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Let me throw another one at you and you tell me whether this is an exact quote. You were widely quoted, when you met with the House GOP caucus saying, go ahead, (inaudible) I'll watch Fox News and feel bad about myself.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: That one I did say.
WALLACE: Is perhaps -- let me just raise the possibility -- are you a trifle thin-skinned?
OBAMA: No, no, no. I said it in good humor. I think everybody understood that that was a joke.
No, I think, Chris -- I think it's fair to say that I don't always get my most favorable coverage on Fox, but I think that's part of how democracy is supposed to work. You know, we're not supposed to all be in lock step here, and you've always been very gracious to me and...
WALLACE: ... improves or hurts my stock at Fox.
OBAMA: But they heard it.
Fascinating. Shouldn't we conclude from this that Obama is quite aware that every other media outlet is in lock step with him?
Isn't that rather frightening?
After all, it's one thing for press members to be completely in the tank for an elected official let alone the most powerful man on the planet.
However, doesn't said official have unlimited power if he not only knows this to be the case, but is willing to admit it?
Be afraid, America. Be VERY afraid.