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'Fox News Sunday' asks: Where's Obama?

For the presidential candidates, appearing on the Sunday talk shows and submitting to professional interrogation is an important part of the job description.

Voters tune in to see how they handle grillings by Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday," George Stephanopoulos of ABC's "This Week," Tim Russert of NBC's "Meet the Press," Bob Schieffer of CBS' "Face the Nation" and Wolf Blitzer of CNN's "Late Edition."  (Last September, in an indication that she was either supremely confident or, perhaps, a glutton for punishment, Hillary Clinton hit for the cycle, appearing on all five shows in one morning.)

But Wallace indicated Sunday that he isn't feeling the love from at least one White House hopeful.  (Some Democrats don't consider Fox News friendly territory, ...

just as many Republicans -- and even Obama supporters -- call CNN the "Clinton News Network." ) So at the end of today's program, he introduced "the first in what will be a weekly update on Barack Obama."

"Many of you have sent us e-mails asking why the senator won't come on 'Fox News Sunday' and face tough questioning like every other candidate, including, repeatedly, Hillary Clinton," Wallace said.  "Back in March of 2006, I met with Obama, and he promised me, face to face, he would come on this program.  But so far, he has not.

"Well, as of today, we are starting our 'Obama Watch,' " Wallace continued, as the screen showed a ticking digital clock like the one on the Fox show "24" -- complete with "24"-like sound effects.  "It has now been 730 days, 13 hours, 53 minutes and nine -- no, 10 seconds and counting since Obama agreed to be a guest on 'Fox News Sunday.'

"Senator, when are you coming on?"

Asked about Wallace's remarks, campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to get into the details of the candidate's television appearances, other than to say: "Sen. Obama did an interview with Fox News as recently as Friday.”

Tune in next week.

-- Leslie Hoffecker

 
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This Obama clock ticking on the screen is just as stupid as Rush using a clock counting down to the global warming tipping point on his web site. Typical GOP-FOX-RUSH sewage...

Why should he go on FAUX News, they are the most unrelenting, right wing attack dogs in the news media. Give me a break, Chris Wallace, you are such an egotistical man. Obama has been on Fox and Friends and he just appeared with Major Garrett. If I were him, I would not go on the network PERIOD. They are a disgrace. The day they finally become "Fair and Balanced' is the day I have more money than Bill Gates and Oprah combined. Except for Geraldo, that network is biased beyond belief.


(Might make a good platform to start practicing the uniting not dividing part of his platform. He says he wants to work with both parties.)

Why should Obama avoid Chris Wallace even if Fox is conservative? Republicans routinely appear on CNN and MSNBC which even the most casual observer can perceive as liberal. Obama can certainly handle himself at least as well as Hillary... or can he?

He already went on Fox news a couple of days ago. He has been all over the networks. Get over it Fox. I saw the Fox interview and it was laughable. They treated him like a criminal. The guy was interrogating him by asking him what he called "set the stage" questions and the questions sounded like a prosecution lawyer and a defendent. Finally Obama just laughed at the guy and I didn't blame him.

The way I see it if you want to be a president, you are going to have to get use to the scrutiny!

The old proverbrial saying is if the kitchen is to hot get out and let the experience ones handle it!


But I am going to ask Fox to give him a pillow and a lollipop to boot. Got to make him feel comfortable.

Guess Obama just does not have the intestinal fortitude that Hillary has.

Fox news is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who as is own agenda. News-corp is the most right-wing news organisation in the world, I have now for years watched BBC America, its one of the few news company's that does not take sides and reports the facts. I learnt the true story of Iraq, by watching a reporter called John Simpson reporting from there. You have to ask yourself, which other news organisation would give Shaun Hannity airtime, apart from one in China. When you watch Fox news , its like they are reporting from another planet on Iraq. I would not blame Obama if he refuses to appear on that propaganda Chanel. I feel ashamed that I was taken in by FOX for many years, thank god for the BBC. I can now vote , based on facts.

If my fellow Americans are stupid enough to watch fox , then our country is in deeper trouble than ever.

Mr. Obama does not need to appear on your network as biased as you have been toward him. You need to start digging into the upcoming court dates that Hillary Clinton has going on in California.
Why are you all trying to distract from the condition of the economy and the really important things going on in our country?
Why aren't you all dealing with the hate spude lips of John Hagee and Rod Parsley that John McCain is trying to get in bed with?

Bo has avoided the press from day 1
He ahas dodged any questions that require direct answers
Look how he handled questions from the press not too long ago-He said Look I already answered like 8 questions and walked off
His appearance last fri was simply to try to wash away the horrid ideals of his close friend and spiritual leader wright
BO has dodged the media but what happens if he is the nominee does he continue this hiding from reality?
Oh poor BO fox is hard on him!
Without a teleprompter in front of him he is lost
The stuttering and searching for answers begins and he doesnt want the people to see that
He in no way last fri had any intentions of distacing himself from wright or the church that beleives his words
He made that very clear
Bo&MO are probably having dinner with wright now
BO is nothing more than a con man who beleives Americans are dumb and will follow him any where

I watched his interview with Major Garrett and it sounded like an interrogation. I noticed Senator Obama suppress laughter at one point. He handled himself well and I am sure he could handle Chris Wallace just as well. There is not alot of independent thought on Fox News. What is the point of even watching when you know exactly what slant everyone of those on your station will take. It is really a joke. Now you have the Wright controversy that you will use to hammer Obama out of the race. People are ready to move on now. If you are so fair and balanced give a full report of the Trinity Church and more coverage of the minister and other speeches he has made not just the most inflammatory 30 second sound bites. The congregation has 8 thousand members why don't you find other members of the congregation and interview them or Oprah Winfrey she was a member. That sounds fair and balanced to me. At the very least find something that Obama has actually said that mirrors what reverend Wright says. Let these 2 men each speak for themselves. What you are doing here is flat wrong.I am a 50 year old upper middle class white republican who voted for President Bush twice. I support Obama more now than ever. I know other republicans in my demographic that still support him as well. He was raised by a white mother and grandparents and is not an angry racist. He is in the position to see both sides of the issue as well as both sides of Reverend Wright.This is something that you all are too lazy to even find out. It is simply lazy irresponsible journalism. You don't really do full investigative work you just spit out biased sound bites. Why should Obama go on Chris Wallace, in my view it is beneath his dignity.

All Americans need to boycott fox news, they are racists, Klu Klux Klansmen dressed in suits with robes with cut out peep eyes in pockets, I mean sheets. We are getting list of advertisers as I speak, enough is enough America put an end to this farce of a news cast, shame on you fox dogs

If I was Obama I'd ignore them too. Especially after the false madrassa reports and all the other garbage they tried to pull on him. Hey Fox Snooze here's a clue. YOU AREN'T THAT IMPORTANT! How's that for a news flash?

Try acting like a real news station insead of the yellow journalism tabloid republican mouth piece that you are.

People if we really want to put an end to the Fox News (if you can still call it news) lets do something about it. Obama has taught us as people one thing that a grass roots movement is stronger then the politics of yesterday and is the future of our country. He has also shown and proved that grass roots movements work effectively when we all make a real effort. Fox is doing a character assasination on Obama, so we boycott them from now on. Call your cable provider and block Fox from your channels. No more FOX. Please pass this along to everyone you know and lets get started and end this channel.

Why will he not go on the show with Chris Wallace? He was on another show and that takes care of his promises? Give me a break, if he were elected president what would his response be to the rest of the world? I was on your planet just last week????

Come on folks.....all of the networks have an agenda. Some lean left, some lean right. I don't begrudge the right for finally having a news network that asks the questions or tells the news from a different perspective.
Fox is still the number one watched news network in the country.
While I don't care for the **news** shows like Hannity/Combs or O'Reilley, I do have a lot of respect for their actual news division. Wallace's show and Brit Humes daily show are top notch and many, many Liberal Democrats fight to be guests on Wallace's show. They know the audience is huge and if you want to sway people you have to engage them.
I have far more respect for any politician who is willing to take his or her idea's to ANY of the news shows, be they CNN, or MSNBC, ABC, CBS, or Nbc or FOX.....it shows they aren't afraid to be questioned or their idea's scrutinized.
Clinton is tight with the media but she knows she's good in that format, so she goes, Obama is even tighter with the media, but he only goes where he knows it will fluff or no hard questions. McCain is the most open of all, he will talk for hours with reporters, no rules, all on the record.....you can do that when most of what you say is the truth and you don't have to remember what little lie you told last interview on any subject.

Why would he? Fox is SO fair and balance, he, he, I don't blame him at all, Fox is good at degrading people. I think Obama Watch is so childish, I expected more from Chris Wallace than a childs game he is playing. I wonder if he actually has a degree in journalism, it sounds to me he has a degree in child's play.

SOMEONE ASKED WHY HE SHOULD GO ON, WELL FOR ONE, HE PROMISED, TWO, EVEN CLINTON HAS BEEN ON, SO WHY NOT? I THINK HE IS JUST PLAIN SCARED! THE OTHER NEWS SHOWS DO NOT ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS LIKE FOX. GOOD JOB FOX! HE WILL NOT BE ON FOX, WHY BECAUSE HE CAN NOT TALK ABOUT THE REAL ISSUES, CAUSE HE DOES NOT HAVE SOLUTIONS, PERIOD. HE TALKS PRETTY BUT HAS NO SOLID FOUNDATION. PLUS HIS VOTING RECORD IS THE WORST, AND HIS LIES, NOT TO MENTION ALL THE HATE!

Grow up people, what to be President he can not answer questions? Give me a break! MSNBC, NBC are the worst reporting news! Do you think democrat? Do you think Obama? GOOD LORD! I Started watching Fox and Cnn and Headline news weeks ago, guess what they are good at news coverage. Him as president, all that HATE? He is the worst person running, COME ON AMERICA SHOW THAT WE ARE NOT BLIND OR DUMB!

I HAVE ONE QUESTION, WHY ARE SO MANY OF YOU WATCHING FOX IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT???????????!!!!!!!!!!!

biased? WHO ? OBAMA THATS WHO, ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-WHITE, YOU GOT IT, OBAMA! A MAN FULL OF HATE!
Obama said he knew Wright to occasionally be a fierce critic of U.S. policy and that the pastor sometimes made controversially remarks in church that he disagreed with, but he said he never heard Wright talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms. The comments that have become a source of debate recently "were not only wrong but divisive" and have raised questions among voters, he said.


FUNNY A FEW DAYS AGO HE SAID " HE DID NOT KNOW"?
Obama said he knew Wright to occasionally be a fierce critic of U.S. policy
SO TELL US OBAMA YOU DIDN'T KNOW OR YOU KNEW? OH THATS RIGHT AFTER YOUR SPEECH NO QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA OR ANYONE!
SO I TAKE THE COMMENTS WRIGHT MADE ABOUT THE US (911) YOU HEARD! GO ON FOX YOU HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO! WE VOTING AMERICANS WHAT TO KNOW.

I rarely laugh at comments, but i just couldn't resist. Yet another example of the failed educational system; Patty states, "COME ON AMERICA SHOW THAT WE ARE NOT BLIND OR DUMB!"........ Too late, you have already disproved yourself.

"BUT HAS NO SOLID FOUNDATION"......Prove it, and don't make a baseless comment yourself.

P.S
Patty, From reading the post about the Wright thing, did you ever see the actual thing? I wouldn't think so since you think he's a bad guy. Go to youtube.com and watch the entire sermon. I can't convince anyone, they do that themselves.


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