This Week in Conservative Media
If Obama was trying to make his case for health care to conservatives, he didn’t impress. Today the conservative blogosphere has been picking apart his interview, even if they’re being drowned out by a favorable CBO report boosting support for Obama’s push for reform.
National Review Online’s Seth Leibsohn writes that Baier’s interview was the best of any reporter in a year. “It was a model of how not to be cowed by a strong and charismatic leader and a model of a truly independent anchor/reporter. President Obama knew he didn’t have Bret at the very end when his last effort at victimhood was to sarcastically hang his head to the side in response to Bret’s saying he didn’t mean to interrupt, as if Bret were being insincere—which he wasn’t. Anyone who watches the interview can see who was stalling, who was running the clock, who was refusing to answer the questions, and why polite interruption was exactly what was needed. It was a model. If any of the MSM can watch it and conclude anything it is that FNC deserves a) its ratings and b) kudos for being truly independent from the herd of faux independent minds, the likes of which Howell Raines seems to esteem. Bret showed the rest of the press how to do it from now on.”
Riehl World View goes one step further with a piece titled “Obambi’s Bottom Baiered on Fox News”: “Barack Obama was just one mindless platitude after another. He can't, or won't answer the real questions, and, as always, can't deal with being challenged without getting snippy. Obama's bad policies, poor temperament and willingness to mislead, avoid, distract and demagogue when he can take center stage in his interview with Bret Baier.”
Andrew Zarowny on RightPundits.com writes that people could be jailed for failing to purchase health insurance (although that question was dealt with last November) and that Baier should have pressed Obama on the penalties for failing to buy health care, saying “plenty of unknowns were left unasked.”
“America is going to wake up Sunday morning, and find out that we’ve been clipped, dipped and ripped once again by a White House and Congress that simply has not a single clue of what they are doing. The Media’s reaction to Baier and Fox News over the Obama health care interview will be nothing compared to the primal screams we’ll be hearing shortly from the citizens of our country.”
Sounds like Zarowny is pretty sure we’ll have a new kind of health care in this country come Sunday.