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Published: Monday, Feb. 3 2014 11:20 a.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

How 'relevant' was it supposed to be? Fox, among others, make stuff up; the president called them on it. Nobodys' mind will be changed on either side of any issues.

1covey
Salt Lake City, UT

The future? "Past is prologue" saith the Bard.

FT
salt lake city, UT

It was Superbowl Sunday and BO was just checking the box. Knowing that Fox viewers and the political talking heads were the only ones watching or interested, Bill O'Reily used the opportunity to promote his image. It reminded me of the interview Dan Rather did of George Bush when he tried to create news instead of report it. The main street media reporting today is nothing more than politcal theater and a total waste of time unless you're a political junkie.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Obama didn't provide any answers, just arrogantly expressed his irritation about being asked the questions! No accountability whatsoever on the IRS abuses, Benghazi cover-ups, the Obamacare lies, just implying that because O'Reilly asked these questions, O'Reilly is the problem not the scandals. How dare you ask me questions about my leadership failures? Fox News should be congratulated on doing what real journalists used to do, hold politicians accountable. If Richard Nixon had been a Democrat, there would never have been an investigation and Watergate would have been swept under the rug!

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

How relevant? 1 to 0. 0

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Obama was being himself---blame, blame, and more blame

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

It just demonstrated contrasting world views. But you republicans should quit on the IRS and Benghazi. They are both losing issues that just make you look desperate.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Mike. On a recent talk show, esteemed guest Nancy Pelosi was asked by John Stewart about the Obamacare disaster and her answer was, "I don't know, I am not responsible"! Is that a beautiful example of desperation and unaccountability or what? So very predicable and typical of the left! Its always someone else's fault, always! You liberals are going to get a real surprise in the November mid-terms!

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

I think the President tried to answer the questions but between O'Riley continually interrupting and putting words in his mouth he was not able to.

Besides that, how do you get answers for the questions asked in a five minute interview? The questions were not simple nor are the answers. What? You were expecting a coherent answer on Benghazi in less than a minute? Come on, get real!

Clearly this was an opportunity for O'Riley/Fox to go on the offensive and make something out of nothing or try drudge up a past situation that has been explained over and over again. I'm just surprised Hannity did not want in on the deal.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Meanwhile, here is the latest PPP poll regarding trustworthiness of broadcast/cable news sources when tested individually:

Most Trusted/Least Trusted:

PBS – 57%/24%
Fox News – 44%/42%
CNN – 40%/40%
CBS – 39%/37%
NBC – 39%/39%
ABC – 37%/38%
MSNBC – 34%/44%
Comedy Central – 29%/38%

As usual, the majority of Republicans view Fox News as their most trusted news source and the majority of Democrats viewed Fox News as their least trusted source. Interestingly, MSNBC among Democrats did not score very well.

I believe that pretty much all comments posted about Fox News reflect that divergence based upon their reactive political persuasion and not upon whatever objectivity they may still have within their bones.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

"On a recent talk show, esteemed guest Nancy Pelosi was asked by John Stewart about the Obamacare disaster and her answer was, 'I don't know, I am not responsible'"

Now now Mountainman lets not make things up. Stewart asked Pelosi about the WEBSITE. Pelosi, in fact, was not responsible for setting up and getting the website running. She's not a programmer. Why WOULD she know why the website had issues at rollout?

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

No accountability, shifting blame, lying. So did one expect anything differently? He's become an expert at it, and some people buy it. That's why we are in such a mess right now!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@isrred. Nice try but your of in the realm of semantics. The roll out, as everyone knows, is the least of Obamacare's problems but nevertheless. When asked why the government could not hire an organization to execute on the Obamacare website competently Pelosi incredibly answered that she didn’t know, she isn't responsible. Stewart couldn’t handle that response and lost it, laughing hysterically at the Minority Leader.
So, I ask you, who's fault is it? No, wait, let me guess.... since no Democrats is responsible for this mess,its GWB's fault! Of course it is!

DRay
Roy, UT

Nancy Pelosi encouraged lawmakers to vote for Obamacare, and read it later. She, as many of those who voted for it, still do not understand how it is going to work. She is responsible, it is her fault, everything that Obamacare is struggling with are things that were not thought through or worked out before it was passed. She didn't care.

An American Ambassador is dead under the President's watch...that is irrelevant? Right afterward he went off to Vegas for a fundraiser, his re-election be more important than dong his job. The past is prelude to the future. We deserve answers, we have received only deflection.

Of course there is an agenda with Fox-News, but they are more open, ask more questions, do not go along with cover-ups so much as other news media do. Perhaps respect for this President mirrors his respect for Americans...such that he admittedly lied to us many times...that is not respect, nor deserving of our respect. Not telling the truth, or hiding it, that shows disrespect.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Did y'all see the same interview I did? Because I thought O'Reilly embarrassed himself.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Is it easy from the cheap seats folks?

How many times does the President have to take responsibility for the Roll Out? Pelosi dose not need to answer for him, he already has with a "I was wrong". He took responsibility for his administration and guess what? He fixed it. How come that hasn't made news? You know the million + that have signed up for insurance online? I'm also curious, have any of you who seem to believe the ACA is riddled with problems ever read the bill? Can you say with certainly that you know what the problems of ACA are? Or are you taking someone else's word for it?

D Ray, I don't put too much faith in a News Agency who's most popular reporter (Sean Hannity) boldly proclaimed Obama hated children with Cancer because he allowed the Government Shutdown. Fox has an agenda all right and it's not to expose the truth it's to create fear.

I am positive all you haters would never make a mistake as President. My only question is why haven't any of you run yet?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

How do you take responsibility for a scandal and a cover up that didn't exist?

Absolutely no IRS scandal after over a year of hearings and investigations. In fact liberals were denied classification and conservatives were not.

Bengazhi..no cover up after a year and a half of investigations both official and private. Everyone admits there were things that could have been done to help prevent tragedy. All reports confirm help was not denied, and the record is clear the President used the word terrorist the very next day (ask Mitt Romney about that).

Even if Susan Rice says it was because of the video (which most reports say accounts for the crowd), what in the world is she covering up?

Yea the President didn't take responsibility on Sunday because there was nothing to take responsibility for. It was all right wing puff.

merich39
Salt Lake City, UT

I was waiting for O'Reilly to ask Obama about "Umbrella-gate". Surely everyone here remembers Umbrella-gate since it was the lead story on Fox's web site for at least two days. The fact is that Fox News makes every effort possible to manufacture Obama scandals, with Umbrella-gate being just one example.

I've heard people defend Fox with the assertion that MSNBC and other news sources are extremely liberally biased. Well, that may or may not be. But some other news sources liberal reporting certainly does not make Fox centrist nor unbiased. And anyone with a grasp of reality knows that Fox is not centrist or unbiased.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

So how did O'Reilly embarrass himself? He just asked some tough and honest questions many people would like answered. Every journalist has bias, O'Reilly included. When he agreed to go on the show, did the President think he was going to be asked his Super Bowl choice and what his favorite color was? Come on now...

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Benghazi.

OReilly made it clear that the real issue for Republicans is how it affected the election.
Not one question about what we can do different in the future to keep this from happening again. Not one comment on improving security.

It is 100% about how it affected the election. They lipservice about "4 dead Americans" is clearly not the issue for the GOP.

So, it everything revolves around what Obama, and Susan Rice said FOLLOWING the attacks.

The right wing is so intent on finding and external blame for Obama winning a second time, they embarrass themselves.

Had Obama come right out and said "this was a coordinated Terrorist attack", you think Romney would have won the election?

Really? I dont see it. If the narrative that 47% of the people automatically voted for Obama for FREE stuff, then Benghazi had no affect on the outcome.

So, concerning Benghazi, either concentrate on a way to prevent it in the future, or move on.

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