The hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends seem to believe that President Obama’s frequent use of the word “unprecedented” could be big political trouble for the White House.
Echoing a Politico article that one media watchdog described as a “dreamed up” attack on the president, Fox reported that President Barack Obama has reportedly used the five-syllable, Latin-derived word 129 times since taking office, to describe everything from the economic crisis to health care reform and Afghanistan policy.
That’s too much, say the hosts Fox News’ Fox & Friends.
“Is it a problem using the word so many times?” asked co-host Gretchen Carlson. “Is it always true? Will that cause trouble for the president?”
Last week, Politico published an analysis showing that Obama has already reached the half-way mark to beating President George W. Bush’s use of the word “unprecedented” — 262 times in eight years.
“The Obama White House is addicted to the “unprecedented,'” reporter Carol E. Lee quipped.
Eric Boehlert at media watchdog Media Matters issued a scathing criticism of the Politico article, calling it a “dreamed up” attack against Obama that indicates Politico is “just a GOP bulletin board.” Boehlert wrote:
Former Bushies have been privately mocking the White House for its use of “unprecedented.” And then what do you know, Politico turns around the[n publicly] mocks the White House for its use of “unprecedented.” And who does Politico quote for sources in its story? Former Bushies, like ex-flak Karen Hughes.
That’s how Beltway journalism works. Conservatives dream up attacks on Obama and then get journalists to treat the attacks as news, regardless of how absurd.
On Fox News Monday morning, former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino didn’t see the issue as a big deal.
“It’s the first year of a new presidency, and they’re trying to establish a lot of groundwork,” Perino said, but “one of the things I learned in journalism school is you rarely use the word unprecedented, because chances are something like that has been done before.”
Perino added: “I bet they tone it down just a little bit at the White House from here on.”
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 30, 2009.
Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."
It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.
The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.
The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.
Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank
Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.
The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.
Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.
Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.
Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns
Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.
In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."