Update at bottom: MSNBC turns off Obama after he says turn TV off; FOX cuts off for 3rd time
For the second time in less than a week, Fox News on Tuesday cut away from a live broadcast of a presidential address to air comments from a critic of President Obama.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, the president laid out his argument that health care reform would actually save the government money in the long term by reducing health care costs.
“Well there you have it, a rather long answer to a question about health care from a recovering cancer patient,” said Fox News host Megyn Kelley, before introducing Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News contributor and critic of the president’s health care reform agenda.
Fox took some criticism from left-wing bloggers when it cut off the president’s question-and-answer session with House GOP members at a retreat last Friday.
During the wide-ranging debate that even some conservative commentators admitted the president won, Fox “cut away mid-broadcast and went to a newsless interview with Rep. Peter King (R-NY),” as the Washington Independent‘s David Weigel put it.
Raw Story’s analysis of TV news coverage of Obama’s town hall meeting found that only CNN aired the entire meeting, one hour and 15 minutes. By comparison, MSNBC broadcast 55 minutes of the event and Fox News broadcast 40 minutes, or about half.
MSNBC turns off Obama after he says turn TV off; FOX cuts off for 3rd time
On Wednesday, Fox News cut away from a question and answer session between Obama and the Senate Democratic Caucus after only two minutes. None of the Senators’ questions were aired.
“Score one for consistency,” Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins mocks.
Meanwhile, if Fox News couldn’t be bothered to televise the session, this week’s awkward cable news cut-away goes to MSNBC, which briefly ceased its live coverage of the Q&A after Obama urged the Senate Democratic Caucus to stop paying attention to them
“President Obama encouraging all the lawmakers in that room, all the senators, to turn us off,” MSNBC’s David Shuster said. “Don’t pay attention to the echo chamber. We’re going to use our authority to be able to essentially turn off the president’s feed for now.”
Linkins notes, “Don’t worry! They went back to the Q&A as soon as they deemed it ‘interesting!'”
This video is from Fox News’ America Live, broadcast Feb. 2, 2010.
Shuster uses his ‘authority’ to cut off Obama
This video is from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast Feb. 3, 2010.
Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.
"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."
"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."
WATCH: Tucker Carlson flips out after guest teaches him how to pronounce ‘Kamala Harris’
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson repeated mispronounced the first name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is Joe Biden's running mate.
"On Fox, Tucker Carlson keeps calling her KAM-uh-luh, which is not how it's pronounced," Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted.
He linked to a tweet with a picture of Harris explaining in her memoir how to pronounce her name.
Harris wrote, "my name is pronounced 'comma-la' like the punctuation mark. It means 'lotus flower,' which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."
Bishop falsely claims Joe Biden is not a Catholic — and it doesn’t go well for him
On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island attacked former Vice President Joe Biden's faith, claiming that he is not really a Catholic.
Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) August 11, 2020
Biden is a lifelong, practicing Catholic, and he was also on the 2012 ticket, so Tobin's claim doesn't make any sense. But Tobin is an extreme right-wing firebrand with a history of politicizing the church — in 2007 he denied communion to former Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his pro-choice views, and in 2019 he called Gay Pride events "harmful for children" and demanded Catholics not attend them.