Bias Bash: Obama supports same-sex marriage
How has the media covered the president's decision?
- Duration 10:58
- Date May 10, 2012
How has the media covered the president's decision?
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-- now to -- -- bash which is where one of our Fox News contributors takes a look at how the mainstream media are covering one of the hot button issues of the day.
Guess what issue it is today gave -- for.
Yes and today we're joined at the happily by Judith Miller thank you so much for joining us great to be here so again and when you get off an airplane from overseas -- I just tap.
And I've been thinking about the Egyptian elections and -- -- of Syria I was Turkey.
And then come back -- UC.
This issue of gay rights gay marriage all over every front page of the newspaper.
You have to say wow America really has very different priorities and preoccupations -- the rest of the world.
And it has dominated.
The media and once again the social media Twitter was out front.
Actually breaking the news before the network that got the interview eight minutes before.
-- which is a stunning development that I think increasingly.
Typical and reflective of what's happening.
That is the rising world social media not just as a reflection of where people are -- Actually making news yeah breaking.
And what about you mentioned president Obama's choice -- Robin Roberts of ABC.
To give this announcement to what of that.
Well I think that -- this was clearly a big win for the network and big win for rob.
But immediately it became such a national.
Sitting on me definitely.
That I -- fairways.
Who actually got the interview didn't matter as much as.
That started almost immediately about how it was going to play.
You have the typical Wall Street Journal.
Very lower key response.
You know it by the way wasn't even the lead editorial it was the second editorial.
The journal called -- president has a pre election change of heart.
And I think you've seen the conservative networks the people who are opposed to what the president has said pointing out that flip flops.
Whereas people who tend to support the president have referred to this as an evolution.
So -- you know not even a change here where we've got an evolution of his position.
While the New York Times had a very useful look at the president's position in 1996.
Totally opposed to gay marriage -- And then when he was running for president you see the beginning of the evolution in completely the opposite direction I look.
I think what's interesting is that.
Pundits are really divided that you can see that from the press on how this is going to play.
-- Michelle Malkin and quoted on this network -- saying this is a financial political decision one that's going to energize the base and get people out.
Others being much more skeptical saying now it's -- personal decision.
I find it interesting that this is yet another instance and I haven't seen a lot of this made in the press -- yet but I think well.
The president leading from behind in this case he was very much pushed into this position.
By his vice president.
Joseph Biden who never saw a camera he didn't -- -- didn't you know say something interesting and unpredictable.
When it was focused on him and the fact that the president.
Vice president was kind of pushed into this.
I I was with some people last night who are looking at reading the polls.
Looking at -- away press was playing it and it's really -- nobody can tell me for sure.
How this issue like reading the press I don't get a sense -- how ultimately the issue will play.
It is fascinating.
But -- you -- note of the fact that.
You can kind of tell what -- position is or what their what their journalistic institutions position is by whether they call it flip -- or an evolution.
How to write this if you don't.
Look at Mitt Romney who says that on this health care issue.
That you know it was one thing from Massachusetts based totally against it you had other you know.
-- Republicans who.
Back in the past -- on the record.
Supporting the individual mandate who now say their position has evolved on that system and you a lot of people saying well that's a good thing we're so glad that they came to their senses.
To be fair -- me can't you -- out about Obama that you know he came in thinking one thing and he's had the you know a lot of people talking to him since then.
And heard a lot of personal anecdotes and seen things for himself.
And changed his mind isn't isn't good -- what I.
You can and the president has something else going for and if you saw the announcement if you watched it and then listen to -- it was very persuasive and that it was very personal and this is the president's strict.
-- getting in front of the camera.
And personalizing issues and he did this one extremely well -- extremely convincingly.
And I think that's going to help them it will certainly energize that base people who work very very.
Skeptical about the president's commitment to many issues.
You know you can see -- and feel it.
Votes from that liberal media the mainstream media.
But also the present himself.
I think reflected the ambivalence that many many in the black community have on this issue because this is an issue in which the black community.
Is against his position.
So in -- sense he has departed from one part of the -- to side with another.
And that too is a very interesting development whom does he need now the most ten.
How is this going to help and politics.
Must be a factor.
In his decision how large factor I think we're gonna want to.
Baby yeah so you mentioned and it's very clear the president himself is pretty much admitting that.
This was not his plan to come out of this announcement yesterday.
He was pushed into it because Joseph Biden made his comments.
Saying the fact that the vice president is out there just talking off the -- -- and blow things out that.
Force the president into.
Making an announcement about a position that he planning on doing an -- that seems to be up up.
Bit of a problem.
Well I'm not sure whether or not this was coordinated or not I mean many people say you know what -- -- that vice president pushed him into it put him in -- maybe this is what he wanted this is you know this can be could be -- part of an election strategy seems like kind of an odd one to me.
But the president has taken so many -- the national security decisions -- Like they call on the Reid in -- bond to get bin Laden like.
Just this week.
The wording of a plot to blow up an American -- another big win -- national security foreign policy for this president.
That he can perhaps afford to take risks on the social front -- I'm really not sure because for me my my preoccupation has clearly been.
And the national security of the country I mean I realize what -- hot button issue this is the New York Times pointed out at seven.
Of the nine states that he needs.
To win this election has actually passed.
States referendums or ballot initiatives.
Outlined right gay marriage so.
And this is a bit of a risk for Kenya and -- hadn't.
He even let it come out of the as a way of looking liking it more of a risk taker and I I think this can be spun.
I people who are paid to do that as say another gutsy courageous -- -- Kelly has been shaking her after our now.
Let her respond yeah -- -- say -- great.
I've taken a vote then I take I have taken a bone because I was a congresswoman and the time of the defense of marriage act.
I don't personally.
Believe that that was the right but that -- where I differ with the president here.
Is that you aren't as an elected official I believe very firm.
You are elected to represent the people.
That the people of the United States of America and quite clearly with thirty states.
Same sex marriage.
That will of this the United States does not -- with where the president is.
It's a difficult vote it was a horrible vote for me to take because personally it was against my own feelings.
I don't think you vote your feelings and I don't remember think the president should have come out in the way he had.
Because he's talking about what it since when did it -- action have an influence on whether or not he's deciding.
On gay marriage.
I I think.
This is wrong and I think he needs to take it step back.
From areas and he may -- if you look at what he said he left himself a little bit -- will wiggle room.
So he may come back a little bit -- this is you really think he would back away from a position.
Political yeah yeah.
I asked why I think it -- -- and how much money he gains from Hollywood -- gay community.
We'll look at the fourteen million dollar George Clooney.
-- is -- I mean this is Hollywood it is going to get behind him in a big way young people whom he was losing -- going to get behind him and they planned.
Look at the way the demographics on this issue we're very clear young people don't even understand why it's an issue so where we -- You know history is kind of moving in his favor.
Michael Bloomberg had another very interesting observation mayor of New York which is no president who's taken it as stand.
For the expansion of civil rights has ever failed to carry the day.
I mean that to -- and the president's thinking about it.
Don't go back to how many states were against civil rights right Lyndon Johnson went out and said you know -- -- minute -- support this on the change their minds.
And maybe that's it that's that's certainly the way I would look at this.
All right well there's a lot of people -- a lot of different interpretations of this issue and of how it's gonna work for or against President Obama and Mitt Romney so.
And we'll be talking about all of them unbiased bash on Saturday at 2:30 AM 1130 at night if hero on late night person RI I hope -- And -- -- fox viewers to tune it yes Judith Miller and again she is a regular on FOX News Watch and now we just had the banner up for that show which does there on Saturdays.
Jon Scott host sit and he's got a panel of Fox News contributors.
For every side of the political aisle and they cover the coverage.
The media chose to focus on what they chose to.
What ever the agendas might be of the various news organizations is a great show.
And Judith Miller thank you so much for joining us to be here with you --