President Obama and Rupert Murdoch Care About Different Things

Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner and executive editor Eric Bates went to the White House last Friday to interview President Obama (Mr. Wenner wore brightly striped socks; President Obama expressed envy). Mr. Wenner and Mr. Bates asked the President if he thought Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News was a “good institution for America.” President Obama’s answer was incredibly polished:

[Laughs] Look, as president, I swore to uphold the Constitution, and part of that Constitution is a free press. We’ve got a tradition in this country of a press that oftentimes is opinionated.Before that, you had folks like Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it’s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.

President Obama and Rupert Murdoch Care About Different Things