The CEO of a community-organizing group that’s been repeatedly criticized by Fox News trusted the channel’s top Sunday news anchor to do something the President of the United States wouldn’t do today: sit down and talk.
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) CEO Bertha Lewis talked about her group’s transgressions with anchor Chris Wallace on the same day the President Obama explicitly left the outlet out of his Sunday media health care blitz on grounds the network is too biased.
“I respect Mr. Wallace,” Ms. Lewis said during an appearance on C-SPAN Friday morning, explaining why she decided to go on Fox to discuss shocking videos recorded by investigative filmmakers exposing ACORN workers giving advice on how to obtain housing to run a brothel.
“I think he really does try to be fair and balanced and thoughtful,” Ms. Lewis said.
Meanwhile, the Obama White House issued a terse and sarcastic statement about their decision to give Sunday interviews to ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC and Univision, but not Fox News.
“We figured Fox would rather show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News.
“Fox is an ideological outlet where the president has been interviewed before and will likely be interviewed again,” Earnest said. “Not that the whining particularly strengthens their case for participation any time soon.”
Mr. Earnest’s harsh remarks were prompted, in part, because Mr. Wallace called the White House a “bunch of crybabies,” during an appearance on the “O’Reilly Factor” earlier this week.
Mr. Wallace acknowledged this during his September 20 broadcast, but didn’t back down. “Every president is thin-skinned but I wonder whether this administration, this White House has a particular problem with criticism,” Mr. Wallace said.
Ms. Lewis discussing Fox News on C-SPAN: