Fox News' Hypocrisy About Obama's Jobs Plan

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After previously attacking President Obama for not having a plan to create jobs, Fox News is now hypocritically attacking him for faulting Congress for its failure to pass his American Jobs Act.

Last September, Obama proposed the American Jobs Act, a bill that was estimated to "likely add 1.9 million payroll jobs and grow the U.S. economy 2 percent." The bill was successfully filibustered by Senate Republicans a month later.

The Obama campaign has recently put out an ad promoting the American Jobs Act, criticizing Republicans in Congress for not passing his proposals yet, and urging Congress to pass his proposals now.

Fox News has responded by attacking Obama for "blam[ing] Congress," criticism that mirrors a recent attack by Romney that Obama is "blam[ing] Congress for the faults that he's put in place himself."

For instance, on the June 8 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom, co-host Martha MacCallum told the Examiner's Byron York "the president is going to come out and you expect that he will blame Congress for not implementing some of his job creating ideas. Is that going to fly well with the American people? I mean, I don't know how much water that holds at this point."

Fox Nation also attacked the president, posting a portion of a Newsmax piece under the headline "New Obama Ad Puts The Blame On Congress."

But Fox's criticism puts the network in the awkward position of having to admit that Obama has a jobs plan, a fact at odds with the message Fox ran with last year.

On the September 6, 2011, edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy interviewed Ed Gillespie, former adviser to George W. Bush and now adviser to the Romney Campaign. Leading off the interview, Doocy claimed "there is no plan at the White House" to create jobs. And Fox Nation reacted to the plan by claiming Obama "can't support a real jobs program."

Fox appears determined to promote Romney's attacks on the president, even if it means admitting that Obama has a jobs plan after previously pretending that he did not.

Posted In
Economy, Jobs, Wages, & Unemployment
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Fox News Channel
Person
Steve Doocy, Martha MacCallum
Show/Publication
FOX & Friends, America's Newsroom
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