In January, then-President-elect Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that because he thinks “it's important not to live in the bubble,” he very rarely reads good press and often reads bad press “because I want to get a sense of are there areas where I'm falling short and I can do better.”
“You haven't gotten a lot of bad press so far,” Harwood noted.
“Well, I'm sure it's coming,” the president said.
In another interview yesterday, Harwood told the president that “media critics would say not only has it not come, but that you have gotten such favorable press — either because of bias or because you're good box office — that it's hurting the country, because you're not being sufficiently held accountable for your policies.”
The president said “it's very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration.”
“I assume you're talking about Fox,” Harwood said.
“Well, that's a pretty big megaphone,” the president said. “And you'd be hard-pressed, if you watched the entire day, to find a positive story about me on that front.”
The president went on to say that he “welcome(s) people who are asking us some, you know, tough questions.” He said he’s “been probably as accessible as any president in the first six months — press conferences, taking questions from reporters, being held accountable, being transparent about what it is that we're trying to do. I think that, actually, the reason that people have been generally positive about what we've tried to do is they feel as if I'm available and willing to answer questions, and we haven't been trying to hide them all.”