Rolling Stone magazine published a post-election interview in which President Barack Obama appears to blame a television network for the electoral defeat of his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton. The interview was conducted on the day after Donald Trump defeated Clinton. The interview offered little self-reflection on Obama’s part, while he also appeared to blamed Fox News for adding to the Democrats ineffectiveness in addressing blue-collar concerns.
"Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we’re on the ground, we do well."
Obama and fellow Democrats and progressives have lambasted Fox News throughout his presidency. He once said that if he were to watch Fox News regularly, he would not want to vote for himself.
Fox News contributor, columnist Juan Williams reflected on the interview with Stuart Varney of Varney & Co on Fox News. Williams said he was glad to see how “effective” Fox News is and that it is present in “‘every bar and restaurant,’” as Obama said. Williams also said that Democrats wish that he were not on Fox News. “They feel like I legitimize. I say, ‘Look, Fox News’s success, I think it’s important to have balance and voice, I think it is a tribute to Fox that I exist. But they think in a different way, which is they see Fox as such a powerhouse that they would like to stigmatize it and stigmatize me and anything that goes along with it.”