FOX News Reporter vs. Earnest on Obama's Anti-FOX Comments: "Hope You Didn't Take It Personally," "Comments Speak For Themselves"

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At Wednesday's White House press briefing, FOX News White House correspondent Kevin Corke pressed Josh Earnest on anti-FOX News comments President Obama made at a discussion on poverty at Georgetown University on Tuesday.

The president said FOX News portrays the poor as "sponges, leeches," "lazy" and "undeserving."

"If we're going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we're going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we're going to have to change how the media reports on these issues," Obama also said.

At the briefing today, Corke wanted to know if the president was really objecting to how he is portrayed in the media.

"I hope you didn't take it personally," Earnest said smiling. "Seems like you might have though."

"Wouldn't be the first time," he added.

"I'm just curious, from the White House perspective, when the president says the media should change on how they should report on issues, is he objecting to the coverage that he finds too critical of the way the administration is handling a particular issue?" Corke asked.

"That's not what he said," Earnest replied. "I think if you go back and look exactly at the president's comments, what he pointed out is that it is important for us to recognize that we all have a stake in the success of the citizens of this country."

"What specifically was he objecting to in terms of FOX's coverage, for example," Corke pressed Earnest.

"I'll let the president's comments speak for themselves," Earnest said.

KEVIN CORKE, FOX NEWS: I want to ask you also about something he said at Georgetown about media coverage. In particular, he mentioned a certain network I work for.

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Yeah. I hope you didn't take it personally. Seems like you might have though.

CORKE: Well, there's that.

EARNEST: Wouldn't be the first time.

CORKE: Yeah, that's true.

He said, among other things, "if we're going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we're going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we're going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people's impressions of what it's like to struggle in this economy looks like and how budgets connect to that."

And he went on to say, "it requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news."

I'm just curious, from the White House perspective, when the president says the media should change on how they should report on issues, is he objecting to the coverage that he finds too critical of the way the administration is handling a particular issue?

EARNEST: That's not what he said. I think if you go back and look exactly at the president's comments, what he pointed out is that it is important for us to recognize that we all have a stake in the success of the citizens of this country...

CORKE: But what specifically was he objecting to in terms of FOX's coverage, for example.

EARNEST: Well, again, I'll let the president's comments speak for themselves.

CORKE: In specificity, was there something in particular --

EARNEST: He talked about it specifically and you can use his comments if that's what you would like to do.

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