Kirsten Powers: Obama's Latest Attack On FOX News "Gratuitous," Is "Beneath The Office Of The President"

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FOX News contributor and author of the new book The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech Kristen Powers slammed President Obama's latest shot at FOX News has "beneath the office of the presidency." Powers said the idea of just one news organization questioning him was just "too much" for the White House.

"I think you remember the media coverage the president was he was first getting in, when he had one news organization that was questioning him and that was too much," Powers observed. "It was too much."

KIRSTEN POWERS: The chapter that I have starts with the very beginning of the administration and the systematic they ran trying to delegitimize FOX News. It's an obsessions that I think if George Bush had done toward any news organization -- first of all, I would've been the first person standing up against it and defending them if he was doing this to MSNBC. And when they went through and said that FOX News is not a legitimate news organization, we will not treat as a legitimate news organization, nor should you. They said this to CNN, they said this to other news organizations which is absolutely not the role of the president. Look, if they don't like FOX News, don't watch it. But senior people in the White House they are abusing their power and as you know I get into all the different examples where they cut FOX News out of interviews that they have every right to be included in and then lied about it and said that they didn't cut them out and tried to act like like FOX is making things up...

I do think because it is part of this larger trend that identify -- that they just want to silence people who are disagreeing with them. Now, they haven't been successful with FOX, but that doesn't make what they did any less nefarious or any less wrong. We need to be able to debate with people and talk with people who think differently than we do without trying to delegitimize them and what about FOX News and what the president said and poverty -- they seem to be blaming FOX News for the debate on poverty. It's absurd, it's gratuitous, it's beneath the office of the president. I think you remember the media coverage the president was he was first getting in, when he had one news organization that was questioning him and that was too much. It was too much.

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