An excerpt of a new biography about Fox News chief Roger Ailes, “Roger Ailes: Off Camera,” was released last night, and some of it had to do with yours truly. In a 2008 meeting between Ailes and then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, Obama expressed concern not just about coverage on Fox News but about my coverage in particular. According to the excerpt, Ailes told him that I was anti-Obama but not to worry because "nobody who watches Sean [is] going to vote for you anyway."
So Barack Obama didn't like the fact that on a daily basis, I was doing the job that the mainstream media failed to do: vet the presidential candidate. It is my belief that many in the mainstream media were so enamored by the idea of an Obama presidency that they failed to dig into some of Obama's questionable past. For example, where was the extensive reporting on Obama's relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers? The one time the mainstream media asked Obama about his association with Bill Ayers, he said that Ayers was “just another guy in the neighborhood.” That was the end of it. The media just accepted the answer because, I believe, it was the answer they wanted to hear. No questioning. No digging. No reporting. Clearly we know that his association with Ayers is far more extensive, but you wouldn't know that if you solely relied on the mainstream media for your news.
This is what has led me to call them the Obama-mania media or the lapdog media. Combine their lack of desire to question Obama with networks literally hiring members of his administration, and we have what I believe to be a very dangerous situation. Democracy dies without a questioning media. As we've seen during the sequester debate and the subsequent fallout of Bob Woodward's reporting, those who dare to question the thin-skinned administration are met with foul language, shouting matches, threats to lose access and other forms of intimidation. This is far more troubling than me exposing the truth about Obama's past and policies. Obama's only real enemy is the truth, and that is what I try to bring to America on a daily basis.