The upcoming Super Bowl is bringing with it the expectation of an interview with the President of the United States, Joe Biden. It’s regarded as a traditional affair, despite the fact that it only began in 2009 with President Obama. Nevertheless, ever since then, the network that airs the football game, with few exceptions, has had a brief chat with the President.
This year the Super Bowl is being broadcast by the Fox “Entertainment” network. Consequently, the interview would be conducted by Fox News. However, with just a few days before the event, President Biden has not indicated that he would be participating. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone considering that last year Biden was reported to have accurately described Fox News as “one of the most destructive forces in the United States,” and that Rupert Murdoch “was the most dangerous man in the world.”
While there is still a small chance that Biden may show up for the interview, Fox News isn’t counting on it. According to Variety…
“With just three days to go before the Kansas City Chiefs square off against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the White House has yet to commit to the traditional interview between the President of the United States and the news division of the media company broadcasting the gridiron classic.”
Biden has good reason to refuse Fox’s invitation. The network serves as the official Ministry of Propaganda for the the Republican Party. While prior Super Bowl interviews on other networks were conducted by reputable journalists, Fox News has assigned the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity to handle their Super Bowl babble. And in the first week of his administration, Biden’s press office spelled out their criteria for engaging with the media that appears to rule out Fox News:
“We expect reporters covering the White House to operate in good faith and tell their audience the truth. […] Organizations or individuals who traffic in conspiracy theories, propaganda and lies to spread disinformation will not be tolerated.”
Of course, the Biden White House wasn’t going to ban Fox News. But they were putting them on notice. Variety notes that this year, “Fox News had been planning to offer one of its news correspondents to handle the duties.” The problem with that, however, is that Fox News doesn’t employ any “news correspondents.” Do they think that partisan hacks like Bret Baier or Martha MacCallum would do any better job of it than Hannity or Tucker Carlson? Maybe Fox would hand the mic to their White House correspondent, Peter Doocy.
Fox News is naturally going ballistic over this brushoff. They can’t comprehend how a leader could disrupt this habitual ritual (of fourteen whole years). Never mind that Trump skipped out on the Super Bowl interview with Lester Holt of NBC News in 2018.
We can predict the sort of questions that a Fox “News” interviewer would ask. Rather than covering issues that the American people care about, like those that Biden addressed in his State of the Union speech (inflation, taxes, climate change, reproductive rights, Social Security, etc.), Fox would harp on nonsense like Hunter Biden’s stolen laptop, Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” of election fraud, classified documents found at Biden’s home (but ignoring Trump and Pence), migrant “caravan” invasions, false allegations of bias against conservatives by Twitter, and the sex appeal of cartoon candy characters.
For a preview of the sort of interview that Fox News would conduct, just have a look at how they have covered recent breaking news stories…
- Fox News Says Biden is ‘Compromised’ Because He Revoked Trump’s Non-Existent Ban on TikTok
- Fox News is OUTRAGED Because Biden Dares to Say He is ‘Optimistic About America’s Future’
- Fox News (and Ted Cruz?) are APPALLED that the Biden Family Goes on Holiday During the Holidays
- Fox News is OUTRAGED that President Biden Secured the Release of Brittney Griner
- Fox News Hack FREAKS OUT Over President Biden Eating Ice Cream at a Campaign Stop
- Fox News Fear Mongers that Biden’s IRS Agents Will ‘Hunt Down and Kill Middle Class Taxpayers’
UPDATE: Apparently Fox News had canceled an interview that Biden had agreed to do with Fox Soul, a Black audience focused streaming network. But now the interview is reportedly back on, for now. [Update to update: The interview was canceled again]
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