Just hours after President Obama’s swipe at Fox News made its way around the blogosphere, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton praised a couple of commentators on MSNBC — the cable news rival presenting itself as a liberal alternative to Fox in prime time.
Burton, holding a press gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, was asked whether Obama feels “that too many Americans don’t appreciate or recognize these things that you guys have accomplished.”
“No, I don’t think that that’s his point,” Burton said. “The president doesn’t travel the country thinking about whether or not people are appreciating what he’s doing.”
However, Burton added that Obama does want to make sure that people on the left and right know that the administration’s “done a lot” and that “we’ve got a lot more to do.” He then lauded the efforts of MSNBC’s top liberal hosts.
“And if you’re on the left, if you’re somebody like Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow or one of the folks who helps to keep our government honest and pushes and prods to make sure that folks are true to progressive values,” Burton continued, “then he thinks that those folks provide an invaluable service. But at the same time, we need to focus our energy and our efforts on the choice that Americans have this fall.”
Since January 2009, Obama has invited Maddow to a few small discussions with left-leaning and moderate columnists and pundits.
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