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Landrieu takes up Obama’s anti-Fox chant

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s $300 million in dollars matched by the government for Medicaid services for Louisiana is one of the sweetheart deals in the health care bill.

On the heels of President Obama’s finger-pointing at Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh, for supposedly holding up legislative progress on the national debt, now comes Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu.

In a Senate floor address on Tuesday, the Louisiana senator lambasted the network for fabrications regarding entitlement spending, Fox News reported.

“I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News,” she reportedly said.

Her comments echo criticisms of Fox News from President Obama, published just this past week.

In an interview with the left-leaning magazine, The New Republic, Mr. Obama referred to the role the media would play in shaping policy discussions on Capitol Hill. He said: “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” according to widely published reports of the interview.

At least one Fox News reporter took umbrage at the president’s statement. Greta van Susteren, on her blog, blasted Mr. Obama. She wrote: “Apparently, President Obama wants his usual media pass and Fox challenges his policies — which happens to be the media’s job.”

About the Author

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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