Obama To Give Interview To Fox News
President Obama will give an interview to Fox News' Major Garrett, Fox News confirmed to the Huffington Post.
Drudge reported Wednesday that the interview will take place during the president's trip to China next week. This news comes just one day after it was reported that Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn -- the so-called general in the administration's war against Fox News -- will be stepping down.
The Obama administration's battle against Fox News has been two-pronged: members of the administration have characterized Fox News as not a legitimate news network while also regularly denying the network interviews with key figures. When Obama did the Sunday morning talk show rounds, for instance, he skipped out on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.
"This White House has demonstrated our willingness to exclude Fox News from newsmaking interviews, but yesterday we did not," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the day after Garrett interviewed "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg.
Fox News executive Michael Clemente met recently at the White House with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and since then the tensions between the two parties have cooled; senior adviser David Axelrod granted an interview to Garrett last week.
The president's interview, coupled with Dunn leaving her interim post, are further signals that the administration is ramping down its battle against the cable news outlet.
The New York Times had reported that the White House "informed Fox News not to expect to bump knees with the president until 2010."
Update: A White House offiical has told Politico that the report that Obama is sitting down with Fox News while he is in China is "not accurate."
"We've not committed to doing any presidential interviews during the trip to Asia with any outlets at this point," the official said.