05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

White House: Fox News 'Scene Of The Crime' On Health Care Lies

President Obama's sit-down with Fox News' Bret Baier, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, raised many eyebrows given the White House's contentious relationship with the network.

Tuesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explained the appearance, saying, "Obviously they have a pretty big audience share and I think it is safe to say that a lot of members that are undecided are going ... watch and their constituents watch this news. So we are happy to continue the argument on why health care reform is important to pass this year on Fox."

In Mike Allen's Playbook on Politico, though, an unnamed White House official takes a sharper tone, saying that Fox News is the "scene of the crime" on "many of the falsehoods and myths about health reform."

The full comment:

"Many of the falsehoods and myths about health reform gained traction with Glenn Beck and others on FOX, so the President is returning to the scene of the crime to make the final sale. As we have said, we will work with Fox where it serves our communications interests, and this does."