No matter what day of the week it is, or what time of the day it might be, if you head on over to Fox News you’re going to get plenty of anti-President Obama propaganda. Since before he even moved into the White House, there’s been a coordinated effort by basically everyone on the right to perpetuate this idea that President Obama is the worst president in history.
While I’m not saying everyone has to like him, to claim he’s the “worst president in history” is just absurd.
Furthermore, the bigger push the last couple of years hasn’t just been to label him the “worst ever,” it’s been a laughable campaign by many conservatives to suggest that George W. Bush was a much better president. Again, you don’t have to like President Obama, but to suggest he was worse than Bush is just flat-out idiotic.
Well, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson took it a step further by saying that President Obama is so terrible that the world actually respects the United States less than it did before he took office.
“The president said he believes he’s helped improve the United States’ standing in the world,” Gretchen said. “But right now it appears that statement isn’t totally accurate since most polls show foreign nations have lower regard for the U.S. now than they did before Obama’s time.”
Carlson’s statement most assuredly played right into the hands of conservatives, which was the point. There’s just one problem – it’s an absolute lie.
In fact, the favorable views of the U.S. went up (most by significant margins) since President Obama took office with every country Pew surveyed – with the exception of Russia, Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan. And when it comes to three of our biggest allies (U.K., Germany, France) we went up by 13%, 20% and 33% respectively.
And even in the two other polls Politifact looked into they found our nation’s favorability numbers went up since Bush’s final year in office.
What Carlson did is what your typical random conservative Internet trolls do; she made some bold claim about how terrible the president has been by using the general term “most polls,” while not citing a single credible shred of evidence to back up her statement.
But none of this is really surprising, because this is what Fox News does. It’s not about presenting facts, or even reporting the news, it’s about entertaining conservatives by telling them what they want to hear. And with the economy continuing to improve, gas prices down, unemployment at its lowest level in years and stocks still at record highs, the only thing they really have is his foreign policy. Since ISIS has risen to become a force, mostly due to Bush destabilizing the region with the Iraq War, they’re trying to play up the talking point that he’s been a failure internationally and no one respects us.
Even though, according to this Pew survey, not only has Obama improved the image of the United States in the eyes of all of our allies, but he’s drastically improved it.
Then again, it would take a news organization that likes to report facts to tell their viewers that, and as we all know, facts aren’t exactly Fox’s strong suit.