The Obamessiah ventures into the lion’s den?

I mentioned here the other day that Barack Obama would be on the Fox News Channel and joked about whether he would do it without “precondition” or not.  Well, it looks like there might have been some “precondition” (H/T to Newsbusters):

As Fox News prepares to interview Barack Obama tomorrow night, during prime time, TV journalist Michael Wolff details a meeting between Barack Obama, Fox News president Roger Ailes, and News Corporation president Rupert Murdoch in which the Fox execs promised to lay off the Democratic presidential candidate.

According to Wolff’s telling, this was more than a mere tete-à-tete, this was a full-on diplomatic meeting (initiated at Murdoch’s request), conducted only after preparation and with preconditions from the Obama campaign.

Now, I have to say, the short segment I saw that aired last night between Bill O’Reilly and Barack Obama did not seem to have soft-peddled questions.  O’Reilly kept asking why he (Obama) couldn’t admit that he was wrong on the surge in Iraq.  Glenn Reynolds highlights Obama’s response, when O’Reilly asked him one of the several times about being wrong:

I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

But, you can watch for yourself to see what you think…

Three other segments are scheduled to air on The O’Reilly Factor next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  O’Reilly said Tuesday night’s segment is supposed to be the one to cover Obama’s “relationships,” like Ayers, Rezko, Pflegler, and Wright, and insinuates that he didn’t pull any punches.  We’ll see.

I guess Obama will do anything to try to reclaim the title of the “most popular politician in America” from Gov. Palin.  I’m sure it was a blow to his ego that Palin rivaled his number of viewers for their respective speeches, which even the MSM had to acknowledge.

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