June 18th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

White House: Cable news not 'where all of real America lives'

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Traditionally there's not much love lost between any White House and the media.

And so it was this week:
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Almost two months into the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, Pres. Obama addressed the American people from the Oval Office about the Gulf oil spill.

And his speech got panned... pretty much everywhere... including MSNBC which usually just loves anything this president does.

They said the president wasn't specific enough and didn't appear to show that he was in charge. They were absolutely right. The speech was weak.

The next day in the White House briefing room - Mr. Obama's Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, was asked about the drubbing his boss took. Reporters wanted to know what Gibbs thought about cable news critics who said the president is being too hands-off when it comes to the oil crisis.

Gibbs responded:

"I appreciate the hand on the pulse of America by those who live on cable TV. I don't actually think that is where all of real America lives."

Gibbs also said that if Mr. Obama had decided to run for president based on what the pundits were saying a year before the primaries started... he would still be in the Senate.

Meanwhile despite all the talk about the president's speech and the criticism that followed... it was the second least-watched Obama speech ever. The audiences for his speeches are beginning to mirror his job approval ratings.

Here’s my question to you: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says cable news is not "where all of real America lives." Is he right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

L. in Illinois writes:
My brother has been unemployed for over a year and had to cancel cable TV to cut expenses. He now finds himself living in the "real America" Gibbs is referring to.

Chandra in Las Vegas writes:
Gibbs is wrong, by a long shot. Cable news channels are watched by people who closely follow politics and current events. I personally find those that are uniformed and less interested only watch the evening news. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on Gibbs' part, but in reality we only hope that Gibbs is really smarter than he portrays himself to be.

Lori in Pennsylvania writes:
It sounds like someone can't take criticism. Frankly, the Obama administration deserves to be criticized. Constantly spending when everyone, including a retired Alan Greenspan, is saying you need to stop. Doing nothing to address the illegal immigration problem. Putting band aids on the unemployment problem. An oil spill that has yet to be stopped. The list goes on and on. Gibbs, it's time to listen to the criticism. It's time for the Obama Administration to change how the U.S. problems are being dealt with.

Linda in Arizona writes:
Robert Gibbs should be fired. His answers when he's cornered are always pure snark with no substance, but tons of arrogance. What he or anyone else in this clueless elitist administration would know about "where real America lives" wouldn't fill a thimble.

Chris in Florida writes:
Where does he think we live? We can't afford to go to the movies.

D. writes:
Where does Robert Gibbs live? It appears that he performs as a hand puppet and Obama is making his mouth move and out comes sound bites that ignore reality. Maybe he should check his own pulse.

soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. Cpom Athens GA

    If you are referring to Fox News, yes.

    However they continually gain more propaganda power with people to busy to go to multiple sources for news.

    I don't know where all of America "is" but I can guarantee there are many of us who are not on the same continent or planet that Fox resides on.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  2. Mike

    Of course Mr. Gibbs is stating the obvious in an attempt to explain a growing lakc of support for the President's policies, unpopular as they are becoming. He can obfuscate the issue by suggesting the 24 hour news cycle, or polar opposite positions of MSNBC and Fox are responsible for the lack of support, but it is those that live inside the beltway that should come to terms with the fact that inside the beltway is not "where all of real America lives." The policies are unpopular because real American disagrees with the President.

    Mike Anderson
    Katy, TX

    June 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  3. Laurie

    absolutely ! I know all you folks in cable news think it begins and ends with you . But the truth is , you can't cover everything , for everyone . I still use my local newspaper as my local news source , PBS when I'm looking for calm , intelligent discussion of issues that is not continuously interrupted by commercials . Real investigative news doesn't happen much anymore , so , I am always on the hunt for the deeper side of the story , not the 3 second news bite fed to us endlessly and repeatedly by cable ....

    June 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  4. Mike in Anaheim

    Gibbs is right in the sense that most Americans have jobs and daily activities that are far removed from what is daily reported to be news by the media. But the combined talents of the media generally does a good job reflecting the pulse and tenor of America, if not the world. Gibbs and others in the public spotlight just have to learn to deal with the glare of the media while the rest of us follow the accounts you guys report.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  5. Steve, NY

    I think cable news is everybody's life. The 1/2 hour nightly news is full of of commercials. It's getting to the point it's 15 minutes of news and 15 minutes of commercials. What can you learn from that. Most people get their news from the internet instead of cable news. CNN has probably the most wide news report of all the news networks.
    Sounds like Obama is in fantasy land wishing that people only should watch 15 minutes of news. It ain't going to happen, there are too many hungry news addicts out there.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  6. Russ in PA

    Perhaps he is right, as too many people watch the big three channel news, and don't get much out of it, other than what the government wants one to hear. Thank God for the Internet, otherwise we'd have to listen to the two-party nonsense constantly.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rosie

    Gibbs is so out of touch with real Americans, he does not know what he is saying.Maybe if he and the rest of the White House would listen to the American people, they would not have such low ratings and negative remarks all the time.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  8. Jayne

    Gibbs is right. The vast majority of Americans can name all the American Idols from year one to the present, but would be unable to name half of the Supreme Court justices if a million bucks was the prize. If everyone "lived" cable news, we'd probably be better for it.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  9. Janne from NC

    I can tell you this. It is a heck of alot closer to where I live than where those folks in the white house think I live and they know it. At least me and cable news live in the real world, not fantasy land like the white house crowd.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  10. David Garcelon

    Who cares!! Lets do whatever it takes to stop the leak and clean up the mess. All the yapping by President Obama and our 535 Congressmen is politics, pure and simple. Patting themselves on the back about how they "sliced and diced" Tony Heyward" accomplished zero...why don't they all say.."Mr. Hayward, we will be running for reelection soon..so we must excoriate you and hope we look great to the American people. In the meantime, the well still is leaking and the oil is coming ashore!!
    David Garcelon
    Harpswell, Maine

    June 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  11. Joe

    Yes Jack, Robert Gibbs is right. I doubt you will ever give recognition to this message, but the world does not evolve around cable news. Cable news sensationalizes a subject, and then beats it to death, until it is no longer useful. I believe it all comes down to the ratings, as I can frequently see comments and questions that are built around hyperbole. It seems in this zeitgeist, cable news has hidden and overt personal agendas present information (not always news) to persuade the public to form one opinion. If I can sum up my opinion of cable news (perhaps all news) is that we are watching a reality TV show, that we are told is real, but instead we find the director has constructed the information to accommodate a specific agenda.

    Sensationalism and a lack of worldly information is common with the cable and mainstream broadcasts that we see today. Will it change, I doubt it; but then again, how much longer will our world survive, as we know it?
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    June 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  12. Jan

    I agree. I am a news nut but very few of the people I know care much about cable shows. When I mention a program they are not familar with it. Cable news has become too narrowly focused on one or two topics and the rest of the world is ignored. El Paso, TX

    June 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  13. Pisher from Harrisburg

    Now I am really starting to get torqued off with the Obama administration. I have cable news going on all the time at home and in my office. I am as American as apple pie and voted for this administration! This is one of those "open mouth, insert foot, bit real hard" moments for this administration. Mr. Obama, it is time to throw Mr. Gibbs out in the real America for a job. Perhaps he go to work for Tony Hayward.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Will Espey

    Yes I agree and we who have been marginalized understand that politicians have made it their mission to divide the country and we watch it become CIVIL to preserve "Social Darwinism". Real news suffers from monetary segregation and corporate "Frat Parties" own we the small people's realities! A part of "Freedom to Speak" includes the "Freedom to Listen", so all that's left to do is watch!

    June 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  15. Eddie Dex

    Yes, he is. Most regular everyday people are not obsessed with the daily news cycle–Who won what political argument? Who made which side look bad? Most Americans just want to live their lives in peace...knowing their families are well...being content and living quietly beside their neighbor. Only the self-obsessed or the News Junkie–such as myself–really care about network and cable news. God help us!

    June 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  16. B.J., Quincy, Il

    Well sort of. Cable news rarely ever has good news, cable goes for the "story" the 'headlines" ecause that's the news.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  17. Jim Bailey

    By and large Gibbs is right....cable tv costs money and is often one of the first expenses cut in the house hold budget.
    Combine that with the fact that the majority of those with cable are busy watching re-runs of 'Law and Order' , 'The Real Wives of Money and Privilege" or some such nonsense and Gibbs is too right.
    Cripple Creek, CO

    June 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  18. Karen, Lafayette, Louisiana

    Which world does Gibbs live in-The housewives of somewhere? Cable news has been the biggest thing in the last 25 years. Oh, he was too young to watch. This all started because of the comments made by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who criticied Obama's "Oval Office" speech. Over half of the American public agreed-that Obama just talked-he did not speak to Americans about this horrible disaster.

    Obama blew it-he has no concept on how to handle or implement any disaster. He has had the greatest opporunity to take charge-instead he played golf 6 different times.

    We are all tired of hearing him blame everyone for problems that can and will occur during each presidency. Did he believe that he would continue receiving applauds each and everyday? Sir-take on your responsiblities, my advise to you to clean house on those advising you. Maybe, just maybe you can salvage something of your administration. We all need you to TAKE CHARGE!

    I've read that Gibbs can lose control and he is working hard not to. This statement proves to me that not all is good on the home front.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  19. Carl

    In my opinion, Gibbs is dead wrong. CNN and other cable news is right where it belongs, and shares the public opinion of most the the people. He doesn't like cable news because CNN and others expose our do nothing government for what they are, a government that cares only about it's self, and pretends to care about what the public needs and cares for.

    Fed up in Illinois

    June 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  20. wayne

    San Bernardino, Calif. Yes most of America is not interested in CNN particularly because it attempts to find out what the facts are on both the left and right. But most people have agendas, left or right and will gravitate to FOX for right wing views or MSNBC for left wing views. Simply put, truth of facts is not important, only ideology.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  21. Kenny in the High Desert of California

    We descend as a nation because the lack of attention the public gives the news. I’m afraid much of America isn’t listening to you in the White House Mr. Gibbs, or the media news. America lives in a cocoon of self indulgence and gratification as the world goes by. It seems we are a society who speaks and text on wireless devices without anything important to talk about, just to hear ourselves. We run off at the mouth and are going deaf and hear little if anything.
    Now for some butt kiss stuff. Good place to start listen to Cafferty and think, then write.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Gibbs has zero knowledge of where America lives.

    America is watching a lot more than he thinks, and we see his lies and falsehoods, every day.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  23. Steve Wisconsin

    Spiritually speaking cable news is not were many of us live. Some of us do not believe what the news stations put out. We believe in the literal interpretaton of the bible. For example: CNN endorses homo-sex, abortion, and fetal stem cell research. Biblically speaking we know that homo-sex is a serious sin, an abomination to God. Homo-sex is not and never will be an alternative form of marriage. Curses follow such sin – Deuteronomy 28. Even if you are not a Christian, it will make you wonder about the oil spill. There seems to be a lot of curses of late.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  24. Slim

    No. Broadcast media is moving in the same direction as the blogosphere. Amateur newsproviders, paid on the basis of traffic, are writing to the market. What is the hot topic? Write about that. Generate Revenue. Broadcast media, the information provider, looks for the biggest bang for its buck–in a 30 minute or 60 minute broadcast. Cable media, meanwhile, has the luxury of going more in depth on a topic and providing a more diverse range of opinions. The audience can find people who either express and reinforce their own opinions, or express opposite opinions and challenge the viewers to think.
    Slim Fairview–Belvidere, N.J.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  25. Dennis / Hartsville, TN

    Jack, I guess ratings would back Gibbs up but cable news should take a look at it's reporters and anchormen and women who report a story and then gives us their opinion and a commentary we don't need. The standard evening news just reports and moves on to the next item. I am not tunning in to hear how someone feels or reacts to a story as if their opinions mean anything to us at large. So for my two cents worth I say shut the hell up and just report your story and move on, or get your own talk show. However,the exception to all of this is the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and the Cafferty Files. You guys get it right, in my opinion.


    June 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  26. Paul Austin, Texas

    No he is not right totaly. Most Americans get their news from some form of Cable news. All the news networks and all the cable networks have web sites as well as on air news so he is very far off but must include the 3%, just a guest that refuse to have cable, computers, an I phone, cell phone, or Black Berry and still look for the ever dying Newspapers.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  27. Jack in Virginia

    Gibbs is waaay out of touch with what "real Americans" want. Need proof? – look at the President's poll numbers and the percentage of folks who disagree with his agenda (health care reform, immigration, jobs, stimulus spending). Every day is Opposite Day at this White House.

    Gibbs is whistling past the graveyard.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  28. Paul Austin, Texas

    He must be talking about those Little People that BP talked about. By the way you know Jack that BP's new name is BIG PEOPLE.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  29. Mysterious, Chicago

    According to reports the other day, it was said that less people tuned into the president's speech of the Gulf Coast. It was framed as if America is ignoring (or not interested) in what he has to say. I just think that as bad as the Gulf Coast oil spill is, and it is worst than bad, that people just didn't turn in because as much as CNN (mostly) and other channels are constantly reporting on the leak, most of America are just not tuned in to this in particular.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  30. erik haglind

    Absolutely right. I find that most of the Cable news is opinion and gun flapping. I would like to see more journalism and reporting. CNN international has a lot of great stuff. I wish it was on the air in the U.S. I am an american living in Panama, and always tell my brother and father how great it is.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  31. Mysterious, Chicago

    I thought you would talk about Barton's statement. Oh, well, Jack, that's right. You are turning into "one of them."

    June 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  32. JENNA

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says cable news is not "where all of real America lives." Is he right?

    I agree with Gibbs. Most Americans are glued to Fox News (the only free cable news – paid for by that Aussie Murdock to set HIS agenda in America) and CNN, aka Conservative News Network.

    Most Americans are so broke they can't afford cable let alone television. Heck they can't even put a roof over their heads.

    So do the GOP care about Americans or the GOP? Seems to me that we all see that the GOP on cares about the GOP and cares NOTHING about Americans that they are suppose to represent.

    Now if progressive could get 50% of all air time, the nation would be in far better shape.

    Roseville CA

    June 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    Press Secretary Gibbs is full of crap, as usual. You've seen the ratings Jack. Americans overwhelmingly love cable news, especially Fox News and the ratings prove it. Obama hates cable news networks because they tell the real truth and aren't connected to Obama's butt like ABC, CBS and NBC. Cable News refuses to promote Obama's jihad against the United States. Have a great weekend Jack.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  34. Sylvia from San Diego

    Press Sec. Gibbs believes that if the news station is not glorifying Obama and his administration, then they do not represent the "real America". He lives in denial.....

    June 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  35. Bert Oak View, CA

    A whole lot of Real America is clue less; maybe that is what he is talking about.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  36. George in Atlanta Ga.

    Fox News' audience is made up of rightwing supporters while MSNBC leans to the left.. Wolf , et. al . try to stay in the middle and mostly succeed.You,Jack, are in a league all your own.I'm never sure about you and maybe that's a good thing. Where does Gibbs think "real America " lives? Isn't Sesame Street on cable, too?

    June 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  37. Kevin in Dallas

    Maybe, but lets face facts. No one who ever lives or works at the White House has an understanding of real America. The difference between the President and a regular American citizen is not that different from the difference between Kim Jong Il, and the rest of North Korea. They just have no idea.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Dan in Ohio

    Maybe a Bartonized apology to corporate media is due from Mr. gibbs.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  39. Jane Krummel

    I don't rely on Cable News at all, Jack and I prefer to hear the commentary of Jon Stewart or Bill Maher instead.

    Cable news is more focused on ratings – the truth seems to take a back seat to the ratings more than it should. Afterall, ratings equal advertising $$$.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  40. Eric H

    I do not think he is right. A good number of people watch the news because they do not have the internet. But there are those who just do not watch the news because they just have no intrest in it. I presonaly watch the news because i want to know what is going on in the nation and the world. from Castleton Vermont

    June 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  41. Tim

    Gibbs is absolutely about right cable news, CNN included, generates its own wind which is probably coming from a lower part of the anatomy. Talking heads and pundants are not prophets though they think they are. How did that overwelming anti-incumbent thing work out in the primaries? New Jersey

    June 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  42. Al, Lawrence KS

    Everyone knows that "Real Americans" live on the American Idol channel. Sheeez. I don't expect to see you guys on there anytime soon, but who knows...maybe Wolf can sing.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    According to Nielsen, 2 million people in total watched the three cable news channels last week. There are 300 million people in the U. S. Those numbers would back up Mr. Gibb's claim.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  44. carlos Magallanes

    He is absolutely correct. All the news, not just cable news, kills itself with specificity. The "news" panders to all that can/ is made to grab attention. There is a distinct bias towards the odd and the strange. The news no longer expresses what Americans truly regard as essential issues that need remediation, unless they are centered on catastrophes.

    What the news does accomplish is to further the polarization that is helping this country to unravel. To paraphrase Thomas Paine- we either pull together, or we pull apart.

    C. Magallanes, pasadena,calif

    June 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  45. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Well, Jack, the way I see it, there is a Left news channel and a Right news channel with CNN being in the center. So, just where are these people living that Gibbs is talking about?

    June 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  46. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    Well Jack, he hasn't been right yet. I doubt he knows THIS subject either.

    If you want to know anything about the American people, don't ask anyone in, or around politics.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  47. Andrew

    Morrisville, PA

    I disagree. Roughly three quarters of Americans get their news from local news stations on Cable, even more so with the digital transition. If we weren't spoonfed information from these cable news stations, we'd all be misinformed tea partiers! Gibbs should be ecstatic that Americans have some form of access to news, or he'd be out of a job.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  48. Judy - California

    Sorry Jack, but I think he's right. Most people are too concerned with how they are going to pay the rent or buy groceries to worry about cable news and politics, so the press must beef things up and make mountains out of molehills. The pundits do battle, and things keep getting nastier and nastier. I just wonder when someone will draw the line, and let this president get his work done. I do find politics interesting, but for this young president, the power struggle in Washington has been quite remarkable.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  49. Ron

    I agree 100%. Main stream medias audience is down significantly over the past year, while more people move to alternative news sources such as Info Wars, Drudge Report, Wiki Leaks and others, who are seeing a huge increase in their audience.

    People are starting to wake up to what is really happening in their lives and are realizing they are not getting the facts in the main stream media. People no longer want to hear about American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. Ya gotta feed us what we want, not what you think we want.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  50. Peg from N.Y.

    All I know for sure is that FOX News is not at all relevant to my vision of real America.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  51. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Jack I don't put much stock in what Robert Gibbs has to say. He is merely a puppet that the Whitehouse pulls stings on to convey the message that they want conveyed. The problem with this concept is the rest of America does not operate that way. They see and they think and they react to all sorts of information be it cable, satellite, internet news print and even broadcast television they pick up with rabbit ears. What they are seeking is the truth not the Whitehouse's perception of the truth. My advise for Mr. Gibbs it to start looking for another job because come the next presidential election he is going to need it.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  52. Ed from California

    He's absolutely right. All of Cable news viewers in total are minuscule to any of the numbers of daily Soap Operas or even Oprah. Cable news wishes they had half of the viewers Oprah has. Cable news will ask questions, but don't listen when the answer is given. It's just blah, blah, blah. Let me ask you the same question over and over again. Cable news is like a Top 40 Radio station, just keep playing the same song over and over again, even if the record has a scratch in it.

    What does America need? Jobs, right. Nobody is talking about jobs or our country's wealthy dependency, on cheap communist Chinese labor to manufacture all the products that we use everyday. And it's these same products that was made here, a long time ago.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  53. Beth

    I think they are right on cable news, and they should also say talk radio. I used to watch the political shows many years ago, but I stopped watching them because they never asked the hard questions. Now I consider them opinion shows. Usually all they are is a bunch of pundits and politicians voicing their opinions but never offering any solutions to the problems facing Americans today. If I want to know someones opinion I will ask them or read the Op-ed section in the newspaper. Plus most people nowadays are too busy with life to watch cable news. It is usually the far right and far left who spend all of their time watching cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  54. JOE CE

    CNN is the most follwed news but not everybody watches. Nobody lives at cable news. Thw Whitehouse continues to bee a little out of touch with real people.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  55. Eric - Houston

    Oh boy, the administration must really be worried about the resonance of ineffectualness, why doesn't Gibbs just blast the "effete corp of impudent snobs," invoke the "silent majority" and be done with it.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  56. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Yes. While the cable news is focusing on the alleged Tea Party movement, real Americans are having a beer and watching sports.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  57. Randy from Salt Lake City, capitol of Glenbeckistan)

    There's no such thing as "Cable NEWS." Only Cable PROPAGANDA and Cable LIES. But, that's what we'll be left with when Obama shuts down the internet.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  58. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Mr Gibbs is sufering from a severe case of the Emporer's Clothes Syndrom. Must have been out of good answers.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  59. Tina Tx

    Probably so but most people do not want to watch more govt. Instead they would rather watch more stupid movies where they see things blow up and no acting.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  60. Ed from MD

    He's close; in imaginary America all of real America does live in cable news but in real America only Jack Cafferty and Wolf Blitzer really live inside the cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  61. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    There's the draconian right, and the pounding left. Many of those on the right write books saying what's wrong during a democratic administration as the democrats attempt to fix 8 years of destructive republican administration policies. If people what to know what is possibly fair they have to read about issued beyond the headlines, skip the sound bites and propaganda driven programing.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  62. Geri

    Robert Gibbs, now talk about a befuddled person, he is it. What would he and his administration know about where all real America lives? I never watch network news, accept to watch their affiliates to get the local weather when it's storming outside. I read the headlines off vaious internet sites and still receive the local newpaper and The Economist magazine. But my favorite still is CNN and then BBC America. By the way, you have all done a great job covering every aspect of the gulf oil spill, just like you did the Haiti crisis. Kudos to your lead man on these issues, Anderson Cooper.

    Geri, Mead, OK

    June 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  63. Jack Jones

    What do the ratings say? They are full of IT again.
    This ADM would love the people not to view cable, however that won't happen unless they continue on this Argentina road – they will have revolt soon if they do not stop however. Obama would like nothing better than to be a dictator – those of us who have owned business' for years invariably say "the more they like and want control the more stupid they are" in reality.
    Jack J

    June 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  64. Dennis north Carolina

    I would agree. most americans could not tell you what is in the news on TV or Print.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  65. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, actually, yes, he is right! Real America lives in the middle of Kansas/Nebraska/Idaho on the nation's struggling farms/ranches. Real America lives in the small towns where they wonder every day if they can meet tomorrow's bills. Real America lives in the cities where the jobs no longer exist, and wonder how they are going to survive next week. Real America communicates with Washington D.C. every day, but D.C. refuses to listen, because BIG GOVERNMENT KNOWS BEST! Maybe they'll listen in November!

    June 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  66. Ken in New Baltimore

    What ;do you measn? Don't we all hang on every word from the WH and live for the moments he stutters, stammers, dodges and looks and sounds just plain stupid.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  67. Gary H. Boyd

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs comes across as a very weak sister. I wouldn't want him covering my back in a gunfight. Cable news has apparently offended the guy in the Oval Office so his mouthpiece (Gibbs) is giving 'em a hard time. It's a simple as that Jack.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  68. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I would seriously doubt that Robert Glibbs would recognize a real American if he saw one. I am willing to bet that he could not define where real America lives. If cable news is not where real Americans live then why would he ever agree to appear on a cable news network show? Is just trying to reach out to the "small" people?

    June 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  69. Eric

    Talk about the pot and the kettle. You know, maybe we would all be more interested in watching his speeches if he wasn't making so many of them. More action less talk!

    June 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  70. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It doesn’t matter who lives where, the fact is that Obama blew it big time according to everyone – including me. It was the worst speech I’ve ever seen him give and because the magic no longer resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you can’t blame either cable or broadcast news. It only looked like he could walk on water when the water was 1 inch deep. Now that the water is a mile deep, we find he can’t even swim.

    He wasn’t ready for prime time 5 years ago and he still isn’t. The job is as much over his head as it was Bush’s’ head.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  71. honest john in vermont

    He is absolutely correct. Cable News Networks try to make everything SENSATIONAL, when much of it is rather boring and inconsequential. I can't watch any more than a couple hours of Cable News per week at the very most. And Jack, if you weren't on–I'd watch it alot less.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  72. Harry Lime

    Sadly, many Americans do not care a fig about news. For those of us who do care about the news, the picture is grim. Print media is disappearing, cable news is corrupt. It's hard if not impossible to find an honest broker of news on the planet.


    June 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  73. Lori - PA


    I couldn't figure out exactly what White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs meant when he said that. So I managed to find an article that explained how Gibbs comment came about. It sounds like someone can't take criticism. Frankly, the Obama Administration deserves to be criticized. Constantly spending when everyone, including a retired Alan Greenspan, is saying you need to stop. Doing nothing to address the illegal immigration problem. Putting band aids on the unemployment problem. An oil spill that has yet to be stopped. The list goes on and on. Gibbs, it's time to listen to the criticism. It's time for the Obama Administration to change how the U.S. problems are being delt with.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  74. Mr D

    Where does Robert Gibbs live? It appears that he performs as a hand puppet and Obama is making his mouth move and out comes sound bites that ignore reality. Maybe he should check his own pulse.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  75. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, Mr. Gibbs loved it when MSNBC was its lapdog for every tingle up the leg speech. Now that Chris Matthews is ready to barf- they want to disregard the opinion.

    This is the most thin-skinned, corrupt and incompetent administration I have seen.

    Minesh Baxi- Troy, MI

    June 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  76. Chandra - Las Vegas, NV

    Gibbs is wrong, by a long shot. Cable news channels are watched by people who closely follow politics and current events. I personally find those that are uniformed and less interested only watch the evening news. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on Gibbs part, but in reality we only hope that Gibbs is really smarter than he portrays himself to be.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    Well, well, well! here the cable are again- counting President Obama down and out again. Just wait , he will come back. Sorry he cant give you all what you want every day, cant think like you want him to everyday, cant jump like you want him to every day. Sorry , sorry, sorry, sorry.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  78. Linda in Arizona

    Robert Gibbs is an arrogant, fat idiot. I have thought since his first week on the job, ("Ummmm, errrrrrrr, pause...., ummmmm, errrr") that he should be FIRED. His answers when he's cornered are always pure snark with no substance, but tons of arrogance. What he or anyone else in this clueless elitist administration would know about "where real America lives" wouldn't fill a thimble.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  79. katiec Pekin, IL

    He most certainly is, Jack.
    When not sensationalizing, cable news is pushing their own agenda. A good example is you. You now follow along with the rest of CNN in degrading our president and the democrats at every opportunity. We use to be able to expect more integrity from you.
    Study CNN's ticker headlines for a week and then try to tell us that CNN is not biased towards the right.. We no longer get unbiased, trustworthy news but whatever political party the station represents.
    At least Fox makes no effort to disguise their preferences. You others try to tell us it is news you can trust, but you do not give the American people benefit for our intelligence in realizing this is not true.
    The majority of cable news has thrown away all honor and integrity.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  80. Roberta from Los Angeles

    Local news is just that – LOCAL – with a few Nat'l News thrown in as filler. For the REAL, hard-core news, it's on CABLE. And I think MSNBC and CNN carry the best of it. But I still miss Aaron Brown...

    June 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  81. LS in Rochelle, IL

    My brother has been unemployed for over a year and had to cancel cable TV to cut expenses.
    He now finds himself living in the "real America" Gibbs is referring to.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  82. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Sure Jack, cable TV is expensive, lots of people can't afford it and its probably one of the first things to go when a household has to tighten its spending.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  83. Marlene

    I think the 24/7 news cycle does go over the top, on a daily basis, with the "spin". On, CNN for example, the exclusive banner or the breaking news banner, can run all day. Then with the admonition that we (CNN) are closely following this for you or we'll closely follow this story, or we're on it... etc., spinning the story as more important than it probably is worth. About the Presidents speech on the oil spill and the way the pundits talked on about what they wanted him to say and then he said what he did and then they opined why he didn't do it right. Right or wrong words, right or wrong emotion, specific or not – get what I'm saying. He couldn't win for losing. To much spin, not enough facts! Marlene in Mich

    June 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  84. Lene', IL

    What does anyone in Washington DC know about "Real Americans"? They can't even be bothered to listen to concerns the majority has. As far as cable news, I find they focus more on bring us sensationalism and bias and ambiguity rather than the facts, just like Obamas speeches.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  85. Dee in Woodstock GA

    Well, around our house we get our news from CNN, MSNBC, and the broadcast channels, and then try to figure out what is the real truth.

    However, if you visit any of the THOUSANDS of chat and blog sites it is clear that everyone does not get their news from the cable channels, and many do not get their news from the broadcast channels. MANY get their news from the blog sites they visit, and from other people they talk to.

    It's astonishing how many people just get their news word-of-mouth!

    And of course, it appears that almost no one reads the newspapers any more.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  86. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, the fact is that too many cable news people are seeing the truth about the "man behind the curtain" in Obama! And rather than actually come up with MEANINGFUL change, they try to blame the messenger for their own shortcomings. This will hurt Democrats come November, which may be the best thing for the country. Trying to preserve what's good for the party instead of "we the people" is the WORST that the Administration can do!!

    June 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  87. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    If he or Sarah Palin find real America, please let me know, Jack.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  88. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    If Gibbs or Palin find real America, please let me know, Jack. If it lacks cable news, I will avoid it like the plague.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  89. pat in michigan

    I think I understand his statement. We don't live at CNN or CBS etc.The Reality Jack is that the concentrated fear fest played out every minute of everyday has Americans pressed to the back of their chairs in the living room each and every day with a new crisis after every commercial break.
    A lot of America is sick of all the drama ,all the yelling,all the" know it alls "talking to hear themselves as if they are the answer to the ills of the world
    Now if you will excuse me .I would like to eat my dinner before i go back to building my bomb shelter.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  90. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    I am very disappointed that Robert Gibbs thinks I am not a real American. I try to be an informed citizen as Thomas Jefferson intended and news junkies like me spend a lot of time listening to cable news. I have hated the term "Real America" ever since Sarah Palin used it to describe anybody who disagrees with her! As a Veteran, am I any less a citizen if I am not a small town farmer?

    June 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  91. Bruce

    He is correct, but Washington DC is clearly not even in the same solar system! The day after the Obama oil speech we hear that the Coast Guard halted barge oil collection for 24 hours due to unknown numbers of life preservers!! Only by the governor going ballistic did it get resolved!! I can't fit all these examples in one page. It is FEMA type victimization of America all over again!

    June 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  92. Ralph Spyer

    Jack your on cable news; what are we chop liver ?

    June 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  93. Al Bledsoe

    He's wrong, unfortunately. But the same real people that watch cable news, eat junk food, are fat, and sometimes act stupid themselves.

    So attention dudes at cables news. You may be destroying the lives of real people by addicting them to their screens.

    Disciplined people, who have sound minds, and search for truth don't need to watch cable news - they just respond to inane questions on RSS feeds and get filtered by pampered production jerks.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  94. Mark, from Las Vegas

    Only the American Sheeple follow the Main-Stream-Media outlets. I think therefore I get my news online, talk radio, and cable news.
    The Government has dumb down our society so they can control most of us.....dare me wrong?

    June 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  95. Meg, Florida

    I believe that this is a poor excuse to try and cover up what many feel was a weak speech. I for one at some points enjoyed the speech and others did not, but there is no need to make up excuses as to why it was not rated well. The truth is that TV is where Americans get almost all of their information these days, and to say otherwise is ridiculous.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  96. Joshua of Va.

    But yet Mr. Gibbs people do watch the news. Hmmm. Is it just me or is it that more and more politicians coming out and showing that they don't really care about the american public?

    June 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  97. Gordo NJ

    Gibbs is right...the media's need to fill the airways 24/7 makes too many mountains out a few mole hills. Remember when the "news" 90% reporting and 10% opinion. Today it 's the other way around. I'm sick oft loud mouthed opinionators–no offense–telling me what to think, but unfortunately I seem to be powerless to turn it off.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  98. James Conn

    Cable news is beginning to look like they are getting their direction from the same people that publishes those magazines you see at the check-out counters. They harp about politicians but the surveys taken, which I question, is what directs their agenda's just like the politicians. Money and how to acquire it is more important than the objectives of solving and informing the people of all the real truths of just what needs to be done. One channel republican, one channel democrats, another liberals and so forth. But isn't that what news media is all about. Spreading the ideas of the owner (programming). Real news is censured for the protection of a peaceful society.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  99. Tim, Livonia michigan

    The days of getting the news at 6 are long gone.Todays pace creates a need for news when we can get to it.I find the three network's [abc,nbc and cbs ] lacking in depth and coverage of stories i want to see.Not to mention the political slant or complete omission of some news.I need the choice's of cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Ken in NC

    If real America lives, according to Palin, in Western sections of Virgina then Gibbs is right. They have to shut down the generators at night. I live in southeastern NC and I read news papaers too and if you ask which ones I will tell you "All of um".

    June 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  101. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    You know he's not right, Jack. All of America gets its news from cable, whether its FOX or CNN or MSNBC or Comedy Central. It doesn't matter. We all live in front of the TV. And cable news is where it is at. Gibbs just got caught with his lips flapping in the wind.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  102. Richard Fairview, Texas

    I don't put much stock in what Robert Gibbs has to say. He is merely a puppet that the Whitehouse pulls stings on to convey the message that they want conveyed. The problem with this concept is the rest of America does not operate that way. They see and they think and they react to all sorts of information be it cable, satellite, internet news print and even broadcast television they pick up with rabbit ears. What they are seeking is the truth not the Whitehouse's perception of the truth. My advise for Mr. Gibbs it to start looking for another job because come the next presidential election he is going to need it.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  103. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Well, I think I am a real American. I watch, and read a variety of media formats. I read more than I listen and that is because I read in quiet, the broadcast media, and the damn commercials are gettting louder and LOUDER. I can't even have control over my TV, no...don't want to live there !

    June 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  104. Meg from Troy

    I think that the 24hr news channels are out of control. They are making the news or shaping the news instead of just reporting the news. Fox is the Conservative station; MSNBC the liberal; CNN the fence sitter. I've stopped watching anybody regularly–I'm tired of the rabble-rousing that all of you do. And I do agree with Mr. Gibbs.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  105. Charlie

    Family Guy Gibbs and the President do not listen to the American People.
    He talks but he does not listen. It's his way or no way and the American Citizens will like it or else

    June 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  106. Joe Barton

    I love BP but not cable news playing my apology to BP all day 🙁

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  107. Scott

    Gibbs Gobbles a lot, that's just about it! In fact, that's all he is paid for. Who cares what he thinks.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  108. Herman Newsom

    Jack, yes Mr. Gibbs is right. Cable news is only a small sampling of where we get our information. Just look at the number of people responding to your daily polls, just a fraction of TV viewers...

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  109. William

    I think Mr. Gibbs, and the entire Obama administration is out of touch with reality. They sit in the oval room of refuge and "Peek" out the windows looking for help.


    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  110. Karen

    Jack, real America is NOT where Obama lives. Soon we will not recognize the real America the rest of us know and love..sad.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  111. Brian

    Cable news has been a failure at reporting the leak. You guys seem to be more obsessed with generating drama and impotent rage, focusing on the president's emotion and equating it to leadership, rather than doing actual reporting on the massive scientific and engineering obstacle this leak poses. If you took a few cues from your colleague Fareed Zakaria you guys could be half decent journalists instead of the hack drama queens you are right now.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  112. Philip

    I'm not sure about the term "real Americans", but I do think that the need to fill 'news' 24/7 creates more tensions than necessary.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  113. chrisbrown fl

    where does he think we live we can't afford to go to the movies

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  114. Jason Berger

    He is right and you are a grump

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  115. Kellye

    Yes Jack, most Americans get their news through sound bites in between watching American Idol. More people vote on American Idol than those who vote for their political leaders. It is a sad state of affairs. You're stuck with us news wonks....

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  116. XShanDanX

    Hurricane damage, flooding, oil spills, and now "not where real America Lives" It seems the US government doesn't consider places like Louisiana to be part of America. Maybe if they did they would send them the help they need and deserve.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  117. Carlos Perea

    Yes, but it doesn't matter. While "real" America does not live on cable TV, the small minority of Americans that bother to vote actually DO live on cable TV. It's this minority that put his boss into office.

    Miami, FL

    June 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  118. Annie, Atlanta

    It’s surprising how many people out there don’t follow news at all, let alone cable news. Of course seeing who we send to DC to represent us, maybe it’s not really all that surprising.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  119. Jules

    Are you kidding me? All of real America lives on Cable news these days since we are all unemployed and have nothing better to do while we are sending out resumes. But job or no job, I'd still watch you, Jack:)

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  120. Michael

    I agree that cable is no longer where the general public turns for the facts. The main reasons being that there is no trust of the corporations behind the headlines. The internet is a far superior source for news, and I know that there is a lot of bunk on the net, but you can read from many angles and judge for yourself, whereas on the cable news, you have whatever spin they decide to give you. Newspapers, magazines and soon enough television will become obsolete in my lifetime.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  121. linda fogle /missouri

    the cable news is the only available news anymore as the channels report nothing but entertainment & gossip!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  122. Mary Norman

    Maybe you should consider that people are frustrated,hurt and exhausted over the gulf situation. Perhaps some of us are tuning out not because we don't approve of Obama's performance, but because we can't take much more.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  123. Mike Sebahar

    Absolutely it is not where I live. You idiots fill your "24 hour" cycle with nothing but conjecture when there is real news out there. We don't want your stupid polls and the same talking heads trying to take "the pulse" of the nation. Just give us the damn news and fire all those pundits. Cafferty should be number one.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  124. Tom-California

    hardly any of america lives on cable tv news....but the noisy ones sure do (that's how they get attention)

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  125. Ramona

    Are you kidding me? Who does he think is watching the news? The few people who still have rabbit ears on their TV's? He needs to get a grip on what "the real Americans" are doing and watching. He's as big an idiot as his boss.
    R in Oregon

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  126. Arie Haze

    Cable is not affordable for everyone. Many of my friends cannot afford cable.

    I would say that many great, intelligent people (who can't afford cable, but still care about the issues) would want to see updates and news on local networks.

    Real Americans come in all economic classes, not just middle and up!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Steve in Athens

    As far as the president feeling that American's don't live on cable news; I just spend three days with my family on vacation in Myrtle Beach before it too is covered in oil. I am a news junkie and had no idea the president was going to address the nation. Sadly, I looked around the various websites and found very little about what he said. He is right, we live in different places, and he no longer is important to me.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Mary Jane

    What is becoming painfully, patently clear is that if anyone does NOT know where America lives, it is President Obama and his surrogate, Robin Gibbs.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  129. Judith Meidinger

    Yes, he's right. Cable news attracts political junkies (like us, Jack), while "the real people" try to keep their heads above water.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  130. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't the primary news stations ABC, NBC, and CBS still tops in all ratings and have the vast majority of viewers day in and day out over cable?

    If so, then Gibbs is correct and you shouldn't take it so personal Jack, cable is still the guest quarters out back and I visit every day.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  131. S Durham

    I voted for President Obama and I have full confidence in him BUT.

    does Mr. Gibbs really think that the "real" America, with all of our problems and erratic schedules think that we can set our watch to network news in order to be informed?

    Please....his comment is insulting my intelligence.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  132. Bernard

    Jack, the majority of America is working during the day so it is technically correct to say that it doesn't live on cable news. Stop making mountains out of really small molehills.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  133. L.A.Ward

    Today with cable and satelite people rarely watch "local channels" and these are driven by the cable and satelite lead stories. It's interesting that he feels we don't live there UNLESS he has a message he wants disseminated. THEN he picks his cable channel to reach HIS audience.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Bob Abston


    I am compromising my decision to stop responding to your stupid questions for what reason, I do not know. But to be honest, the reason I stopped responding was because cable news is no longer where I live.


    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  135. Jack van Dijk [Vandyke]

    Indeed, America does not live on cable/TV, Gibbs was right. I think you Cafferty do live on cable TV, I do not think that you, or any of the media people know how and where real people live and how they live. You just look at them. The biggest problem with you'all is that you just blab along, words, words words, but no deeds.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  136. Ryan Q. of Denver

    I don't feel that we live solely on cable news, the internet and social media are nearly as important now as the advent of television was to newspapers 60 years ago. Furthermore, anyone in business knows that delegation and accountability are how things are done, Obama himself cannot plug the gusher, and this response is already bigger than one man, president or not.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  137. Kate Bacon

    Let's face it, when you have news on several cable channels and they all need to fill time 24/7, a lot of mountains are made of mole hills when breathless reporters (told to be breathless by the consultants who tell you it worked in Chicago) beat a story to death. That atmosphere breeds self-importance on the part of the cable news presenters and producers. Real America is too busy just trying to get the facts and keep a roof over their heads to follow every turn of the cable news shows.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  138. Holly

    Sadly, based on what I hear from friends and colleagues, America does not live with any kind of news, cable or otherwise. However, don't you dare take away "American Idol" or "America's Got Talent." (Shouldn't that be "America Has Talent" Oh, never mind.)

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  139. Jo Richardson-Cornell, M.A.; J.D.

    Yes, Gibbs is right. If you want the real news read Economist
    magazine. That is, if any Americans out there still read. Jo, Beverly Hills, CA.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  140. Wanda Jobe

    I wonder where this President lives, not on main street America. Our family had seven family restaurants here in California but believe me the stimulas money has not helped us, we have closed four locations and wonder when the final three will collapse. I believe you should have to run a small business, and be successful before being allowed to run for the highest " business "in the World the PRESIDENT. writing from Tulare County California where the unemployment is over twenty per-cent. Keep us informed we need it....thanks Wanda Porterville California

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  141. Martha Campbell

    Since real America is not watching CNN..who do you think is going to answer this question...Cable News America...Get Real Jack

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  142. Bob Miami Beach, FL

    Of course he is right Jack. If America were glued to cable TV it would be far better informed. Voters thus far this year have not been very bright, nominating an unknown guy in So. Carolina who is charged with an indecency charge and Tea Partiers who want to roll back Social Security and Civil Rights laws.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  143. Tony


    To an extent.

    Cable News focus is primarily National and International. People tend to gravitate to local TV, Radio and Newspapers for news about "where they live." Smart people use both.

    As for Gibbs, his remark should be taken with a large grain of salt as Cable news slammed the President's speech.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  144. Charles Martinez

    Gibbs is correct. Most Americans are still surviving on news print as well as basic digital over the air television. Most intellects will confess that they do not have cable television because of the filth and persuasion. If you want the "real Americans" step into a local Cafe, you will get your real Americans.

    Charles M.
    Clovis, Ca

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  145. Carla Williams

    Yes, the White House is correct that cable news if not indicative of the average American. It is indicative of Americans who have too much time on their hands. I enjoy CNN and MSNBC, but I also realize that most Americans do not have the time to stay glued to the TV.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  146. Ruth

    Shame on us that we Americans don't even listen to our president's speech after the greatest environmental disaster in our history. Seems like we're going the way of the Romans.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  147. Sue

    I think the press secy is right. The general public have their own survival on their minds. People didn't watch Obama's speech because they are tired of watching 24/7 about the oil spills. Of course the oil spill is a horrible tragedy but...

    Let's face it, thanks to the media Obama won't be allowed to survive and the nation to flourish. What a shame!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  148. Patricia Walsh

    While the press must present the failures and success of our government, I agree with Gibbs. While CNN is the most balanced, the cable news channels have become more and more like tabloids. It's as if they skip the details and complexities to display headlines like the rags at the supermarket check out line. We are bombarded with pure sensationalism verses solid reporting.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  149. Ron Klein - Aventura, FL

    Actually, he is right.

    If you ask around, you will find that many people do not watch cable news. In my family, about 1/3 of my relatives watch cable news. They have varying reasons as to why or why not. Obviously, I do..

    Thanks Jack

    June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  150. Duane

    Not where all of real America lives... I agree because we cant afford the cable bill anymore.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  151. Sandy

    Gibbs is wrong. Plenty of people get their news–and everything else–on cable.

    Notice how he didn't address the substance of the question (about Obama?). Typical–deflect the question instead of answering it.

    Reminds me of his boss.

    Lewisville, Texas

    June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  152. d. smith

    uhh, Robert, um, Gibbs would'nt um, know a uhh, real American if uhh, one um, bit him uhh, on uhh, the face!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  153. Claire, Melbourne FL

    He's quite right Jack....only the Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh types are foaming at the mouth- they brought us this disaster – I'm glad the President is so busy trying to fix the myriad of problems he inherited that he doesn't have time to play to the press. He leaves that to Robert Gibbs.

    I'd like to know how would McCain / Palin have handled all these problems?!?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  154. Kathy Elphick

    Yes. Jack he is right. I'm a little shocked at how hard you have been lately on our President. He didn't sign on to be CEO, COO, CFO or any other kind of officer for BP. It isn't like he wasn't handed enough problems from his predessor. It just keeps piling on. I think he is doing all he can, after all he is the President of the United States of America, not king of the world. Le'ts get a little perspective. As for the economy it depends on where you live. Where we live, it is better, we are having some work done on our home and every contactor we've spoken with says things are better than they were two years ago.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  155. Barbara Gaillard

    While cable news reflects a good cross-section of America, some of the most intelligent people I know do not own a TV, therefore they do not watch cable news. I wish that our leaders could better divorce themselves from "popular" opinion because usually it consists of rhetoric and soundbites and not much thought. BTW - I didn't watch the speech.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  156. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, I hate to burst your bubble, but Gibbs is right. Few people out here have time to sit down and devote hours watching cable news in order to get a little news. It's much easier to see a half-hour of local news and a half-hour of national news, and get on with chores. Cable news is a nicety that a lot of people can't afford.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  157. Shawn

    Yes Jack, I think Mr. Gibbs is certainly correct. We may watch cable news, but in the end, I think Americans base their decisions about our elected officials on their own independent analysis.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  158. docb


    Think that they have a point- most people are too busy raising a family or making a living to camp at a cable site. There may be time for local news and weather-and what ever they report from the networks on the national level. If they have children the kids get the remote unless sports are on!

    I selectively edit –seldom watch the nets–mostly international or NPR, BBC, and the others. They tell the truth and I do not have to factcheck them everytime! Have only watched Fox for 'House'! The same with most of my constituents. patients, and friends! Can not remember having a real conversation regarding some news item from cable except when it is looped and people are irritated by the shallowness of the content!

    Maybe that accounts for the drop in viewership across the board!

    Maybe they have a point!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  159. William

    While a shrinking majority DO get their news from cable TV, I think he has a point. Often pundits spend more time trying to make the news rather than report it, drumming up conflict for the sake of ratings. There is little journalistic integrity anymore since the corporatizing of news. There used to be journalistic standards. Not so much anymore. For proof look at fox news, which should be more honestly labeled the Rupert Murdoch channel. How much influence do YOUR bosses have over what you are allowed to say or speak about? To what standards do they measure?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  160. Catie

    Sorry Jack. I have to agree with Gibbs on this one. I have several of my friends are political junkies - from both sides of the isle - and all of them are disgusted with the cable media always telling viewers what to think. I agree with them.

    The rest of my friends don't watch cable news and couldn't name two cable news pundits. They, clearly, do not care what cable news talkers have to say about anything. I agree with them as well.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  161. eric

    really, Jack? youre asking cable news viewers to comment on a comment about cable news viewers? when did you stop being a journalist, Jack? i agree with the viewer suggestion of a day or so ago, please go back to Faux News already.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |

    JACK: I get my news from CNN all day long, But I don't know too many people that watch the news as much as I do. Some only watch it at 6pm local news.But I am retired. I didn't watch the news as often when I was working. Jack who are the FEDS. I hear about them but who are they??? what are their names????Please!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  163. Maggie D.

    Robert Gibbs is absolutely right.

    As the current generation of Americans grows more savvy about the tactics and innate bias of all the news media networks on TV, they're turning more and more to the internet. Of course the TV viewership is down. People have gone online, where they can watch the speech streamed live and discuss what's going on with others everywhere around the world. They can factcheck line by line, or argue with each other about what they perceive.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  164. tom linn

    Is it really fair to ask that question on a cable network show?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  165. Jim Blevins

    Absolutely. While I go out of my way to get the best news I can, Most people will, at most get their news from the networks. Most often they get their news by word of mouth. So while I think it important that CNN produce good objective news, I know that most peoples opinions are based on what their friends think.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  166. Carla Williams

    I agree with the White House that cable news and all that it entails is not indicative of the average American. It is indicative of Americans who have too much time on their hands. I like CNN and MSNBC, but also realize that the average person cannot stay glued to the TV 24 hours a day!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  167. Greg

    I watch the news sometimes but it does not form my opinion, I sit back and let the president do his job, I partly blame the media for some of the problems this country is in, its always doom and gloom, i'm sure some are secretly wishing the oil spill doesnt get stoped anytime soon or the economy doesnt pick up becuase after all it seems doom and gloom is what the news is about these days. Thats why in the real world that only includes snippets of cable, the president is doing and ok job.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  168. CPNETX

    I agree, cable news is not "where all of real America lives”—most are @ work during the day trying to make ends meet and put food on the table. At night they are trying to figure out how to make it day-to-day or escape all the negativity.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  169. Alex

    'Real America' really doesn't care about the opinions perpetuated by you and your cable news networks. Just like every news network in this country, CNN has its own agenda and only cover news that follows its narrative. That's why our press freedom was recently ranked 20th in the world alongside Luxemborg and Jamaica.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  170. Bryan Vogel

    Mr. President I do live on cable news and so do most Americans of course we can't all live high on a throne in an Ivory Castle, and I'm not talking about the White House.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  171. Patty R.

    Who cares where we 'live?' What's important is what we think – and that our beliefs are accurately portrayed.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  172. Get Real

    Anyone who does think the 'Real America' doesn't live on cable TV doesn't have known how to use the remote. Try it Jack, make a gaff and check tomorrow if you have a job, your own talk show, an offer to run for senate or a lawsuit. The problem is the reverse, life is imitating art.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  173. Connor Langer

    I've heard a lot in the news about the 'real America' and 'real Americans'. Whether or not what Gibbs said is true, I'd prefer to have a definition of what defines 'real America', or 'real Americans.'

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  174. Clarence Maloney

    Yes, because America does not live in nor understand the enormity of the energy and climate issue. Obama did not even mention climate, or warming, or Co2, or ocean acdity, or how 9-10 billion people in our children's lifetime will exist with our habits of consumption and waste.. He did not call the nation to change its lifestyle (i.e. gasoline at $10 a gallon as in most "developed" countries). We are still waiting for leadership on this most important of all issues.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  175. John Briem Wasaga Beach, Ontario

    He's right "All of America" does NOT live on cable news, but what he needs to know is that "All of America" are frequent visitors to cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  176. doug olshewski


    I am retired and spend a great deal of time watching the American political scene. I was having lunch with a like minded friend yesterday, whom I hadn't seen in 6 months. We both commented on the change in CNN. The Anti-Obama change. Frankly, I am sick of it and the only thing that separates CNN from FOX is that your only a little more subtle in your desire to destroy this President. Bush got a six year honeymoon and if any guest dared criticize him he was ostracized by your host. I did have a great deal of respect for the opinions of David Gurgen but I see you have co-opted him too! He who pays the Piper.

    Anyway, no more watching CNN for four hours a day. I think I'll try ABC, CBS or another network. Hopefully, I"ll get some objective reporting.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  177. Stefon


    I don't believe I've heard you say one nice thing about our president. Listening to cable news one would think the President does nothing right, yet he's doing so much for the country. Cable news should go back to reporting the news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  178. Susan Davis

    Judging from the success of Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and Lost, most Americans still just watch the 6 oclock news before Wheel of Fortune and then the 11 oclock news before Letterman.

    I beleive Gibbs is statistically correct. Maybe he should learn how to Tango and hit Prime Time.

    Clearwater Fl

    June 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  179. Billy Smith Ft.Lauderdale

    This administration has proven they are completely disconnected from the people time and time again. They know darn well the people are watching more than ever (on cable news channels) as it becomes more and more obvious they are inept.
    Not even the channels in his corner like CNN can hide his disasterous results anymore.

    Billy Smith

    June 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  180. Greg Rhudy

    Obama is making war against anyone who disagrees with him just like Alolf Hitler did. History does repeat itslef. Obama does not like Jews or Bankers, when in fact now we know that Liberal Democrates fairness in housing acts caused the morgage meltdown. That means that every loan on a home made with less than a 20% down payment caused this financial crisis. This was known before the election.

    Thank goodness for Rush Limbau,because he had it right all along!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  181. RickFromDetroit

    Robert Gibbs is right! The real America is a bunch of self centered, greedy brats who's only concern is their own personal selves, and I am not excluding our Elected Officials who have devoted their political careers to passing laws that benefit themselves more than the majority of the citizens of this country.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  182. Dennis. S.

    Jack CNN is the best all the news all the time, even if you come home late you will not miss a thing,we all kno wthat even th eones that virw CNN now and than,we that watch all the time every day know better.So Robert Gibbs is just making stuff up as he goes along.To say anything about CNN and other carbon copy brodcasts well Robert Gibbs is way off, Yhis type of comment will just not work for him.........

    June 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  183. Anne

    With regard to the comments by Gibbs, he is right on target. You news people move your mouths to fill time and to create controversy, regardless of the damage done. You talk to hear yourselves talk, and very seldom is the news delivered without an overdose of your very biased opinions. You are part of the problem with politics in this country, and part of the reason we have little faith in what the "talking heads" have to say. If there is not a crisis, you invent one. How nice it would be to hear the news without the editing done by those of you with such large egos.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  184. XShanDanX

    Maybe more Americans should read more newspapers instead, when they are done we could use them to soak up the oil..

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  185. Pat from CT

    Pundits live on cable, people live in houses. We go to work daily, earning enough to eat, shelter ourselves, and watch TV to tell us how things are going. But your are not correct when you say Obama did not speak to us. Perhaps why you did not understand how direct he was to us, is that he was talking to us and NOT you. He was reassuring. He took action whether it was what you call wrong or not in obtaining BP's money for those hurting worse than any others. Ask them whether they think BP was strong-armed. Those comments will probably not make it on Cable.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  186. Amy

    Yes, I agree with him 100%. The media spot lights those people who yell , complain and cry the loudest. And unfortunately there are a lot of politicians who put on their superhero facades in hopes to get into that spotlight as well. In the meantime, those Americans who are patiently waiting in the background, whose needs are great, seem to be neglected. I wish someone would slip into that invisible space and do what is needed for them, even though they realize that those with selfish voices may condemn them.

    Ellicott City, MD

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  187. Elle

    Yes, he is right. Cable "news" is entertainment and a "business" that needs to generate viewers. Often it does that by being inflammatory.
    Unfortunate, it takes advantage of Americans' legitimate dissatisfaction with things, and focuses it on whatever targets it can, fairly or unfairly. Critics' complaints are all over the map and often contradictory.
    From complaining about his emotional state to his failure to personally micromanage the gulf cleanup-all of these complaints are generated to fill air time and keep pundits employed

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  188. Melanie Seigle

    Yes, Gibbs is correct. I think the situation in the Gulf is horrendous,but i do not think the Administration is being fairly judged. Some events are not solved instantly. The Administration has no expertise on killing the well, nor apparently do any of the oil companies. This situation of cutting corners (i.e. no relief wells) is part of the now familiar story-Enron, Goldman-Sachs, etc. Greed, reckless regard for the "small people".

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  189. Seymour Krout

    You gentlemen of the cable networks have my sympathy. You have to fill 24 hours of time, 12 hours are repeats of the first 12 hours. The remaining 12 hours are hard news repeated several time during the 12 hours. The commentators have to fill their hour and for the most part it is a rehash of the news and an attempt to bring something new to the table even if in many instances it does not add anything to the hour. It is very seldom that we seem to get any independent thinking and an in depth new view of what is going on and what it could mean.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  190. Barbara in Issaquah

    Some of the best informed people I know do not even own a TV and they are quite real. I appreciate a good news program but I'd like to see our leaders divorce themselves from too much "public opinion". The polls seem to capture only senseless rhetoric and not much thought.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  191. ann perry

    A stupid question get a stupid answer.I am so sick of everybody running down everybody.Nobody can do anything to please all the people.President Obama is all least trying. That better than we had last 8 years.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  192. Donna

    In my opinion, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is extremely out of touch with "real America." He's been in the Government Bubble too long. He thinks "all of real America" lives in non-cable TV shows? I see some posts bashing cable news, but I do get more real news from CNN than I do network TV news. Thanks goodness for fast forward, though. In general, when news became a profit center, the shows lost all objectivity. I long for the old days of just the news, just the facts, no analysis, no pundits, no fluff.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  193. Deidra

    The White House could not be more wrong. The majority of the people I know are big cable news watchers. I listen to CNN news from the time I wake up until I go to bed. The White House seems to be way out of touch with the american people and this becomes more clear to me every day.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  194. Jerry

    Mr. Gibbs doesn't live in reality. Nightly news worship's the ground Oboma walks on. Real Americans are watching cable news to get the "real story". I just wish Mr. Gibbs would do the same as well as the "Czars" in the White House.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  195. Winnie in Maryland

    So few people tuned into President Obama's speech because it was not a topict the majority are very interested in. The majority of people I talk to are not that worried about it because it is not at their doorstep and they don't particularly like to talk about it. I'm worried about the Gulf and the whole East Coast but most people look at me like I'm crazy when I say that. I think we've only seen the tip of the iceburgh and haven't heard most of the horror stories to come,

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  196. David

    Without journalist we would have incorrect information flowing left and right. I put my buck with CNN. Cable or on a video projector in my house, I want the story, and not the way the government chooses to deliver it. We the people must respect these journalist, they are like scientist in a way, they deliver the truth and the facts. Cable is a go for me. Plus when it works for Obama we all know he will milk cable TV till the lights go out!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  197. Roger - Arizona

    The situation room is the only news I watch, except early morning on a local channel to see the weather and traffic. They giggle, yell, and think they are comedians, what a pain. I find out all need to know on your show. Congratulations on your peabody award Wolf. Jack I like your groaner jokes.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  198. Sonceraee Yeldell

    Cable news is no longer where I live. You have begun to mix news and opinion. The last straw was making the gulf oil spill about President Obama's showing emotion, not emphasizing that he visted within a week and the federal presence from the beginning. You are becoming more like FOX. You make news not report news. I've switched to C-SPAN in the morning and HLN.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  199. Karl from SF, CA

    I'll watch cable news but only for specific shows, like you Jack, but I get more out of the local channels that cover a wider range of topics. Cable, no offense, seems to run one or two stories into the ground and forget the rest of the world. Most Americans I know watch the local along with cable, except for the FOX News fans I know. Fox is their only source of anything, sad to say, and it's all brainwash.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  200. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Our leaders all live in a surrealistic world. Few, if any of them have ever had a situation of being homeless, unemployed, in prison, hospitalized with a critical life-threatening condition. Media is no different. Just look at Rush, who has his choice of multi-million dollar 'castles' or Oprah...

    By the way, Jack...?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  201. David

    Without journalist we would have incorrect information flowing left and right. I put my buck with CNN. Cable or on a video projector in my house, I want the story, and not the way the government chooses to deliver it. We the people must respect these journalist, they are like scientist in a way, they deliver the truth and the facts. Cable is a go for me. Plus when it works for Obama we all know he will milk cable TV till the lights go out!

    Miami, Fl.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  202. Tony Turnbull

    I wonder how real they think we will be at the next election. Were else are we suppose to get our news, the white house website? I trust information from them less than I do that drunk guy I pass on the way to my real job every day. The politicians are getting nervous that the "average Joe" is getting better informed, this threatens their ability to pull the wool over our eyes. I am a real voter, with real concerns, and I intend to stay with CNN to make sure I am informed with the "real facts". I am offended by the thought that I am less of a citizen because I watch cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  203. Russ in Longmeadow, MA

    Jack, Gibbs is so right, and this comes from one of your loyal CNN watchers. Folks who want to remain well-informed watch CNN and other reputable cable news networks; however, for those of us who choose to make fully informed decisions and assessments of local, state, and federal happenings throughout the country, we couple our thoughts with a good sampling of ALL newscasts and read all of the fine print in hard copy news. Indeed, this requires a delicate balance, but the well-informed and judicious newscasts watchers/listeners avoid relying on only one or two so-called "informed sources." If I should ever want to tip the scale to the totally bizarre side of the scale, I force myself to watch Fox News - now that's an eye-popping experience if there ever was one in cable news broadcasting. Thanks to you and Wolf for challenging all of us to think sensibly and listening fully to all sides.

    Russ in Longmeadow, MA

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  204. Donte'

    Jack, Gibbs is absolutely right! Many of my colleagues do not rely on cable news and fluff material to say we are informed. Real Americans read the WSJ and related prints, local newspaper, and occasionally watch sports during the President speech. We all, ultimately, make our own conclusions on perplexed subjects rather than letting news pundits dictate them. All the couch potatoes rely on cable and McDonalds.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  205. Carlo

    Neither this network, nor other "critics" have the solution for the spewing oil. Of course that does not stop the dizzying array of "left vs right" talking heads from the "best political Team on Television" from offering their informed opinions from the inside-the-beltway intelligensia...The irony is that Obama's approval rating from CNN's poll was below 50% in November. It's above 50% now. I would not know this from Jack's commentary. As Obama said to the media: "I'm not as popular as I used to be....but, then...neither are you!".

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  206. Anne Drover

    If I thought real America lives on Cable news, I'd tell us all to get a life. I enjoy watching CNN but I use many other sources, other than television, to make judgments on issues. By the way, I did watch President Obama's press conference and I am one of those who liked what he said. I think we've become a nation of people who love to hate our president and constantly grumble about him. President Bush had to listen to the same nonsense. Oh, to be as perfect as those who sit in judgment!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  207. Jason

    Yes and yes. If everyone were as polarized as the personalties on cable news, nothing would ever get done. Real America is more like John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, laughing at the lack of real dialogue on cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  208. marjorie

    I agree with the White House - not everyone is disgruntled. The people who respond to your blogs are much more angry than the average citizen. If you listen to cable, the tone is louder (literally) with shouting and emotion from people like you and Glenn Beck.

    CNN used to be more sophisticated, but that doesn't appeal to listeners who might bore easily and could go to Fox. They want drama. I don't forget–your newscast is more like a TV reality show than real life.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  209. Susan Davis

    Gibbs is correct.

    Last time I checked the Cartoon Network had higher ratings than any of the cable news networks.


    June 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  210. Robert

    He is absolutely right. You guys are sensationalists who care more about ratings and making a few bucks for your advertisers than you do about engaging in meaningful discourse – even when your country is on the brink and needs our "4th branch" more than ever. Even CNN, who I admire for playing the middle ground, will have a rocket scientist pitted against a flat Earth Earth Society member and call that a balanced discussion. Give me a break. Oh and by the way, what happened to all of those petroleum industry ads you guys used to run nonstop that mysteriously disappeared after the gulf oil disaster? Why don't we talk about that? Seems to be a story there.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  211. Lynne Skinner

    I wonder how many are judging the president by what he said/believes and how many are judging him because he is a Democrat and not a Republican. When will the American people put aside politics and try to work together for the good of the whole country and not for the political parties.
    I think President Obama has been very wise in his handling of this affair so far.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  212. dennie

    While I think real Americans don't rely solely on cable news networks for their information, the White House would be a fool to think real Americans don't watch it at all. Maybe he's simply implying a wish that "real Americans" don't watch cable news at all? Now that all the school girl gaga-gushing of Obama has slowed down that is.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  213. donna n

    The news has been so bad lately that most people need a tranqualizer after watching all the screw ups that have are going on in the world. What makes me really mad is that Obama continues to intertain his 'Rock Star" friends at our expense ,when most people are wondering if they will be able to pay their morgages. Cable news is the only news I watch....all the other stations are a bunch of fluff. Might as well red the Inquirer .

    June 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  214. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY


    Congratulations ! Your question reaffirms that the worst reponse to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been the media's.
    Day after day, viewers are subjected to media diatribes that pontificate about the President's reaction to cable news or whether he offers enough displays of public emotion.
    Dust off your journalism degree – it's probably under the latest edition of National Enquirier – and offer up some content, like how lax federal legislation of the oil industry got us into this mess.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  215. John

    I think cnn should have a pole: Do you live on cable tv? yes or no?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  216. Vincent at the University of Florida

    Cafferty, with the growth of the Internet as a democratizing agent, I believe that in general people are beginning to feel that the typical Cable News agenda does not reflect the interests of the 'average' American. With regard to Obama's low address ratings, I believe that this is a case of 'learned helplnessness', to steal a term from pyschology, in which Americans feel like that they no longer in control of the political machine and can't simply do anything about it. The result: people tune out.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  217. Cheryl Arbon

    Jack, I'm from Southeast Louisiana and voted for Obama and change. A few months ago I started to doubt that he was as different as I thought he would be. Sixty days ago I began to doubt his credibility. Several things in the last few weeks have convinced me that he is totally our of touch with reality! Of course the majority of Americans watch both local and cable news. Speaking only for myself, as did Rep./Oil Patsy Joe B. I am sorry! I'm sorry I voted for a president who has no clue about how to handle this catastrophe! He totally blew any chance of ever getting another vote from when I heard his speech from the oval office! Both he and his press secretary are in complete denial about his fading popularity!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  218. Tim Wilson

    Jack, all of the moaning on cable news about what Obama has or has not done is tiresome and useless. Until someone can tell me what Obama is actually supposed to do to stop the leak, I'll be tuning out cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  219. David

    I don't think we live on cable news, We are too busy trying to find a job and raise our children. Wolf Blitzer makes me sick, why cover an Arizona law that 57% of people want anyway. If you want a story....try covering the 40 years of tree-hugging environmental agenda that pushed the oil companies off dry land. that is where the real blame is

    June 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  220. Benjamin Parish, South Central Pennsylvania

    Well, MSNBC politicizes the center-left to the far left; CNN politicizes the center left to the center right and Fox News politicizes the center right to the far right of the political spectrum. I see CNN moving slowly away from the Authoritarian aspect of the political spectrum, as well as Fox News; however more rapidly – MSNBC is becoming far more of a Authoritarian than before, on a overall view of their news coverage and politics. So with all of that said, I would say that if Cable News is not where most " real Americans " live, then i'm not sure If they are alive at all. Ron Paul For President 2012. 😉

    June 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  221. Gail, Plano TX

    Jack: Robert Gibbs is not right. Cable news has become a staple of American life. Whether that is a good thing or not only history will tell. So far, u and CNN are not hitting the ball out of the park inasmuch as all but 3 incumbents are in the races in 2010. Which only goes to show u that u can lead a horse to water, but cannot make him drink.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  222. Dr Williams

    Dear John,
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING?! RIGHT? You want a response from people watching CABLE NEWS to your comments regarding the White House suggesting that ALL AMERICA is not CABLE NEWS? RIGHT. I'm sure that poll will be highly scientifically significant. The only ones to respond will be those watching your idot request.
    Lynda Williams

    June 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  223. Guy DiTorrice

    Not likely because most of us (even working two jobs seven days a week) CAN'T afford cable! Guess the same is true for mainstream print media, the television networks and all the other commercial news outlets, right?

    If you don't agree with what you hear, you just diss it, right?

    Wrong on both counts and the White House needs to start taking some reality pills versus the 'dreamland kool-aid' that keeps showing them all is well and getting better!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  224. Mark,Lubbock,Tx.

    Is he right?...My goodness is he awake?The majority of America get's there news from Cable TV and apparently the White House does not...Mr.Gibbs seems to reflect the mood of this administration and that would be an uniformed one.Someone please send the White House a brochure on the choices of Cable affiliates in the D.C. area and perhaps they too could become as well informed as the "majority of american's"...Good job Jack...

    June 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  225. Cosby Johnson

    To answer your question, the press secretary is right , not all Americans are represented my cable news, but I do think that it is funny that you Jack always bring up the presidents poll numbers. Pres Reagan poll numbers in his second year was in the tank, with the nation in better shape that it is right now, but he was reelected to a second term. I did not hear you say anything about George W Bush in the middle of his first term when his poll numbers were high, We he was laying out the ground work for the worse presidency in history. I think that some of you in the press think you know more that really you do.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  226. Cheryl

    This American watches cable news. They have the best, most up-to-date coverage with reporters who actually know what they're talking about. Get with the program!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  227. Tony Turnbull

    I wonder how real they think we will be at the next election. Were else are we suppose to get our news, the white house website? Thats like letting the used car salesman pick out your car. The politicians are getting nervous that the "average Joe" is getting better informed, this threatens their ability to pull the wool over our eyes. I am a real voter, with real concerns, and I intend to stay with CNN to make sure I am informed with the "real facts". I am offended by the thought that I am less of a citizen because I watch cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  228. shawn in az

    hello john,anyone that watches fox news all day or msnbc all day is going to be brain washed.fox news is a 24 hour hate machine.the real question is where was the gop when Bush was pres.anyone with any common sence knows Bush was the worst pres in u.s. history.i for one lost everything under Bush and i well never forget.never ever forget.to me pres Obama is great comparerd to the bush administration.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  229. joseph

    Although Gibbs is right it isn't to his credit. Main stream media is dieing and alternative media is on the rise like wikileaks and infowars and cable news is simply in denial, attempting to discredit this movment as fringe and very segmented. Both the white house and big media are out of the loop. They have shut themselves off to the public and rather them remedy these problems they attempt to control them like the bitartisan move to control the internet. These actions are moving from frustrating to dangerous.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  230. Jim

    Real America has finally woke up I think, we are the ones that have worked and paid for everyone else that was out protesting during the Bush yers. The protesters have finnaly woke up also, and found out that there is no real free lunch, no matter who you vote for! Andf I think they will stay home in November this time!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  231. Jerry

    Jack, I got big news for you,Its just the Obama team trying to change the world to their extreme liberal proggresive world, and in this process they ignore the rest of the United States and the majority of the people in the United States.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  232. daniel boston ma

    Couldnt have put it better. People feel if they catch the 6 news, listen, and form an opinion they know the facts. WRONG! Cable news is just one of our false senses of security and trust!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  233. Don in NY

    Jack, I wish you could get over yourself and not whine so much. Obviosly, by my response to your question, you know I'm a viewer, but I get views and news from many sources. I even listen to the right-wing goose stepping radio thought police. Think of the Administration as the fire brigade and you and your collegues as reporters on the non-responder side of the caution tape. Report. Spout your opinion, if you must. But try not to get in the way of elected representatives doing their utmost.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  234. Manny

    Yes, Gibbs is right. However, by posting your "Question of the Hour" on cable news, you are going to get skewed results to your question.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  235. Bobby Lawlor

    I consider myself a real American, and I stay on top of the news on cable as just about everyone I know does. We've all been waiting for the President to come out with emotion and force like he did when he was campaigning for President. We still are waiting. I give him credit for making the deal guaranteeing money from BP, but miss the fire which could have gone along with it. Seeing him in the Roosevelt room for the conference with BP, a picture of Teddy on his horse in the background, we wanted some of that rough rider leadership from O. He was very complacent. I voted for the President.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  236. Khurram

    Well what can I say, I have to google anything I hear from cable news to validate it.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  237. Get Real

    Jack? Please let me know where I can find this thing you and Mr. Gibbs are referring to called 'cable news'. Right now I have to find my own by filtering through an endless barrage of slanted and biased opinion. it would make more sense if each news channel spoke a different language or was based in a different country... that might account for all the staggering difference in what each is reporting as news. Then again, few have the attention span or interest for pure news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  238. Kevin

    Who cares? The Obama presidency ended in the rain and lightning on Memorial Day in Chicago. Not that every president has been at Arlington on Memorial Day but Obama needed to be. It shows he does not care about "All Americans" only "His Americans" and that is not a racial statement. The minute he lost his absolute majority in the Senate and soon in the house his base started to erode and his move to the center was stalled by not being bipartisan on anything. In boxing terms he is a president with no right a weakening left and an open chin in the middle. Give him the 10 count.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  239. Joan Christiansen

    He's right and why? is not surprising. I watch a lot of news but do get sick of listening to 24 hour news reporting. I think it could be called "sensationalized" reporting depending on the network. I've lived long enough to understand there are two sides to every story and I appreciate when that type of discussion is presented to me. I can draw my own conclusions.

    I think as Americans we need to do a little bit of our own research. Don't listen to your neighbor....be responsible enough to read and make decisions based on your own conclusions that way you can't blame someone else if it leads to trouble.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  240. Heather Rudin Lancaster, CA

    I'm glad there's cable news. The local stations have no in-depth coverage of anything except sports. There's almost nothing about the oil crisis and I think the White House is glad that most people depend on their local networks. After all, getting the story in its entirty is something most people don't want to hear. It's too depressing and rather than be informed, many people just choose not to change channels. Keep up the good work.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  241. Bob in NC

    Gibbs is a specialist in spin – and misinformation. Didn't he say that the oil leak was 5,000 ft above the ocean's surface? 'bout time the administration get as real as viewers of cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  242. wiseirishwoman

    I've always wondered one someone says "real American" – what IS a "real" American? If "real Americans" live on Cable TV then they need ot "get a life". One could not be "real" if one lived on Cable TV. One would have to be like the little boy in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" where he was shrunk to fit the TV. In that case one would be a fictional American. Hmmm, maybe that's what we are?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  243. Nancy

    Yes Jack,he's right.
    I watch news once a week, no more.

    With the constant war of concepts and personalities on cable, I need time to think about what I heard,and remain calm

    A constant cable watcher can't think.

    When I remember the Bush years I thank whatever powers that be we have a President who thinks.......Right or wrong is up to me,not cable.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  244. Bob Shockley

    Yes , I think Gibbs is right...you guys get a story and ride it to death...to get a real feel for what going on you have to view local and national networks...I watch CNN everyday..but also other networks...PBS is really the best for unbias news...

    June 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  245. Meg, Florida

    I think that's an extremely poor excuse to cover up what many consider a weak speech. Today, most Americans get almost all information from the TV, not from things like reading, so it's ridiculous to say otherwise. Just because the president's speech got low ratings doesn't mean one should go searching for such bad excuses as to why.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  246. katiec Pekin, IL

    If cable ever questioned or fact checked they would get a little more creditibility. A s it is they headline their favorites, dramatize nonsense and push their bias.
    If they allowed viewers the opportunity to make up their own minds, giving the right and left views equally there would be more interest and respect. As it is you try to push your beliefs down our throats, constantly headline the radicals and fail the American people.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  247. Thomas in Tx.

    I can't speak for the rest of "real America", but every time I go to the doctor or anywhere else that has a tv blaring , Fox News is always on.But Texas is The Heart of Democracy, right?right?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  248. ~BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa~

    Yes. He's right. I only listen to Wolf. Otherwise it's BBC World Service Radio, or National Public Radio. I can't take cable's frenetic pace, shouting, arguing, and frequent, loud commercials.

    I'm assuming that "real" America means civilized America. The Situation Room is the only cable show I listen to. The rest of the news comes to me via BBC & NPR.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  249. Stephanie

    CNN has its talking ,points and aggressively goes after people they are interviewing to get them to state or agree with them. If they do not state what the "message" of the day is, their comments are ignored. Then they are seldom seen again while people who sing your song are on nonstop, How about a poll, Jack to answer your question.

    Hosts and contributors offer subjective and "explanations" of the news rather than objective, factual reporting treating viewers like they lack critical thinking skills to use those facts to formulate their own opinion. Talking points flip and flop, no apologies are made when CNN is wrong and the topics covered are restricted to one or two

    The bp explosion in Texas was not covered because CNN was too busy doing non stop coverage on the Terry shivo case. Perhaps if safeth failures had been uncovered then, the whole Gulf incident would never have happened. But you will never here cable news admit to that preferring to point fingers and offer nonstop criticism of everyone else.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  250. Jim Jordan

    Gibbs is completely clueless about REAL AMERICA.So are 99.9% of Congress. It's hard to believe that the same people who create all the messes in America continue to get re-elected.
    Businesses are also clueless and don't really give a damn about REAL AMERICA. That's evident by jobs being outsourced,most products are manufactured overseas AND millions upon millions of ILLEGALS have jobs while AMERICANS are out of work.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  251. Sarine Nieuwenhuis, NYC

    Gibbs is right.

    Media is supposed to report the news not to tell me how to think. I can think on my own.

    In addition sometimes TV reporters do not have an open mind. When BP chairman used the word "small people" the media went idiotic. The BP chairman translated from his native tongue. There was nothing belittleling in the way he said it. It felt like the media was attempting to brainwashing.

    As time goes by, I watched less and less Cable news.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  252. bob

    Well I agree that BP was not on the ball when it comes to this massive spill in the Gulf with their procedures, and also with their response to the emergency at hand. But why is the MMS not getting the third degree up on the Hill along with BP? why does the Government think that if they fire the person at the top all will be forgotten on how they looked the other way for years. You know these people have gotten a nice severance pay check to keep their mouth shut, and a nice retirement for the rest of their lives....
    I want to see some of these people who were paid huge pay checks for not doing the job tax payers were paying them to go to jail..... Its just as much their fault as BP,s

    Just like the SEC with all the Bank bail outs the tax payers got stuck paying for....
    I guess all Government agencies are in bed with the ones they are paid to over see. Don't figure....

    June 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  253. EE Wiese

    I like CNN and MSNBC,for news,and I don't always agree with their guests or their anchors;therefore,I don't live in cable news.I support our government and our President,and don't watch Fox programs. Gene

    June 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  254. Lyn

    Yes Gibbs is right. Faux news and CNN are the worst. I used to watch CNN every day. I now find different things to watch after your station has changed so radically. I don't need to be informed by stations that try to tell me how I feel about the way things are going. I'm over 21 and am sane enough to form my own opinions. Please don't keep being a righty and preach for the Republicans. If they can't win alone then don't help them. You will never get me to vote for a Republican and the tea baggers. I'm not for, no guns, but they scare me the way they keep saying things about taking people down if they are Democrats.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  255. Dick Benoit

    I recently learned for myself that he's right. I am semi-retired in Las Vegas and addicted to at least two cable news fixes daily. Recently, however, I completed a road trip to visit my grandchildren near Lincoln Nebraska and take them to visit Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Passing through the states of Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming on our journey,l I tried to keep up with the leaking oil well dissaster. I was surprised by how little people were paying attention to it or television period in the common breakfast dining rooms we frequented over two weeks. As far as my daughter and son-in-law's home, the only televison we viewed was morning cartoons with the kids. Mom and dad were far too busy with work, the kids school and sports activites and church social events to turn it on. I decided to "do as the Romans" and I think by blood pressure dropped 10 points.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  256. Mitch

    Jack, Sec. Gibbs is right– Cable news is more interested in sell newspapers– I once enjoyed wataching CNN - You guys are nuts!!!
    You claim to be neutral in your views however you sound more and more like the TEA Party. Where is the responsible news reporting? All it seems is that you can say anything (no proof) and you guys will report it –SAD, SAD, SAD

    June 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  257. David

    Of course he's right. Most Americans don't live in the incestuous world of cable news, which is primarily Washington DC news, and 90% of which is not actually news but partisan political commentary. I know that saying this to a cable newsperson is almost pointless, but: Jack, it's not all about you.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  258. Rebecca Vesely

    Sadly, Americans have tunnel vision when assessing current events in the US I hear people making comments based on just what they hear on specific news channels without being open to all the information available. So, I do agree with Gibbs because I am one of those Americans that tries to assess all the information available not just what I am fed by the media

    June 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  259. Laura Serafin

    About 1 hr of any TV news is enough for me- if I focus my attention on all of the killings, robberies, corruption of local folks on network news, or the catastrophies and corruption that are world wide on cable news, I would ball up in a fetal position and not go outside anymore. I prefer to focus on being productive in my little life- earning enough to live above the poverty level, being loving and loved by family and friends, and when my time comes, hoping it is peaceful. As for politics and my support of our leaders, I will leave the debate to upcoming generations and make my decisions more on what I have learned over the yrs.and what I want my little world to look like.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  260. Michael from Keller Texas

    As a military officer I watch CNN all the time.....and I am real America. Now Fox is another story!!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  261. Jorge

    News Media helped get current Administration elected so can't figure why they'd be critical now. It's the Oil, It's the senseless Wars, it's the business as usual. About time News media asked where's the "Change"?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  262. EE Wiese

    Yes it does Jack. My son in law is having a great 2 years in chemical sales. He's a Democrat and his boss is Staunch conservative Republican. Our congress should take notes on what real bipartisanship is bluedogs,independents,liberterians,neocons and conservatives in general..They don't always agree on politics,but they do what's right for the good of the company. Gene

    June 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  263. Teri Headrick

    I am sure not one that goes with the Cable people. If I was
    I would be totally negative and confronting every little issue with
    sarcasim and hatred. Not the kind of world I want to live in.
    President Obama doesn't have a chance with that cable crowd
    and its been like that since day one. Why don't they want to
    help the country instead of divide Jack you know thats the truth..

    June 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  264. Nikki O

    Gibbs lives higher on the food chain now -he knows nothing about real Americans...he steps out on a platform – reads what's handed to him & runs back to his office.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  265. Joan

    Gibbs is right on !!!! I only tune in to watch Pres. Obama, not before or after, can't stand what the talking heads have to say.especially the ones that bash everything the president does or says. I prefer to watch Joy Behar, What not to wear,Yes to the dress and golf.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  266. Charles Thomas

    The reason Cable news does not appeal to real americans is because if you listen to the pundits, they all are seeking to be the most negative one of the group and to show that they are smart but they fail to realize that the american people care about their country and about the President of the United States, regardless of who it is, and do not appreciate the clown pundits attempting to tear down the president and the office when it is clear to everyone that the president is working very hard for the american people and is doing a good job.
    The president did not create the oil spill and cable should stop trying to put it around his neck but instead should be offering constructive programs to assist the american people and help the country. To often, cable is not a help to the country but just a negative, negative commentary that the american people are beginning to tune out and beginning to hate. Cable can do a much better job by sticking to facts.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  267. Scott

    Robert Gibbs is kind of right in the sense that those who don't watch cable news are not where all of real American lives...this just goes to show that many "real americans" who don't watch cable are clueless to the real issues of the world!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  268. jean carpenter

    Gibbs is right and you are wrong. Obama's administration can do no right with you– he's not hands on, he's too hands on. Without some stimulus, we would have no job growth right now. My real news I get from newspapers..not cable news, where so called reporters and commentators interview other reporters and commentators. You are totally opinion without thoughtful decision making: identifying the problem, doing the research, assessing possible actions being taken or taken, and researching and reporting again. You should be on to the campaign contributions by the oil companies with your right wing buddies.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm |