Obama Grants Interview to Fox News

Fox News will get 10 minutes with president while he's in China

By Caitlin Millat
|  Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009  |  Updated 2:25 PM PDT
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Obama Grants Interview to Fox News

In this Jan. 22, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama, center, stands near Fox News' Major Garrett, left, in the kitchen of the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington.

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The fight between Fox News and the President could finally be coming to a close.

President Obama will grant the conservative news network an on-camera interview, Fox's senior White House correspondent Major Garrett Tweeted Monday as he confirmed week-long rumors of the President's appearance.

"I will interview POTUS on camera Wed am here in Beijing," Garrett wrote, using the common "President of the United States" acronym.

"4 other networks will too. 10 mins per. Many had asked. Can say now," Garrett wrote.

The interview is a landmark move in the feud between Obama and Fox News, which began when Obama and his aides attacked the network earlier this year for biased news reporting that Obama said looked more like a "talk show" than a news program.

The network operates "almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said on CNN in October.

Fox News was quick to fight back against Obama, saying in an October statement that the White House's "war on a news organization" was keeping it from handling "critical issues that Americans are concerned about l ike jobs, health care and two wars."

Fox News talking heads Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly were the main targets of the Obama administration, while the White House exempted several correspondents, including Garrett, from its indictment.

Obama snubbed Fox earlier this fall on his September media blitz, when he sat down with NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN but steered clear of Fox News.

The president is in Asia for the first time, sitting down with world leaders including China's Hu Jintao.

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