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Anna Sheffer
March 16, 2018 8:24 am

President Donald Trump has recently announced that he plans to visit North Korea and meet with Kim Jong-un. And while the idea of our president meeting with Kim after he has insulted him and bragged about having a bigger nuclear button than him may seem troubling to some people, conservative media has embraced the idea. However, as one viral video points out, when President Barack Obama suggested the same thing, Fox News had a very different attitude about speaking to North Korea.

In a video published on March 15th, NowThis News compared clips of Fox News anchors and commentators discussing Trump and Obama’s plans to meet with North Korea. And the clips demonstrate a remarkable difference in attitude when Trump and Obama propose the same idea.

When Obama was the one to propose North Korean peace talks, the network cried that Obama “likes talking to dictators” and questioned his decision to meet with Kim. But after Trump suggested it, Fox News referred to his plan as “another stunning Donald Trump breakthrough” and said Trump was “scoring a big win.” Trump’s talks with Kim are “audacious,” would “make North Korea safer,” and could even net Trump a Nobel Peace Prize, according to the network. Obama’s efforts, meanwhile, were a “mistake,” and deemed pointless because “the hatred for America is never going to go away.”

To see the difference for yourself, watch the video below:

Fox News and its hosts like Sean Hannity consistently defend conservative politicians and attack liberal ones, so there’s nothing new there. But the fact that the network has reacted so differently to one of Obama’s diplomacy efforts when it was proposed by Trump seems hypocritical, to say the least. We need news networks to look beyond their own biases and focus on policies, not politicians.

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