In a recent interview given by President Barack Obama to The New Republic, he told the outlet that "one of the biggest factors" in the gun control debate is going to be how the media shapes the debates. "If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with the Democrats on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it," he said. On today's America Live, Megyn Kelly reacted, saying that for her, this latest and the president's other recent comments about Fox News aren't the true takeaway from his remarks. "For me this isn't about what he said about Fox News [...] it's {C}{C}

about once again the president saying that if somebody disagrees with him, if Republicans disagree with him, it's because someone has 'gotten' to them," she told Fox News Digital political editor Chris Stirewalt. "It sounds dismissive of heartfelt beliefs that Republicans may hold or their constituents may hold that just don't line up with his." Stirewalt agreed with her analysis, adding that the president's remarks "impute to his critics the worst possible motives," inferring that any lawmaker who would go against such a legislative compromise would do so only because they're a coward. "It gives us an insight on why little progress has been made on issues of substance in Washington," Stirewalt said. "If the president thinks these guys are that bad [...] it's no wonder that he doesn't want to work with them and that they don't trust him to do big things with."

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