Friday, October 23, 2009

The White House vs. Fox News

I've been watching the hysterical fit that the White House is having about Fox News with great interest.

Strangely enough, since I don't think much of this rag anymore, the New York Times has a pretty good summary of what has gone on both in front of and behind the scenes in the "war" between the WH and Fox.

I think Michael Clemente, senior vice president for news and editorial programming at Fox, has it right: the war with Fox News is part of a larger strategy from the White House to marginalize their critics. The truth is, this administration evidently can't take the heat. Barack Hussein Obama was the recipient of unprecedented fawning coverage during the campaign, and they would like that to continue, thank you very much, for Obama's "eight years" in office. Thankfully, some of the people in the profession formerly known as journalism seem to be waking up. We'll see.

The American Thinker has an article that discusses the recent "solidarity" of the White House press pool, when Barack Obama, (D) the first African-American president in the history of the US, added a dubious first to his presidency--for the first time in the history of the US the president banned an entire network from the White House press pool. Which network? Why the one the administration is futilely trying to delegitimize but is only helping--Fox, of course.

I think another reason for the White House calling out and blaming Fox is because even they must know that the excuse, "It's Bush's fault," is getting 'way beyond old with the American people. So the bad, bad Fox News theme is just their newest way of ducking responsibility when things aren't going well for the White House. Classy.

P.S. Some wag described the dustup that Fox is having with the WH as "ratings candy." They relish the fight, plus their ratings are going through the roof. It seems that Rahm "Dead Fish" Emanuel has misjudged his opponent.

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