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White House Finally Admits Hatred for FOX News

October 9, 2009

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Few doubted that Barack Obama‘s White House disliked FOX News, especially after Obama famously ignored FOX a few Sundays ago while interviewing with every other news network and Univision. Saturday Night Live even did a skit that portrayed Obama talking to the cast of MTV’s The Hills, and to the cast of a vampire show on the CW network, while still refusing to talk to FOX News. If anyone still doubted whether avoiding FOX is official White House policy, Communications Director Anita Dunn has made it plain:

DUNN: “[FOX is] opinion journalism masquerading as news… They are boosting their audience, but that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back.”

The reasoning behind this direct attack defies political common sense. Why would you attack the top news network out there? Dunn is no low-level White House staffer anonymously leaking something to the press. She is the White House Chief Communications Director, and she gave this quote to Time magazine.  She is the voice of the White House. In other words, the White House officially wants the world to know that they think FOX News is not real news, and they are going on the offensive against FOX. (Of course, if FOX isn’t a real news network, then why was it the only network to break the recent Van Jones and ACORN scandals? And why did its coverage of those stories lead to Van Jones resigning in disgrace, and to Congress cutting off all funding from ACORN?)

We now know more than ever (thanks to the newly released Bill Clinton tapes) that President Clinton hated the press. Yet Clinton never attacked the press in this way. He was politically shrewd. I question the wisdom behind the Obama White House’s decision to demean the very network that people are paying attention to more and more each day.  And as John King pointed out on CNN, the only people this will hurt are the congressional Democrats on the ticket next year.

A week ago the official White House blog said FOX likes to “disregard the facts” and “FOX lies.” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs also told Time magazine that FOX News is like a baseball player crowding the plate, and that “the only way to get somebody to stop crowding the plate is to throw a fastball at them.”

But this may all backfire. Dunn and Obama’s strategy of freezing out FOX News just may lead to millions of viewers voting out this White House in 2012.

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51 Comments
  1. Hammer permalink
    October 9, 2009 5:39 am

    Great job Fox and thanks for bringing me the real news everynight

  2. ElanaSe permalink
    October 9, 2009 6:30 am

    As radical as he is, Chairman Zero proves himself over and over again as an incompetent, impulsive and thinskinned empty suit. May be those exact qualities will save the country from the real socialist disaster.
    Good job, FOX.

  3. fred lapides permalink
    October 9, 2009 7:24 am

    Sir–
    When a news channel, and its many right wing commentators consistently belittle everything the president says or does, and they refused to carry a speech he made nationally, do you think he owes something to them? Nonsense.

    The socialism rant that always appears in comments such as this clearly indicate a lack of knowing what socialism truly is. If you dislike the govt, then don’t bank at a bank withb govt insured deposits, keep off govt funded highways, get your parents off Medicare etc etc etc

    • ElanaSe permalink
      October 9, 2009 10:23 am

      Fred, jumped to say hello to the rightwing mob? What do you know about participants here, Mr. Know-it-all?
      I know firsthand what the hell Socialism is – because I lived under it for… mm…almost two decades. But what’s my past compare to your undoubted authority. I especially loved the depth of etc. etc. etc/
      Everything is simple in your leftwing world: don’t buy, don’t do, don’t use. But what if we come to the point when there is no choice anymore left but gov. run services? Say it’s impossible?

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 9, 2009 10:36 am

      Fred,

      no…Obama owes Fox News nothing but it’s obvious by the plans he has for our country he has a lot of other debts to pay

      Julie

    • Swemson permalink
      October 9, 2009 7:25 pm

      FRED;

      HOW DARE YOU QUESTION OUR RIGHT TO CHALLENGE THE AUTHORITY OF A MASSIVELY DISHONEST AND CORRUPT GOVERNMENT WITH VIRTUALLY NO RESPECT FOR OUR CONSTITUTION….

      NO SIR.. THIS IS OUR COUNTRY, AND IF ANYONE IS GOING TO HAVE TO ADJUST TO THE LAWS AND TRADITIONS OF THIS COUNTRY IT’S GOING TO BE THE LIARS, CROOKS, & POWER HUNGRY SOCIOPATHS THAT LOOTERS LIKE YOU SEEM TO IDENTIFY WITH…..

      GO SIR.. AND DARKEN OUR TOWELS NO LONGER (Groucho Marx)

      • fiftyfifty permalink
        October 11, 2009 11:33 pm

        fred I see you found my buddy swemson —– aka priggishness man
        all these Clarence Darrow have all anwsers

    • The Inquisitor permalink
      October 10, 2009 7:25 am

      “When a news channel, and its many right wing commentators consistently belittle everything the president says or does …”

      What’s not to belittle?

    • Retired Soldier permalink
      October 10, 2009 8:30 am

      Fred,
      Comrade O likes people like you. So much depth of thought. Someone Comrade O admires, Lenin said people like you are, “Useful.”

    • October 10, 2009 2:32 pm

      Just got a call from your answering service: Your brain won’t be ready for a week !

    • October 10, 2009 5:31 pm

      comment to fred….about getting off Medicare or getting your parents off Medicare. I am 60 and if I wasn’t FORCED to pay into Medicare, and for that matter Social Security, I wouldn’t. I get so mad at people like you telling us to get out of those programs. We CANT!!!! so since we and our parents , and everyone else for that matter, has paid into them, why SHOULDN’T we accept the piddley amt given us by those programs. Please, let me know what I can do to cancel my forced payment into Medicare and Social Security and I’ll do it! If you don’t have any suggestions, then please play another tune. I’m getting tired of hearing yours.

    • babyolus seearight permalink
      October 12, 2009 10:33 am

      This one is a f??l, he/she is a cow being led to the dungeon. not until when he/she wakes up will he/she realised hi/herself.

  4. gatekeeper96740 permalink
    October 9, 2009 8:16 am

    Fox has decided not to wear the presidential knee pads that other news shows CHOSE to put on.
    great job FOX
    Why was AXELROD seen meeting Bill Ails two weeks ago?

    • Cas Balicki permalink
      October 9, 2009 8:33 am

      To make a threat.

    • October 11, 2009 11:07 am

      @ gatekeeper. Nah, those aren’t kneepads that they’re issuing. Those are miniature prayer rugs. They’re handing out one for each knee.

  5. keithstir permalink
    October 10, 2009 2:51 am

    The White House is going to ignore the 800lb gorilla?

    Don’t wear banana yellow Anita Dunn.

  6. October 10, 2009 4:43 am

    And of course Fred, General Electric has no agenda for all it’s cable media outlets, time to wise up and smell the true bias Fred

    • LYarbrough permalink
      October 11, 2009 1:47 am

      People like Fred don’t even know that GE owns so many media outlets. Same basic news script for each anchor across he board…NBC, MSNBC CNC, ect….same script, Fred

  7. Patriotrick permalink
    October 10, 2009 5:49 am

    The current admin. could easlly deflect the controversy by supplying facts to support their claim of lies. Fortunately for them a large portion of the population places more creedence on star power and trust me than facts so why bother.

  8. shane comeback permalink
    October 10, 2009 6:21 am

    I HOPE this country has the sense to vote out these facists in 2010 and 2012. Fred,put an ice cube in that kool-aid,will you?

    • Swemson permalink
      October 10, 2009 2:34 pm

      Even if we do Shane, they’re just going screw with the voting results…

      They’re experts at it you know…

    • babyolus seearight permalink
      October 12, 2009 10:38 am

      swemson,I support you

  9. Joyce permalink
    October 10, 2009 6:21 am

    This smacks of Chavez and his shutdown of television stations that don’t kowtow to the leader. This is the most arrogrant bunch of thugs I have ever seen! This administration has had the old media bending over and they are making a big mistake going after FOX. Keep up the great work, FOX.

  10. Jenn permalink
    October 10, 2009 6:27 am

    Possibly Fred has never actually watched Fox News.

  11. jhimmi permalink
    October 10, 2009 7:13 am

    It seems Becks’ ability to hit paydirt on the Van Jones and Acorn stories has caused the White House to move on from rule #5:
    “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”
    to rule #12:
    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

    You know what would be great? Serious public conversations and debates over capitalism vs. socialism, totalitarian statist federalism vs. dual federalism. Instead we get Michael Moore’s new mockumentary about capitalism.

    • October 12, 2009 12:17 pm

      This country is woefully ignorant of what these ideologies really are. We do need a national debate to educate people. I earned almost a 4.00 on my MBA, emphasis in economics using the book, YOU CAN TRUST THE COMMUNISTS (TO BE COMMUNISTS) by Dr. Fred C. Schwarz. It’s the same book that Ronald Regan used to understand and deal with Socialism. You can download a FREE copy at the URL below. Click on Books Online and download:

      http://www.schwarzreport.org/

  12. Ric permalink
    October 10, 2009 8:15 am

    Fred, time for the Meds bud. It is evident that you must have been in a Coma the past eight years, that would explain your lack of knowledge of Network News and it’s content or lack there of.
    In respect to your get off Government anything comment …. You may want to educate yourself by reading a few great documents of this American Nation. I recommend the following: The Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution of the United States.
    The government is NOT responsible for the Freedom, Prosperity, and Leadership that this American Nation has shown the world…… We The People are !
    Through these writings and actions by the PEOPLE who stood behind them, by comparison this young nation has developed far beyond those who has existed centuries longer and has become a beckon of hope for those who suffer under the oppression of their GOVERNMENT.
    Socialism..hmmmm When was the last time you saw a human build a raft out of logs and rope, paddle through shark infested waters patrolled by gun boats to get into the WORKERS paradise of CUBA.

  13. Retired Soldier permalink
    October 10, 2009 8:47 am

    I believe all the networks and cable news stations when talking about politics, the economy, or immigration, excluding Fox (but including Shepard Smith), are nothing but left wing propagandists posing as news stations.
    When are Americans going to wake up!
    I think every advertiser on these stations should have their products boycotted!
    I wish there were a website that identified them, published names and addresss for Americans to write to and complain about their support for such stations.

    PS Perhaps the White House Communications Director was unaware that individuals at FOX News donated more money, during the Presidential election cycle, to Democrats than the people at ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, or CNN.

  14. politicalmoxie permalink
    October 10, 2009 10:01 am

    “Good Job” commenters! Fred never came back…

  15. October 10, 2009 12:26 pm

    Next Saturday, October 17, 2009, WE, THE PEOPLE will show the “fringe media” exactly how we feel about the fact that they’ve hidden the facts from the American People. FOX News is on the “safe” list because they’re the ONLY network that’s been fair and balanced in this crisis. Join the operation and show them how YOU feel! google: operation can you hear us now STAND UP AND TELL THE MEDIA WE’RE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THEIR SOCIALIST PARTISAN BIASED PROPOGANDA!!

    • Colette permalink
      October 14, 2009 9:04 am

      thanks for the heads-up……I think the administration is showing it’s true-colors & is feeling threatened by Fox News for exposing their agenda to get their way and silence anyone who opposes them. They do not understand that there is no way to stop this train of ever-growing millions who listen to & prefer to support a more fair & balanced approach to our news …….It’s obvious that the powers that be intend to divide and conquer America…
      a good example of this was when our so called chiefe pretended to have not seen the masses that attended the tea-party in D.C….Yet, he addresses the crowd that paraded for same-sex marriage.
      It will serve the administration well to take the wax out of their ears & the blinders off their eyes and realize that denial is not the way to “make us go away”…..
      Your opposition is building a wall, one brick at a time…..

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        October 14, 2009 2:08 pm

        collette said:

        “I think the administration is showing it’s true-colors & is feeling threatened by Fox News for exposing their agenda to get their way and silence anyone who opposes them”

        I agree!!! I also think it’s more than just the administration; it’s Leftist/neo-Communist ideological tactic. Let’s also not forget there are millions of Americans who voted for “this” and continue to support “it”.

        Julie

  16. geniemaker permalink
    October 10, 2009 1:30 pm

    You know the old saying: The truth hurts. Our reality-impaired lamestream media is so far up this administration’s behind, they can’t be extracted without major surgery.
    Long live Fox News. Thanks for the truth and God bless.

  17. Hans permalink
    October 10, 2009 3:36 pm

    Starting now Fox News is my home page.I am going for the ‘Change’.

  18. MARY MALBERG permalink
    October 10, 2009 5:22 pm

    THE WHITE HOUSE AND OBAMA ARE AFRAID OF FOX NEWS BECAUSE THAT NETWORK IS EXPOSING ALL OF THEM. HA HA.

  19. geniemaker permalink
    October 10, 2009 6:04 pm

    Barbara S ~ Bravo. Well said.

    • October 10, 2009 6:20 pm

      Just another comment regarding SS. I actually sent an email to SSA asking them how to go about being removed from their roles and letting them know that I was not interested in paying into SS any longer. …(I know.. like I had a choice) but I thought what the hey… I ‘ll give it a try. I did receive an email back from SSN informing me on how to go about applying for it. No mention made of my request. It might have been also because I asked to be paid back all that I had paid into SS all the past years (with interest) and I would invest that money into an account for my retirement…another yeah right…like I’ll NEVER retire. Oh well. I really WOULD like to stop paying into this bankrupt system and would appreciate any suggestions.

      • October 10, 2009 7:36 pm

        Barabara S
        You might investigate expatriation from the 14th ammendment of the constitution. It appears that there is a HUGE difference between corporate law and common law and expatriation is the first step to getting out from the juridiction of corporate law. It’s all quite a paradigm shift and perhaps worth one’s while to investigate

        • October 10, 2009 8:02 pm

          just looked up expatriation in regards to not paying SS. What little I did understand, I would have to terminate my US residency status which I don’t want to do.
          Even in the 1700’s during the beginning of our country, the common folk were concerned about “these lawyers and men of learning, and moneyed men, that talk so finely, and gloss over matters so smoothly, to make us poor illiterate people swallow down the pill……
          No wonder so many of our elected officials are lawyers. You have to be one to read through all the technical lingo. They know that if we understood, we’d NEVER vote for what they have and are still doing to us…that with each law passed, a little more of our rights are taken away. Call me a cynic, but I think it’s too late for us as a country.
          I’ll keep looking into expatriation but I won’t hold my breath for any simple, clear cut answers.

          • October 10, 2009 9:20 pm

            So far from what I understand, expatriation from the 14th ammendment IS involved and shouldn’t be pursued without knowing as much as you can about the difference between a common law citizen and a corporate law entity. I began to investigate when the issues of national sovereignity and state sovereignity began to creep into my awareness. I asked myself, ‘Am I individually sovereign as defined by the law?’ I’ve been rudely awakened by what I’ve learned so far. I’m not talking about expatriation from America but expatriation from the 14th ammendment. I think that they are very different situations.

            I hadn’t looked into pulling out of contributing to SS. I’ll have to investigate that.

  20. October 10, 2009 9:42 pm

    I called my cable provider and requested that they eliminate MSNBC and CNN from their offerings. I told them I would even pay a higher rate to be allowed to not have them in my package. I pointed out that, as an alternative, they could put on two more shopping channels and most people wouldn’t notice the difference and, as a bonus, these channels would help stimulate the economy by encouraging consumption. The cable representative who was listening to my request agreed with my last point. She could not see how MSNBC and CNN could even remotely stimulate the economy.

  21. October 11, 2009 1:50 am

    I would be far more concerned about the integrity and veracity of FOX News if it were something of which Mr. Obama approved. His loathing of it is actually quite reassuring.

  22. Eamonn, Dublin permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:01 pm

    I watch Fox regularly via satellite here in Dublin, Ireland. A lot of the factual information I discover from Fox is not transmitted by any of the media here. “Factual”? Well, yes, actually, “factual” – I know this because in many instances these facts become news much later on the other media. Much, much later, when, such as in the recent ACORN and Van Jones stories, the mainstream HAS to cover them because they are becoming public anyway. If ACORN is being defunded, and Van Jones is having to resign, then the mainstream media HAS to ultimately cover the stories or their own severe bias would be revealed to even the most naive of Democrat supporters. Roll ’em, Fox! Eamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

  23. Bob Wit permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:27 am

    Fox your in good company, Obama didn’t want to talk to the Dalai Lama either.

    • Colette permalink
      October 14, 2009 12:04 pm

      In my opinion, He is not ready, willing or able……
      and is on the campaign trail, still~!~

      Unreachable, Unteachable, Incommunicable, Intractable, Impracticable, Unmaskable=equals= Impeachable!

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      October 14, 2009 2:27 pm

      Bob wit said:
      Fox your in good company, Obama didn’t want to talk to the Dalai Lama either.

      LOL

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