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Glenn Beck to White House: “Call Me”

October 14, 2009

Something has  happened recently that most of us never thought possible: the White House has actually been engaged in a smear campaign against an entire television network. Fox News, the Obama administration says, is not even a “real news channel.”

Of course, if one believes that heavily biased MSNBC is a “real” news channel, one’s views may rightfully be called skewed and therefore less than credible — but let’s put that aside for now.

The goal of the smear campaign is twofold: first and foremost, the White House wants to discredit Fox News. Unlike its competitors — such as CNN and CBS — Fox stirred up one controversy after another involving key Obama allies and advisers. Without Fox, former Green Jobs Czar Van Jonesa self-identified communist revolutionary who loathes America — would still be in office.

Secondly, one cannot help but get the impression that the White House is trying to bully Fox into submission. They want Fox to believe that image problems will cause its ratings to drop significantly. The message: Stop criticizing Obama and the people he has surrounded himself with, or find yourself without an audience.

Glenn Beck — and the entire Fox News channel with him — does not appear terribly impressed. Beck mocked the White House Tuesday by installing and displaying in his studio a bright red phone — similar to the infamous red phone of the Cold War era — and telling White House press secretary Robert Gibbs to call him the next time he believes Beck makes an inaccurate statement. Beck’s feisty attitude should give us all hope that he will continue to be critical of the Obama administration.

But there is reason to fear for Fox nonetheless; the network might be powerful and influential,  but it is difficult to see how it can resist a ruthless White House determined to isolate, ridicule, smear, and even annihilate it, much longer. Color me perturbed.

  1. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:15 am

    Sad how NONE of the other media outlets challenged the indictment of the Fox News channel as not a “real news channel”

    • In the know permalink
      October 14, 2009 7:34 am

      Would you complain if your competitor was destroying you and the big bad government started attacking them?

  2. rodgers permalink
    October 14, 2009 7:36 am

    My Forecast: Nothing will change for me. I will still listen to Fox News and Fox Opinion Providers…as well as my internet sources.

    Isolates the Main Stream as not up to jounalistic standards.
    Ridicules and we all have a laugh at the WH.
    Smears we are getting tired of and well-trained to ignore without persuasive evidence.
    Annihilate them by attemping to curtail freedoms of speech like imposing fairness doctrines and hate speech penalties, and like Canada we have to fight for them again once we awaken from our dreams and find ourselves in a nightmare.

  3. October 14, 2009 8:44 am

    This is just pathetic, it’s beyond belief. The MGMSM is dying on the vine and now they are getting their ‘boy’, ‘the one’ they literally put into the White House with lies and fraudulent reporting. Now the MGMSM ‘massas’ want their ‘boy’ to smash their competition, FNC, so the MGMSM can get back some their landslide audience losses! What a travesty of Americanism!

    They are definitely DEAD wrong though! As Juan Williams (love that guy) on FNC noted last nite, it is SUICIDE for the MGMSM and the WHPO to go down this road.

    Also as Brit Hume eloquently noted last nite ” The Press always has the last barrel of ink”;-)

  4. OregonBuzz permalink
    October 14, 2009 8:55 am

    Our Dear Leader and his cheerleaders at McNews are definitely feeling the heat. Old proverb: “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen”. Of course, leave us not forget that at the beginning of the donnybrook over so-called ‘health care reform’ we were asked to spy on each other and report anything “fishy”. Most of the fishy smell is coming from inside the beltway. Something rotten this way comes.

  5. P-Diddle permalink
    October 14, 2009 10:56 am

    I though this was one of the BEST shows beck has done. I will not erase it from my DVR. From beginning to end, everything he said resonated with me. hope it did the same for others, too!

  6. October 14, 2009 12:21 pm

    Maybe BHO will institute a new Czar, the Office of Vicious Analogous Rumors & Yammering! (OVARY).

    Specially charged with the mission to crack down on snarkey blogs and independent journalist investigators who are out to expose the fraud BHO and his ilk, for what they really represent.

    Come get you some;-)

  7. jon permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:32 pm

    the problem with fox is that it calls itself a “news” channel, but its mostly just opinion. if you actually watch a “news” program on Fox, Sheppard Smith for instance, its not this over the top alarmist BS.

    of course, other networks (MSNBC) are guilty of this as well.

    unfortunately, the white house is only fueling the fire.

  8. MaryAnn permalink
    October 15, 2009 5:58 am

    I find what the Obama administration is doing frightening, more so because the majority of news outlets agree and help him. We get our information about the government from news sources and not evryone listens to FOX. Free speech and freedom of the press is not a right given only to benefit journalists. It is there for the benefit of the whole society. Once the powers that be control that, they control all of us.

  9. October 15, 2009 7:07 pm

    And how have the cable news ratings been this week for Fox, CNN, MSNBC? How about ABC and CBS. Who is America watching?
    The Huffington Post reports: Fox News has pulled off another dominant quarter, claiming the top 10 cable news programs in 3Q 2009 and growing against 3Q 2008, while CNN and MSNBC lost substantial portions of their election-boom audience.

    Today Bill O’Reilly stated that Fox News recently took the top 13 spots in ALL of cable news. I’d say that the majority of Americans get their information from Fox – Fair and Balanced.

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